FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can attend Fairwinds Family Camp?
Any child (ages 1-17) who self identifies as transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, different than the sex they were assigned at birth, or otherwise "gender-expansive" in any way, PLUS, any and all of that child's family members ("connected" or "chosen" family included!).
Can we bring extended family members?
How about family friends?
Yes and yes! Chosen family and "connected family" are all welcome and are encouraged to join in the fun.
What are the cabins like?
Family cabins are approximately 24' x 14' with two bedrooms and a full bathroom in the middle of the bedrooms. There is a small entry way where the bathroom door is, so there is only one entrance to it (not "jack & jill" style). There will be at least one twin-size bed for each of your family members in the cabin. We have a limited number of shared cabins for families of 1-3 people. This includes one of the bedrooms and the bathroom is shared with another party in the the other bedroom. Each bedroom has a door for privacy. Cabins are equipped with wifi.
Each cabin has a ceiling fan as well as an air conditioner in each bedroom. However, it's important to understand that the cabins aren't insulated like a house is, so the inside temperature can fluctuate more based on the outside temperature.
How do trans and/or LGBTQ/queer parents fit in?
We recognize that there are a number of queer/trans parents and guardians who also have queer/trans kids. While the focus on Fairwinds is around having a child who identifies as such, there is always room to discuss the adult perspective, and there may be a break-out group for queer parents if enough people are interested. We also employ some wonderful trans and queer staff who serve as great role models for all our campers.
Sample daily schedule
8:30 am: Breakfast
9:30 am - Noon: Parent/guardian breakout groups followed by free time, while kids enjoy separate activities with our staff
1:00 pm - 5:30pm: Activity areas open for families to enjoy together:
Kayaking/paddle boarding/pedal boating
Arts & crafts
Various field sports
Rec hall (mini basketball/ping pong/foosball)
Or just relax and hang out!
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Evening activity (family karaoke/campfire with s'mores/family game show/variety show)
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Optional adult hang out time while kids are supervised by staff separately
I see the price per cabin is all-inclusive.
What exactly does that mean?
Unlike a hotel, Fairwinds pricing includes everything your family needs to enjoy the entire experience of being away for the week.
Lodging for 6 nights
3 daily meals plus snacks
Separate parent/adult groups and kids' activities, plus lots of family time to participate in land and water activities
All equipment and crafts supplies needed for our activities
Coffee maker and small fridge in cabin
Twin size beds with linens and bath towels in cabin
Ceiling fan and air conditioner in each bedroom
What are the parent/adult groups like?
Each group topic is tailored to the adults who are at camp at the time, and what they want to discuss related to their children and families. Groups are moderated by professional staff who have experience with families raising trans/non-binary kids, and the groups provide invaluable connection and insight. We believe that every family has a lot to gain and a lot to offer during these groups.
What are your cancellation/refund policies?
Because we pay in advance for all the elements needed for your family to have a wonderful week with us, we cannot give refunds within 4 months of your session start date. Full refunds are available up until 4 months before your start date (e.g., if your start date is July 23, we cannot offer any refunds after March 23). Exact dates for refunds are listed on the enrollment application.
Where exactly is Fairwinds located?
Fairwinds Family Camp is located in the beautiful Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. The closest airport is Portland International Jetport (PWM), a little over an hour's drive from camp. We do not post our exact location for the confidentiality of all attending families, some of whom do not have the ability to be "out" in their home communities. We will send our address to all families as soon as their enrollment is complete.