meet some campers

Our Campers are a diverse crowd of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender folks from all over the world. Yes, the vast majority are from the United States, but Campers from such places as Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Germany have joined us over the past 16 years as well. They come from all walks of life and come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, so – don’t worry – you’ll fit right in!

 

Throughout the year, we’ll ask a few Campers to fill out a short questionnaire full of random personal facts, Camp trivia, and pop-culture tidbits then feature them here on this page. It’s a fun way to get to know some of them a little better. We’ll continue to add new Camper profiles periodically, so please visit this page again in the future to learn more about some of the fun folks you’ll meet when you join us for ‘Camp’ Camp in August!

 

 

 

Mary Ellen Mahan, Lawn Games Instructor at 'Camp' Camp, a summer camp vacation for LGBT adults in MaineMary Ellen Mahan

Full given name  Mary Ellen Mahan

Nickname  MEM

Hometown  Hazlet, NJ

Current hometown  Birdsboro, PA

Zodiac sign  Taurus

‘Camp’ Camp role  Lawn Games Instructor, Fitness Instructor

First year at Camp  2013

Number of years at Camp so far  1 (…plus I’m all registered for Camp 2014!)

First Rainbow Group Leader  Becky Krill

Favorite Camp Activity  Ropes Course & Kayaking

Most surprising thing about Camp  The camaraderie was amazing.  Everyone was accepted and made to feel welcome.  Folks that were total strangers encouraged you to try new things and were more supportive than I could have imagined.  ‘Camp’ Camp lived up to it’s slogan: Best Time Ever!

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Having to explain why a lesbian was responsible for lawn games when they involved croquet balls and a shuttlecock for badminton!

Mac or PC?  PC

Most played song on your iPod  Pentatonix, “Daft Punk”

One album you couldn’t live without  Rascal Flatts, Unstoppable

Last movie you saw  Frozen

Last book you read  Total Strength Training for Women by Amazin Lethi

Must-see TV show  The Voice, Parenthood, and Cosmos (in that order)

Favorite reality show  The Biggest Loser

Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest

First same-sex kiss  Marty, first year of graduate school

Big celebrity crush  Rachel Maddow (sigh!)

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Mushrooms & garlic or feta & spinach

 

Brian Satenstein, a Camper at 'Camp' Camp, an all-inclusive vacation in Maine for GLBT adultsBrian Satenstein

Full given name  Brian Steven Satenstein

Nickname  Brain

Hometown  East Meadow, NY

Current hometown  Brooklyn, NY

Zodiac sign  Pisces

‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper

First year at Camp  2006

Number of years at Camp so far  9 (counting this summer)

First Rainbow Group Leader  Char Priolo

Favorite Camp Activity  Oh man, this is a tough one.  Picking just one, it would have to be the Ropes Course.  Even though she’s left me with rope burns, bumps, and bruises in unfortunate places, I keep coming back for more.  (I guess I’m a bit of a sucker for (light) punishment.)

Most surprising thing about Camp  For someone who is a bit more shy and reserved in life, I’m continuously surprised how Camp instantly brings me out of my shell each summer the moment I step on the grounds. I think that initial smell of pine has the same effect on me as catnip on cats.

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Five. Year. Blanket.

Mac or PC?  Mac

Most played song on your iPod  Oh man, I’m nervous to even look.  Oh nice, it’s “Love Today” by Mika.

One album you couldn’t live without  According to my most played albums, it’s The Head and the Heart (by The Head and the Heart).  According to my brain, it’s Eminem’s Encore.

Last movie you saw  Blue Jasmine

Last book you read  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Must-see TV show America’s Funniest Home Videos

Favorite reality show  America’s Funniest Home Videos

Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest

First same-sex kiss  Does a junior high game of spin the bottle count? If yes, then you know who you are, Charlie.

Big celebrity crush  Sometimes Jake Gyllenhaal, sometimes Andrew Garfield, sometimes Chris Evans.

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Mushrooooooms

 

From March 2014…

Elaine Beale, Rainbow Group Leader at 'Camp' Camp, America's premier summer camp for GLBT adultsElaine Beale

Full given name  Elaine Beale

Nickname  Nothing that’s really stuck, though I was known in high school as “beales on wheels” since I rode my bike to school.

