This is our second year of using sliding-scale registration. Please read on:
Queer Contra Dance Camp is very dear to many of us. As a sleep away, full food service camp, it is on the medium to higher end of dance camp prices, as you may already know. This year, we’re going to be more transparent about our costs and adjust the payment system slightly. Hopefully our new system will make camp accessible for everyone and financially sustainable.
How does it work?
After reading the explanations below, you choose how much you can afford to pay to attend camp, starting with a minimum of $110.00
What Queer Contra Dance Camp Costs
The lovely campgrounds that host us each year charge us ~$180 per person for two nights of lodging and five hot meals. We spend about $8,500 booking premier talent so camp can have such fabulous bands, callers, and sound technicians. Included in that, there are costs such as snacks, insurance, and general supplies. All in all, it costs us about $300 per person to make camp run.
If you can’t afford to pay $300, that’s fine. We want the weekend to be available to as many people as possible, including you. Pay what you can afford at or above $110. If you can afford to pay $300 for a full ticket, please do. If you can afford to pay more than $300, your registration will help cover the cost of folks who cannot afford the full amount, thereby ensuring a fun weekend for everyone and a financially possible future for Queer Contra Dance Camp. If everyone paid under $300, we would lose $7,000-12,000, which would make it much harder to have camp again. Please consider where you fairly fall on the scale and be as generous as you can.
This year, we’re going to set the PayPal checkout as a fill in the blank space instead of the multiple choice of previous years. We’ve provided some sample payment brackets below, but we’ll leave it up to you to pick the exact dollar amount you feel comfortable paying.
If:You are young, possibly a student, with little spending money but plenty of financial assistance from your parents. Try to work with your parents to pay the full $300
You are a recent grad who is unemployed or underemployed and student loans are crushing your spirit. You sound like a great candidate for paying around $110-$150
You have a steady job but finances are tough and you don’t really have non-liquid assetsMaybe pay $170-$230, to help sustain camp without overstressing
You work a white collar job at a tech company or are otherwise comfortably employedPlease pay at least $300, regardless of your age
Life is good and you treasure the magic of QCDCThat’s wonderful to hear! Consider becoming an angel and sponsoring other dancers by paying $400-$500. $500 covers your cost and completely offsets the cost of one low-income ticket!