meet some campers

‘Camp’ Campers are a diverse crowd of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender folks from all over the world. While most hail from the United States, Campers from such places as Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, and Germany have joined us over the past 19 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 March 2016…

Jen VanLandingham

  • Full given name  Jennifer Louise VanLandingham
  • Nickname  Jen, JVL
  • Hometown  Covington, KY
  • Current hometown  Cincinnati, OH
  • Zodiac sign  Aquarius on the Pieces Cusp
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Maintenance & Logistics Team
  • First year at Camp  2013
  • Number of years at Camp so far  4 (including 2016)
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Alysia Lee
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Oh my gosh! How do I pick just one? Barn Dance… Tea Dance… all things DANCE!
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  The sense of community/family: how I can go one year not seeing my Camp family, and, when we all come back together again, nothing is lost.
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  I’m not easily embarrassed. Go ahead, try me.
  • Mac or PC?  Mac
  • Most played song on your iPod  One Republic, “I Lived”
  • One album you couldn’t live without  U2, The Joshua Tree
  • Last movie you saw  Joy
  • Last book you read  Wool by Hugh Howey
  • Must-see TV show  The Walking Dead
  • Favorite reality show  The Amazing Race
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Youngest
  • First same-sex kiss  Camille C., when I was in college
  • Big celebrity crush  Natalie Portman
  • Cats or dogs?  Ferrets
  • Favorite pizza topping  Veggies! Lots and lots of veggies!

Mark Cameron

  • Full given name  Mark Cameron
  • Nickname  Princess
  • Hometown  Newark, DE
  • Current hometown  Atlanta, GA
  • Zodiac sign  Pisces
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Beauty Parlor Manager
  • First year at Camp  2001
  • Number of years at Camp so far  16 (including 2016)
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Ed Darrow
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Helping Campers put together outfits for Tea Dance; Tea Dance, Talent/No Talent Show, Barn Dance, all of the Evening Social Events
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  If I need to, I can call up 250+ Campers at almost anytime, and have them kick someone’s ass for me.
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  My “singing” during Karaoke Lounge ,but I do it anyway!
  • Mac or PC?  PC
  • Most played song on your iPod  I don’t have an iPod
  • One album you couldn’t live without  Ummm… All of them. It is too much of a Sophie’s Choice to live with one but not all!
  • Last movie you saw  Deadpool; The Big Short; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I had a lot of time to kill that day.)
  • Last book you read  Fool by Christopher Moore
  • Must-see TV show  RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Favorite reality show  Dancing With The Stars
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Youngest
  • First same-sex kiss  Christopher J. when I was 15
  • Big celebrity crush  Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Thomas Jane, Ryan Kwanten, Jon Manganiello, Sam Rockwell (Christopher Reeve was the first, though.)
  • Cats or dogs?  Cats
  • Favorite pizza topping  Mushroom, garlic & cheese
From October 2015…

Hayley Mason

  • Full given name  Hayley Amelia Mason
  • Nickname  Hayley
  • Hometown  Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Current hometown  Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Zodiac sign  Cancer
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Camper
  • First year at Camp  2015
  • Number of years at Camp so far  2 (including 2016)
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Geoff Lee
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Morning swim across the lake
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  My awesome cabin mates
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  Probably playing Flag Football (Sorry, Jenn…)
  • Mac or PC?  PC (I guess – but only if it’s running Linux)
  • Most played song on your iPod  The Decemberists, “The Singer Addresses His Audience” or “Make You Better”
  • One album you couldn’t live without  10,000 Maniacs, Blind Man’s Zoo (or really anything by Natalie Merchant)
  • Last movie you saw  Tru Love
  • Last book you read  The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman
  • Must-see TV show  Orphan Black or Dr. Who
  • Favorite reality show  Deadliest Catch or Airshow
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Oldest
  • First same-sex kiss  My wife
  • Big celebrity crush  Maury Tierney
  • Cats or dogs?  Dogs
  • Favorite pizza topping  Greek

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  • Full given name  Rodney Kehl
  • Nickname  Roddie
  • Hometown  Bellville, OH
  • Current hometown  Pensacola, FL
  • Zodiac sign  Capricorn
  • ‘Camp’ Camp role  Beauty Parlor Assistant
  • First year at Camp  2015
  • Number of years at Camp so far  2 (including 2016)
  • First Rainbow Group Leader  Trina Cook
  • Favorite Camp Activity  Tea Dance, Talent/No Talent Show, helping others prepare for their big night
  • Most surprising thing about Camp  Friendliness of returning Campers towards newbies
  • Most embarrassing Camp moment  Been lucky so far… beginners luck?
  • Mac or PC?  PC
  • Most played song on your iPod  Any show tune
  • One album you couldn’t live without  Indian flute
  • Last movie you saw  Cinderella
  • Last book you read  Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christian Debate by Justin Lee
  • Must-see TV show  Don’t watch TV
  • Favorite reality show  Dancing With the Stars
  • Only/oldest/middle child?  Baby
  • First same-sex kiss  Some guy in a bar in Louisville, KY
  • Big celebrity crush  None
  • Cats or dogs?  Dogs
  • Favorite pizza topping  Spinach
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  15 (including 2016)
  • 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  3.5
  • 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…

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  • 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  3 (including 2016)
  • 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  2
  • 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