A camp for families with transgender and gender expansive kids and youth

Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2023

Deans: Melinda Blechner & M.G. Hennessey

Registration is now open!

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Camp Transcend is a fun-filled weekend of community building for the families of transgender and gender expansive kids, tweens, and teens. Our annual retreat provides a unique opportunity for parents and children to share their stories with peers while developing a support network. Moderated discussion groups take place in between traditional camp activities such as archery, hiking, and s’mores by the campfire. We also offer a sibling discussion group to help strengthen their understanding of changing family dynamics. On Saturday night, we celebrate the wide range of talent among our campers, from stand-up comedy to singing to acrobatics, and conclude with an all-ages dance party.

We ask that parents lead or assist with at least one activity or workshop. Please either indicate your preference on the registration form, or on the volunteer sign-up sheet sent after registration.

Join us as we forge new connections and deepen old ones in a gorgeous mountain setting. Each family will be assigned their own room in a cabin with bunk beds. Some double beds are available.


Proof of vaccination will be required at check-in for this camp. Campers must Rapid test for Covid-19 within 24 hours of arrival to camp and prove a negative test result upon check-in. Click here to read more about Camp’s current COVID policies.

This event sells out super-fast, so register early! More workshop information will be available later this summer.

Pricing Information

Camp de Benneville Pines has moved to a self-selecting sliding fee scale. Level 1 is our minimum cost, Level 2 is what it takes for us to meet our needs and Level 3 helps to offset costs and supports Camp Transcend’s general fund.

Camper Type Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Adult $225 $275 $325
Camper age 16-19 $225 $275 $325
Camper age 3-15 $150 $200 $250
Camper age infant to 2 $0 $0 $0

Pricing includes lodging, all meals, activities, and supplies. A $75 per person non-refundable deposit is required to confirm registration. Full balance due one week before the start of camp. No refunds will be allowed after check-in begins on the first day of camp. Electronic invoices will be sent out periodically, allowing partial or full payment, until payment in full is received.


Standard Accommodation: included in Camper pricing

Cabin 6 upgrade: $30 additional fee per adult, twin beds only — CABIN 6 is SOLD OUT!!!

Double Bed Room upgrade: $25/person, 2 people required

To make camp affordable, you can even make payments!

Questions regarding program: Contact either Co-Dean, Melinda or M.G.

Melinda Blechner, melindablechner@gmail.com

M.G. Hennessey, mg@mghennessey.com

Questions regarding facilities or the general camp: Contact Janet James, executive director, director@uucamp.org, 909-435-6298

Questions regarding registration, payment arrangements or cabin assignments: Contact Jessica Fairchild, registrar@uucamp.org, 909-747-9792

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