LVLPWA Camp Out
The LVL PWA Camp outs are for gay men living with — or affected by — HIV-AIDS.
In 1995, Marvin Davis, aka Lady Victoria Lust, had a dream. His dream was to have a place where HIV+ men could meet without fear of rejection because of their status, a place where they could talk about their disease and network with others to learn how to manage their disease better. He founded the LVLPWA camp out with that dream in mind. After he passed, John Szewczyk took the reins and kept the dream alive.
The camp out begins at Noon on Friday, May 13, 2016 and ends at Noon on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Volunteers who arrive on Thursday are expected to pitch in and help get the campground ready. Volunteers who stay late Sunday are expected to help clean up the campground after the camp out.
This is a gay male event. Your $25.00 donation helps cover the cost of the camp out. Additional funding of the camp out is provided by donations from individuals and corporations.
Funding is also provided through the efforts of entertainers performing at fund raisers hosted by community social groups such as the Debris Sisters in Houston, Texas and the Trinity River Bears in Fort Worth, Texas.
Additional help to defray the cost of the camp outs is provided through various groups in Texas who contribute by buying and preparing food for Saturday lunch, as well as contributions from individual campers who contribute monetarily at the camp out.
One thing that was never planned, but does occur at every camp out, are the friendships that are built. Every one, no matter what part of Texas they are from, or what state they are from, all share the common bonds of being gay, and are living with HIV/AIDS — or are directly affected by HIV/AIDS, such as a partner. Being out in the country is very relaxing and sets people at ease.
Many people are strangers at the start of the camp out but that quickly changes on its own. You can walk up to a couple of campers sitting at a picnic table and they are talking about what they felt like when they were diagnosed. Some may be sitting in front of a tent and comparing medications that they have been on over the years.
A few campers walking down a trail may be talking about social services in their city. Another group may be reminiscing “the good old days”. It is very comforting to all that “THEY” are not alone in their struggle with HIV/AIDS but they are a part of a bigger “WE”.
We provide all meals. Snacks and other foods are available all weekend for those who may want them, or may need to have them when they take medications. We provide nonalcoholic beverages. We allow BYOB, and campers must drink responsibly.
Some campers enjoy "hosting" a cocktail party during the week-end. If you are interested in hosting a cocktail party during the LVL PWA Camp Out, you can find a list of proposed times on the Schedule Page. Any slot that says "open" is available. Fill out your request on the application, and we will update the schedule.
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Updated 25 December 2015