Hometown  Hull, England

Current hometown  Oakland, CA

Zodiac sign  Cancer

‘Camp’ Camp role  Rainbow Group Leader

First year at Camp  2008

Number of years at Camp so far  4

First Rainbow Group Leader  David Kass

Favorite Camp Activity  Tea Dance, Dance Dance, swimming across the lake in the morning (if I manage to get up that early after all my late night carousing).

Most surprising thing about Camp  How much I LOVE it. That first year, I had no idea what I was getting into…

Most embarrassing Camp moment  I find myself completely un-embarrassable at Camp.

Mac or PC?  PC

Most played song on your iPod  I hate to admit this, but I only listen to podcasts and audio books on my iPod — most often Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

One album you couldn’t live without  Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks

Last movie you saw  American Hustle

Last book you read  Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Must-see TV show  Treme, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development

Favorite reality show  Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares (now that is embarrassing)

Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest

First same-sex kiss  Carol Wilson in the the bathroom stall in elementary school

Big celebrity crush  Jillian Michaels

Cats or dogs?  Definitely dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Mushroom

 

Steve "Goody" Beadling, a Camper at 'Camp' Camp, a summer camp vacation for GLBT adults in MaineSteve Beadling

Full given name  Steven Joseph Beadling

Nickname  Goody

Hometown  South Berwick, ME

Current hometown  Cranston, RI

Zodiac sign  Gemini

‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper

First year at Camp  2005

Number of years at Camp so far  9

First Rainbow Group Leader  David Kass

Favorite Camp Activity  Volleyball

Most surprising thing about Camp  How quickly you’re welcomed and accepted by the community.

Most embarrassing Camp moment  One year, I saw (in profile) a Camper who looked like a returning Camper I hadn’t seen in years. So, I lean in to say hello and give him a hug and a kiss on the cheek, but he backs away from me.  Yeah, not the same guy. And the look of fear on the face of this first-time Camper… I was very embarrassed.

Mac or PC?  PC

Most played song on your iPod  Arctic Monkeys, “She’s Thunderstorms”

One album you couldn’t live without  Stevie Nicks, Enchanted

Last movie you saw  Machete Kills

Last book you read  Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Must-see TV show Not a big TV fan, but American Horror Story: Coven was pretty badass.

Favorite reality show  None

Only/oldest/middle child?  Youngest

First same-sex kiss  Joe

Big celebrity crush  Daniel Craig

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Pepperoni, mushrooms & black olives

 

From October 2013…

Kristin "Chuck" Jones, a Camper at 'Camp' Camp, a week-long summer camp for GLBT adultsKristin Jones

Full given name  Kristin Danelle Jones

Nickname  Chuck

Hometown  Cypress, CA

Current hometown  Anchorage, AK

Zodiac sign  Sagittarius

‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper

First year at Camp  2013

Number of years at Camp so far  1

First Rainbow Group Leader  David Alfon

Favorite Camp Activity  Rainbow Groups, making some lifetime friends, anytime dancing was involved, and Stained Glass

Most surprising thing about Camp  The immediate sense of community and family.

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Running over my partner with a kayak while she was trying to do the morning swim. Oopsy!

Mac or PC?  Mac

Most played song on your iPod  O.A.R., “Hey Girl”

One album you couldn’t live without  Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More

Last movie you saw  Chocolat (as recommended by Camper John Hose during my recovery from foot surgery)

Last book you read  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Must-see TV show  Orange is the New Black

Favorite reality show  So You Think You Can Dance

Only/oldest/middle child?  Only

First same-sex kiss  Well, the first one that mattered was from my girl, Jen Jarvis.

Big celebrity crush  John Travolta in the ’70s (Though that shot on Facebook of Camper David Wynne from the ’70s gives him a run for his money!)

Cats or dogs?  Cats

Favorite pizza topping  Lots of veggies & BACON!!!

 

David Wynne, a Driver at 'Camp' Camp, a summer camp vacation for GLBT adults in southwestern MaineDavid Wynne

Full given name  David Michael Wynne

Nickname  Never had one

Hometown  Palm Springs, CA

Current hometown  Framingham, MA

Zodiac sign  Leo

‘Camp’ Camp role  Driver

First year at Camp  2013

Number of years at Camp so far  1

First Rainbow Group Leader  David Alfon

Favorite Camp Activity  A-duh! Stained Glass, by far

Most surprising thing about Camp  Feeling that Bryan & I live a damn near perfect life and didn’t think we needed this. Wonderful to have been proven wrong by 240 people.

