Base groups, what is it?Throughout the years, a form for the camp week has emerged, that is based on the confidence and security of being part of a base group. Between breakfast and lunch the base group meets. The beauty of GayCamp is the connection and trust that is being built up during a whole week. When you sign up for GayCamp, you sign up for participating the whole week. In the afternoons and evenings there are various activities to participate in, which vary from year to year, such as salsa dance, yoga, badminton, board games, seminars and of course sunbathing and sauna.
A base group consists of 6-8 people. Each group includes a participant from the camp organisation. In the base group you introduce yourself and share various aspects of experience with your sexual identity, for instance entering the gay scene, coming out and living as open as gay/bisexual/transgender or just as a sexual man.
Other topics that can be shared in the base group are the experience of coming from a country where one’s sexuality is forbidden, as bisexual coming out to one’s female partner, coming out to one’s children, alcohol and drugs, loneliness, fidelity/infidelity, safer sex, living as HIV-positive and to unfold one’s sexuality and ability to love and be loved in return. The confidence level of the conversations in these basic groups becomes surprisingly fast and deeply personal. It is not unusual for participants to share things they have never dared to tell anyone before.