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 at the campsite 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 at some point 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. Send us your request, and we will update the schedule.

 

Our application has been shortened for the 2014 camp outs. We are hoping the application form will now be easier to fill out and easier to send to us.

 

You can find out more information on the application page. If you have any questions about the change, please be sure to contact us.

 

The LVL PWA Camp outs are for gay men living with — or affected by — HIV-AIDS.

 

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 numerous 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 groups such as the Colt 45's in the past, and now Texas United Charities of Houston, who purchase and prepare the food, and then drive 150 miles to and from the camp outs on Saturdays to serve lunch!

 

The camp out begins at Noon on Friday, May 9, 2014 and ends at Noon on Sunday, May 11, 2014. 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us: campout@lvlpwa.com

Updated January 22, 2014