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Will let you know when it happens. It’s kind of difficult to be embarrassed at Camp.

Mac or PC?  PC

Most played song on your iPod  Ghosts, “The World is Outside”

One album you couldn’t live without  All of my Glee songs. Over 375 of them. (I don’t buy CDs.)

Last movie you saw  This Is The End

Last book you read  Frankenstein: Dead Town by Dean Koontz

Must-see TV show  Glee and The Good Wife

Favorite reality show  Survivor

Only/oldest/middle child?  3rd of 4

First same-sex kiss  Glen: him, 15, me, 16, backyard sleepover. He was my boyfriend for the rest of high school. We’re still friends to this day.

Big celebrity crush  Chris Evans

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Pepperoni

 

From June 2013…

Jude Russell, Yoga Instructor at 'Camp' Camp, a summer camp experience for GLBT adultsJude Russell

Full given name  Judith Michaela Russell

Nickname  Jude

Hometown  York, PA/Framingham, MA

Current hometown  New Britain, CT

Zodiac sign  Pisces

‘Camp’ Camp role  Yoga Instructor

First year at Camp  2011

Number of years at Camp so far  3

First Rainbow Group Leader  Susan “Clink” Clinkenbeard

Favorite Camp Activity  Swimming, kayaking, star-gazing

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Getting caught snogging

Mac or PC?  I’ve been bi since the iPad came out.

Most played song on your iPod  “What Do You Love More Than Love?”, Dar Williams

One album you couldn’t live without  Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town

Last movie you saw  Short Term 12 (an indie film you’ve probably never heard of)

Last book you read  Actor. Writer. Whatever by Mellinia Kantayya

Must-see TV show  Orange is the New Black

Favorite reality show  I killed my cable, so I’m out of the loop!

Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest

First same-sex kiss  My first same-sex partner is a guy now, so not sure that it counts.

Big celebrity crush  Annette Bening

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Mushrooms

 

John Cesanek, a Camper at 'Camp' Camp, a summer camp vacation in southwestern Maine for GLBT adultsJohn Cesanek

Full given name  John Adam Joseph Cesanek, Jr.

Nickname  JC, Boo, Jazz, Weatherman

Hometown  North Catasauqua, PA

Current hometown  Dorchester, MA

Zodiac sign  Libra

‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper

First year at Camp  2008

Number of years at Camp so far  5

First Rainbow Group Leader  Jenn Long

Favorite Camp Activity  Reuniting with my second family (mean that!), Lake Side, Star Gazing (AL), Stained Glass, Volleyball, The Walk of Angels, Tea Dance, sleeping in, and, of course, hanging out with my Homies of RuPaul cabin and my friends of my “Freshman Class of ’08″!

Most embarrassing Camp moment  My, um, privates peaking out during my cabin’s funeral skit during Tea Dance. (Thanks for the shortest skirt ever, Nick!)

Mac or PC?  PC

Most played song on your iPod  Anything dance, house, or club

One album you couldn’t live without  The Best of the ’80s

Last movie you saw  Star Trek Into Darkness

Last book you read  What are books?! LOL

Must-see TV show  Modern Family

Favorite reality show  HATE reality shows

Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest

First same-sex kiss  Jason L. at Mardi Gras, 1985

Big celebrity crush  Ben Cohen

Cats or dogs?  Neither

Favorite pizza topping  Pepperoni

 

From March 2013…

Colleen Fischer, Camp Nurse at 'Camp' Camp, a GLBT outdoor vacation in southwestern MaineColleen Fischer

Full given name Colleen Suzanne Fischer

Nickname  Fish

Hometown  Springfield, IL

Current hometown  New York, NY

Zodiac sign  Gemini

‘Camp’ Camp role  Nurse

First year at Camp  2007

Number of years at Camp so far  5

First Rainbow Group Leader  Phil Clawson

Favorite Camp Activity  Barn Dance

Most surprising thing about Camp  The immediate sense of community.

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Thankfully, nothing comes immediately to mind, but I’m sure Pam P. could pick something.

Mac or PC?  Mac

Most played song on your iPod  “I Feel Pretty/Unpretty” mash-up from Glee

One album you couldn’t live without  Original Cast Recording, Wicked

Last movie you saw  Beasts of the Southern Wild

Last book you read  World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Must-see TV show  Parks and Recreation

Favorite reality show  Deadliest Catch

Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest

First same-sex kiss  Kayla C.

