We create magical summer camp experiences for LGBTQ+ youth, ages 14 to 18, and their families, filled with fun, pride, community, friends, support, self-discovery, and memories to last a lifetime.
Former banking executive Puck Markham created Camp Lightbulb in 2011 as one of the first nonprofit camps for LGBTQ+ youth in the nation. A core component of his vision was the creation of a Rainbow Squad: a group of validated and confident LGBTQ+ youth who support and have fun with one another. Spaces like Camp Lightbulb are rare but critically important to the healthy development of queer youth.
We chose Provincetown as our primary home because of the town’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community that has sustained for generations. Since its founding, Camp Lightbulb has expanded to New York City and Los Angeles, both home to flourishing LGBTQ+ communities of their own.
Our commitment to connect campers to the LGBTQ+ community separates Camp Lightbulb from similar spaces. We intentionally host our camps in the heart of LGBTQ+ communities so that campers see the beauty of a community unapologetically flying free and can manifest a sense of pride within themselves.
Camp Lightbulb is a proud member of the American Camp Association.