Who we are
The Spirit Pride Project (formerly Spiritual Pride Project), founded 2009 is a non-profit dedicated to the idea that LGBTQ+ young people deserve to know that who they are is valuable, powerful, and lovable. We use camp as a vehicle for a spirituality retreat through team-building, community-building, and identity-forming games, workshops, and activities. Our current program includes an annual summer-camp-style weekend retreat each spring and with your support, hope to expand to expand in order to serve more campers in the Southern United States.
The Planning Team
SPP is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers year-round. We are youth workers, artists, organizers, activists, social workers, ministers, camp professionals, and others who care deeply for the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. We are always looking for partners with us in organizing, funding, and executing this extremely unique spirituality retreat for LGBTQ+.youth and young adults and youth of LGBTQ+ families.
Requirements for successful participation in our program include a pluralistic/open/accepting perspective (accepting multiple paths as many equally valid truths and experiences), a commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression of all kinds, and willing to undergo a background check and interview. We have opportunities that range from one time events to ongoing commitments for all ages. Click below to apply to join the team!
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Who can attend?
We welcome youth and young adults ages 12-30 in a uniquely intergenerational summer-camp-style retreat setting. Housing placement by age is available to every gender. Coming with a friend? Let us know your housing preferences on the registration form. We encourage people who identify as LGBTQ+ and children of LGBTQ+ families of all religious and spiritual (including nonspiritual and nonreligious) backgrounds to join us.
Our event is a spirituality retreat especially designed for diverse, multicultural LGBTQ+ youth and young adults of all backgrounds and beliefs. We use the tools of teambuilding, community building, and identify formation activities to cultivate a pride in self, community, and identity. Our tenth annual retreat was a great success! We can’t wait for next year (dates TBA). You must register in order to attend the event. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
We fund the event through grants, donations, and fundraisers in order to eliminate a fee for participants. It costs the organization approximately $200 to pay for each participant, including all meals, activities including high ropes and zip line, workshops, lodging, and the experience of a lifetime. To help fund a camper’s experience, please donate through our donate button. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Central / East Texas (undisclosed location until registration confirmation)
2020 Date TBA
*Retreat dates are typically announced each fall and are scheduled anywhere between February and May, according to facility availability.
Frequently asked questions
What if I can't pay?
We ensure that cost of coming presents no barrier to any camper, participant, or volunteer. The cost of every camper is roughly $200 for all meals, activities, and housing. We ask for campers to pay what they can with no restrictions or impact to their full participation.
Why a Spirituality Retreat?
SPP founders identified that those of us who grew up in the Bible Belt felt or observed others being excluded from spiritual practices and religious life. We believe all young people have the right to harness every possible asset to help them build a sense of self and community, including spirituality or religion if they choose. For those who do not identify as spiritual or religious, we seek to cultivate allyship, understanding, and support.
Where is it?
For safety and confidentiality purposes, the location of the annual retreat is disclosed as a receipt and confirmation of registration. SPP currently holds retreats in the East/Central Texas region.
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