Big celebrity crush  Amy Poehler

Cats or dogs?  Both

Favorite pizza topping  Cheese

 

Bill Owens, a Camper at 'Camp' Camp, America's premier summer camp for GLBT adultsBill Owens

Full given name William Alfred Owens, Jr.

Nickname  Bill

Hometown  Bluefield, WV

Current hometown  Raleigh, NC

Zodiac sign  Aries

‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper

First year at Camp  2011

Number of years at Camp so far  3

First Rainbow Group Leader  Sue Edelman

Favorite Camp Activity  Early Risers Club, a small group of pre-dawn people who gather in the Lodge every morning between 5:30 and 6:30 to sit by the fire and reflect on life. A great way to start the day with kindred spirits!

Most surprising thing about Camp  Your name and Rainbow Group color are the only labels that exist at Camp. All of the things that define your role in the real world – gender, orientation, career, age, etc. – simply do not matter at Camp. Everyone is accepted as a unique person.

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Introducing the men in Bill Cole (my cabin) to the use of Albolene to remove make-up.

Mac or PC?  PC

Most played song on your iPod  Dorothy Loudon, “Fifty Percent” (from Ballroom)

One album you couldn’t live without  Stephen Schwartz, Reluctant Pilgrim

Last movie you saw  Looper

Last book you read  Discover Your Voice: How to Develop Healthy Vocal Habits by Oren L. Brown

Must-see TV show  Big Bang Theory

Favorite reality show  Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell

Only/oldest/middle child?  Only (which explains a lot)

First same-sex kiss  Jack T., who gave me mono with that first kiss!

Big celebrity crush  Colin Farrell

Cats or dogs?  Cats

Favorite pizza topping  Bacon

 

From October 2012…

Bobbie Fitzek, Massage Therapist at 'Camp' Camp, a unique GLBT vacation for adults in MaineBobbie Fitzek

Full given name Bobbie Jo Fitzek

Nickname  Bobbie

Hometown  Charleston, SC

Current hometown  Chepachet, RI

Zodiac sign  Aries

‘Camp’ Camp role  Massage Therapist

First year at Camp  2012

Number of years at Camp so far  2

First Rainbow Group Leader  Thom Higgins

Favorite Camp Activity  The Walk of Angels

Most surprising thing about Camp  How much I fell in love with the people there and how awesome everyone was!

Most embarrassing Camp moment  During Karaoke Lounge, I sang out when no one else on stage did.

Mac or PC?  PC

Most played song on your iPod  Kelly Clarkson, “Feel This Moment”

One album you couldn’t live without  Kelly Clarkson – all her CDs!!

Last movie you saw  Here Comes the BOOM!

Last book you read  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Must-see TV show  Revenge

Favorite reality show  Betty White’s Off Their Rockers!

Only/oldest/middle child?  Youngest

First same-sex kiss  Julie, when I was a teenager

Big celebrity crush  Kate Beckinsale & Piper Perabo

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Mushrooms, grilled chicken, green peppers, and tomatoes

 

Shawn Jordan, a Camper at 'Camp' Camp, a week-long summer camp for GLBT adults in gorgeous MaineShawn Jordan

Full given name Shawn Nelson Jordan

Nickname  The Worm Guy

Hometown  Charleston, SC

Current hometown  Brooklyn, NY

Zodiac sign  Virgo

‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper

First year at Camp  2012

Number of years at Camp so far  2

First Rainbow Group Leader  Juan Lopez-Rios

Favorite Camp Activity  High Ropes Course

Most surprising thing about Camp  TLC hasn’t yet created a reality TV show about us.

Most embarrassing Camp moment  Freaking out because I saw a HUGE spider.

Mac or PC?  Mac

Most played song on your iPod  Ingrid Michaelson, “Turn to Stone”

One album you couldn’t live without  Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

Last movie you saw  Safety Not Guaranteed 

Last book you read  Inside of  a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

Must-see TV show  Portlandia

Favorite reality show  Project Runway

Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest

First same-sex kiss  Adam G., junior year of high school…in a crawlspace attic. He threw up. It’s a great story.

Big celebrity crush  Alexander Skarsgard

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Favorite pizza topping  Pineapple