A Welcoming Retreat for Families with
Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth


Join Us for an Unforgettable Weekend!

Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22, 2024

Deans: M.G. Hennessey & Melinda Blechner

Registration opens June 8th!

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.

Register now and be part of a transformative experience at Camp Transcend. Let’s create memories, support each other, and celebrate the unique talents within our community.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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’s scholarship fund.

Camper Type Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Camper age 20+ $225 $275 $325
Youth age 12-19 $225 $275 $325
Youth age 3-11 $150 $200 $250
Camper age infant to 2 Free


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.


Camp de Benneville Pines welcomes you to a peaceful night’s rest in one of seven sleeping cabins. The cabins are scattered throughout our beautiful property, surrounded by forest, and walking distance from all camp activities and other buildings. Each cabin is distinctively decorated with a mountain theme. All offer rustic comfort.

Cabins host between three and nine sleeping rooms and two to three communal bathrooms. Standard accommodation includes twin bunk beds, and there are optional cabin upgrades for cabins with kitchens and living room areas, as well as rooms with double beds, or a combination of the two. Cabin upgrades are limited so register early.

Experience the joy of togetherness in our cozy cabin retreats, where each family is provided a private room to create their own haven of relaxation.

Explore our accommodations by selecting About > Facilities > Lodging on the navigation bar above.


Standard Accommodation: included in Camper pricing

Cabin 6*: $30 additional fee per adult, twin beds only

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

*Cabin upgrades are limited and are subject to availability. A refund will be processed after cabin assignments have been completed for any upgrade fees paid that cannot be accommodated.


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

To make camp affordable, you can even make payments!

A Note about Payments:

After registering, there will be three options to pay: Pay in full via PayPal, Pay a portion via PayPal, or Check promised. PayPal is our payment processor. Although you don’t need an account, our transactions do run through their platform.

To pay via PayPal without having an account, log out of any PayPal accounts and select the option “Pay with Debit/Credit Card,” which will be under the login button.

To submit payment by check, please make your check payable to: Camp de Benneville Pines and note the specific camp in the memo line. The mailing address for the check is:

Camp de Benneville Pines
Attn: Janet James
41750 Jenks Lake Road West
Angelus Oaks, CA 92350

It is easy to miss the payment step when registering. Contact the registrar and request an invoice.

COVID UPDATE:  Camp no longer requires proof of vaccination at check-in, however, you will be required to show a negative Rapid Test result upon arrival before mingling with other campers. More details to follow closer to the event. Click here to read the updated policy in full.

Contact Information:

Programming: M.G. Hennessey, mg@hennessey.com or Melinda Blechner, melindablechner@gmail.com

Facilities or General Camp: Contact Janet James, Executive Director, director@uucamp.org, 909-435-6298

Registration: Contact Jessica Fairchild, Camp Registrar, registrar@uucamp.org, 909-747-9792

Camp de Benneville Pines may sometimes need to make the difficult decision to cancel camp due to a variety of factors including but not limited to the following: severe weather conditions, Covid and other contagious outbreaks, camp volunteer and site staff shortages, and/or low camper registration. Should the camp have to cancel, refunds will be issued.