|Mel Mystery. Mel is an eclectic Hellenistic Druid with a little bit of Norse thrown in. Mel hosts his own podcast "Discovering the Male Mysteries" for gay and bi Pagan men. Mel recently published a book on LGBT werewolves in mythology and folklore titled "The Gay Guy's Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts." Mel also dabbles in photography.|
|More staff coming soon!!!|
Arcadia Camp Out will be changing our location for the 2021 Camp Out (Why the change?)
Our new location this year will be First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.
First Landing State Park is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 2,888 acre park is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and features a number of different terrains and environments including a beach, wooded areas, and marshes. The park features a visitor center, a tent camping area, cabins, picnic shelters, hiking and biking trails, swimming at the beach, and other amenities.
Campsites and RV sites are on the beach side of the park. Each campsite includes a fire pit / grill and a picnic table. Two tents and two cars are allowed per campsite. Some campsites have water and electrical hookups. There are several public restrooms with showers with hot and cold running water throughout the park.
Cabins are an option for those who do not wish to tent camp. If you'd rather reserve your own private campsite away from our main camp, reserve your own cabin, or bring an RV, you are welcome to reserve any of these directly from First Landing State Park or by calling (800) 933-PARK. If you reserve your own cabin, RV site, campsite, stay at a local hotel, or decide not to camp because you live nearby, you are only responsible for paying Day Trip rates to the Arcadia Retreat.
All cabins have AC and heat, a fireplace, a deck, a screened porch, and an outside grill. The kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, a microwave, dishes, and so forth. The bathroom features a shower with hot and cold running water. Each cabin has two bedrooms with one full bed, and two bunk beds. There's room for at least six people to stay overnight and if we have more, we can always rent cots or make room for sleeping bags.
Day trippers are welcome. Out of town folks who don't want to stay with us are welcome to reserve their own cabin, campsite, or RV site in the park or stay in a nearby hotel.
Average temperatures for Virginia Beach in early October typically are in the mid-70s. Temperatures this time of year rarely go below the mid-50s at night or above the mid-80s during the day.
The address is 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23541. (Additional directions)
Arcadia 2021: Connecting and Reconnecting
Arcadia: An East Coast Camp OUT for Queer Pagan Men
"Those who dwell in Arcadia seek out that secret Eden because of its isolation from the troubled world and its safety from the arrogant demands of those who would deny freedom, curtail human action, and destroy innocence and love." - Byrne R.S. Fone
October 8-10, 2021
Theme: Connecting and Reconnecting
- Reconnecting after Covid.
- Making personal connections in the real world and online.
- Connecting with your "tribe."
- Connecting with deities, spirits, and ancestors.
Patron Deity: This year we will honor the Greek god Hermes. Hermes was originally a phallic god. He is a god of boundaries, travel, communication, and thieves. Hermes is a trickster god and a psychopomp able to travel between this world and the Otherworld. Hermes is part of the homoerotic trinity of Eros, Hermes, and Heracles who together presided over homosexual relations. Hermes was honored in ancient Arcadia and Mount Cyllene in Arcadia is said to be one of his oldest temples and his birthplace.
What: A Queer-positive Pagan men's gathering open to men of all orientations, spiritual paths, and backgrounds.
When: October 8-10, 2021
Where: First Landing State Park (Virginia Beach, VA). Why the change?
Why: Because there's a need for such a gathering on the East Coast. The nearest Queer Pagan men's camping gathering is in Ohio.
Who: Anyone over 18 who identifies as Pagan or Earth-based spirituality who is also gay, bi, queer, or trans. We will not turn away any respectful seeker regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or spiritual path.
Regular registration for camping has ended. We will accept registrations for day trippers until October 1.
We will not accept day tripper registrations at the gate.
See Arcadia Registration page to register.
Please consider joining our Facebook group to keep up-to-date.
Please help us spread the word by downloading our flyer
and sharing it to your local Gay and Pagan groups and venues.
Please feel free to print and share!!!
Questions or concerns should be sent to Mel's e-mail.
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