Inclusion at CDW

Camp Dark Waters is committed to being a safe space for children to learn and grow. We believe that a thriving community is one that acknowledges and embraces diverse identities — age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, nationality, religion, physical and mental ability, and socioeconomic status — and that the range of identities, beliefs and experiences at Dark Waters strengthens us as a community and as individuals. We encourage children to be their truest selves and strive to make sure all campers feel valued within our community, because of who they are, where they come from and how they identify.

Camp Dark Waters strives to be welcoming to transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer campers and staff. Though we don’t have gender-neutral cabins, we make sure to place non-cisgender campers and staff into the cabin groups they feel most comfortable. All other areas of our program and facilities, from our activities to our single-stall bathrooms and showers, are gender-neutral. We believe in the value of privacy, so will not disclose a camper or staff member’s gender identity, sexual orientation, transition status, etc. to anyone without clear direction from that person.

We welcome all campers and families and will make every effort to accommodate anyone who is interested in coming to camp. We know that new experiences can sometimes benefit from additional support, and encourage you to contact us if you’d like to discuss how we can work together to make camp a rewarding and successful experience for you or your child.