You can go to a gay campground anytime and have a blast. There are always great people around to meet, places to wander and explore, and everything else that you would expect from a campground or LGBT resort.
Most gay campgrounds have theme weekends, and lots of parties to go along with them. Here’s what’s happening this week:
Convenient from NYC and Philly
The Woods is one of the absolute premiere campgrounds in the US, and you can count on it to be absolutely packed this Memorial Day Weekend. R
Remember, The Woods is BYOB and they do have a diner-style restaurant onsite. The entire property is clothing optional. All identities and genders are welcome, and no children are allowed.
start the weekend off with a Holiday Kickoff Video Dance Party. With so many guests arriving on Friday, this will be a great place to meet other campers and burn some energy from a long week of work.
relax with a private massage (book on the app) or join a group Yin Yoga class with Dan. Even if you have never done yoga before, Yin Yoga is slow and stretchy – and Benji’s favorite type of yoga.
Join as a team or request to be assigned to a team for competitive volleyball on their fantastic new courts, or join recreational volleyball later in the day just for fun.
There is free and confidential HIV/STI testing as well as a private 12-step recovery meeting for all fellowships.
In the afternoon, put on your best sneakers or boots (only!) and join the Naturist Hike through the many acres of trails at The Woods, join the Big Gay Pool Party with other campers of all types, shapes, genders, and sizes, get silly with Drag Bingo, or take a moment in remembrance at the afternoon Memorial Service.
On Saturday night, put on your no-limited “Mad Max meets the Victorian Era and swirl in a bit of Industrial Revolution magic” themed costume (or don’t! costume totally required for the Steampunk Dance Party at the club.
If dancing isn’t your thing, there’s also a wild Lip Synch Battle where you can sign up with the DJ and compete for bragging rights and maybe even a trophy.
Recover from the night before with the daily options of a Private Massage, Yoga with Dan, Volleyball Competitive and Recreational Play, and the Big Gay Pool Party.
The afternoon kicks off with one of Benji and Brendon’s favorite parties, and the first party at a gay campground we ever went to together, the Orange Cocktail Dress Party.
Head to sites 51-55 and make sure you are wearing orange – ideally an orange dress! Get creative! Be prepared to throw in a few dollars for the community, which will go to fund all the parties through the season.
At the Orange Cocktail Dress Party, kick back and relax and enjoy one of two shows. Recording artist Josh Zuckerman will perform live, followed by the annual runway show where you can cheer on your favorite orange outfits – and join yourself if you feel up to it!
Finally, Sunday night, the party of the weekend kicks off – the 2022 Harness Party. According to The Woods: “Leather – Elastic – Chains – Glowing – Boys – Girls… No matter what the temp – tonight will be HOT!” So pack your harness and prepare for a wild night.M
Wind down your long weekend with one last romp in the world-class pool for the Big Gay Pool Party, and if you haven’t already, take the time to get your free and confidential HIV/STI test on-site with Novus Medical Services
(near St Louis, and convenient for everyone in Chicago)
Head to SIRenity Farms for some of the nicest guys you will ever meet celebrating the big three-day weekend.
SIRenity Farms is also BYOB, and you should plan to bring all your food or head out to the nearby town when it’s time to eat. SIRenity Farms welcomes men and anyone who identifies as male. Most of the Farm is clothing optional, except in the RV areas by the entrance.
While SIRenity doesn’t break out their party weekends the same way The Woods and other gay campgrounds do, you can know for sure that there will be all sorts of wild and welcoming events, parties, and great people to meet.
When we were there in 2021, they had this giant Foam Twister game out to play!
Make sure to stop and chat with the owners, Dennis and Michael, while you enjoy the pool, hot tub, lake, and 32 lush acres.
Convenient to Louisville, Indianapolis, and Cincinnatti
One of our favorite, more intimate campgrounds is Stag Run in Indiana. Stag Run is also BYOB, and has a full kitchen in the Clubhouse that any guests can use. They do serve community meals on occasion, so be sure to ask. This men-only campground has a gorgeous outdoor shower, pristine swimming pool, and a community Clubhouse that is unparalleled in the gay camping world.
They have a smaller footprint than most campgrounds, but what is within the grounds is absolutely gorgeous and meticulously maintained by the owners.
Kick off the holiday weekend at Stag Run with their infamous S’mores and Whores social gathering around the campfire, where everyone gathers for a rowdy but relaxed night.
Saturday & Sunday
Get some of the Best Libations Bloody Marys in the morning. At night, get down with a DJ set from AJ McKay – with a special performance from Montana Melons. Of course, followed by a bonfire.