meet some campers

‘Camp’ Campers are a diverse crowd of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender folks from all over the world. Yes, the vast majority hail from the United States, but we’ve enjoyed the company of Campers from such places as Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Mexico, and Germany over the past 18 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!

Here we offer some random personal facts, Camp trivia, and pop-culture tidbits from some of our Campers. It’s a great introduction to some of the fun people you’ll meet when you join us at ‘Camp’ Camp in August. (New profiles are added periodically, so check back again!)

From April 2015…

Sue Edelman

  • Full given name  Susan Leslie Edelman
  • Nickname  Sue
  • Hometown  Princeton, NJ
  • Current hometown  Medford, MA
  • Zodiac sign  Taurus
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Digital Advertising Coordinator, former Rainbow Group Leader
  • First year at Camp  2002
  • Number of years at Camp so far  13
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Noel Bonham
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Hanging out with friends, meals, Talent/No Talent Show
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  How much fun I have with the guys!
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  It’s pretty hard to embarrass me at Camp because most of the time I am being totally goofy anyway!
  • Mac or PC?  PC
  • Most played song on your iPod  Most likely something with harmonica!
  • One album you couldn’t live without  Carole King, Tapestry
  • Last movie you saw  Whiplash
  • Last book you read  The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Must-see TV show  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Favorite reality show  None!
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Youngest
  • First same-sex kiss  I am not at liberty to say.
  • Big celebrity crush  My wife won’t let me have one…
  • Cats or dogs?  Both!
  • Favorite pizza topping  Hamburger

YARDAYarda Rameš

  • Full given name  Jaroslav Rameš
  • Nickname  Yarda
  • Hometown  Netolice, Czech Republic
  • Current hometown  New Orleans, LA
  • Zodiac sign  Cancer
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper
  • First year at Camp  2011
  • Number of years at Camp so far  2.5
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Ruth Slotnick
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Volleyball before dinner, Barn Dance, the shenanigans and camaraderie at RuPaul
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  How easy is to talk to complete strangers, and how happy you are to see your friends a year later.
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  Why embarrass myself when others can do it so much better?
  • Mac or PC?  Mac
  • Most played song on your iPod  I don’t know; I don’t tend to replay songs that much.
  • One album you couldn’t live without  Bjork, Debut
  • Last movie you saw  Fifty Shades of Grey (It was the only movie available at the time we made it to the theatre.)
  • Last book you read  Revival by Stephen King
  • Must-see TV show  Once Upon A Time
  • Favorite reality show  RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Middle
  • First same-sex kiss  David, before I started college
  • Big celebrity crush  Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Cats or dogs?  Both
  • Favorite pizza topping  Chicken and artichoke
From October 2014…

Jamie G - croppedJaime Gullotti

  • Full given name  Jaime Lynn Gullotti
  • Nickname  Jaime, Jame
  • Hometown  Rochester, NH
  • Current hometown  Dover, NH
  • Zodiac sign  Pisces
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper
  • First year at Camp  2014
  • Number of years at Camp so far  1
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Cheryl Schaffer
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Tea Dance, Stained Glass, and lots of random silliness in the Main Lodge
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  How much it felt like a big family in just one week and how loving and accepting everyone is.
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  Has yet to happen… fingers crossed for next year!
  • Mac or PC?  Mac
  • Most played song on your iPod  Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
  • One album you couldn’t live without  Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints
  • Last movie you saw  Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Last book you read  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Must-see TV show  The Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones
  • Favorite reality show  Survivor and The Voice
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest
  • First same-sex kiss  Lillian, my high school best friend
  • Big celebrity crush  Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lawrence
  • Cats or dogs?  Dogs
  • Favorite pizza topping  Meatball & black olives

Steven KSteven Kellert

  • Full given name  Steven Kellert
  • Nickname  Skittles, Dancing Queen, Monkey Boy, Gumby
  • Hometown  Gaithersburg, MD
  • Current hometown  Chicago, IL
  • Zodiac sign  Aqueerius
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Dance & Aerobics Instructor
  • First year at Camp  2014
  • Number of years at Camp so far  1
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Alysia Lee
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Adventure Course!
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  How accessible most people were.
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  I screamed so loudly on the zipline that the entire camp heard me.
  • Mac or PC?  Atari
  • Most played song on your iPod  Sarah McLachlan, “Ice Cream”
  • One album you couldn’t live without  Erasure, Pop!: Erasure’s Greatest Hits
  • Last movie you saw  Short film series at Chicago’s gay film fest
  • Last book you read  Total Ankle Arthroplasty (for work); The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (for fun – no, really)
  • Must-see TV show  Since Battlestar Galactica went off the air, I’ll have to go with Bones.
  • Favorite reality show  I’d rather have reconstructive surgery.
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Favorite (#3 of 4)
  • First same-sex kiss  I tried to kiss myself on the lips in 9th grade.
  • Big celebrity crush  Tamoh Penikett
  • Cats or dogs?  Both!
  • Favorite pizza topping  Lactaid
Mary Ellen Mahan, Lawn Games Instructor at 'Camp' Camp, a summer camp vacation for LGBT adults in MaineFrom May 2014…

Mary 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