Rad Fat Adventure Camp 2019 Schedule

Camp Map


7:00am-11:00pm Daily - Self-care room & Craft pick up in health center conference room

The self-care room is a quiet place to unwind and decompress from our busy schedule. Essential oils, coloring sheets, white-noise machines, and other resources will be available to help you take care of you.

Lactation Room in Health Center

Friday, September 27, 2019

12:00-5:30pm Registration in Lakeside Dining Hall

3:00-4:00 Sessions

5:00-6:00pm dinner in Lakeside Dining Hall

6:30-7:30pm Meet & Greet while watching the sun set at the Lake (meet at the beach)

7:30-8:30pm Welcome & orientation in Lower Level Lakeside Dining Hall

9:00-11:00pm Pool party in indoor pool

Saturday, September 28, 2019

7:00-7:45am sessions

8:00-9:00am Breakfast in Lakeside Dining Hall

8:00-9:00am Registration for Day Campers in Lakeside Dining Hall (at the patch table)

9:00-10:30am Inclusion & Intersectionality in Fat Community with Natalia Vargas-Marquez in Lower Level Lakeside Dining Hall

10:45-11:45am Sessions

12:00-1:00pm Lunch in Lakeside Dining Hall

1:15-2:15pm sessions

2:30-4:00pm free time

  • Open crafting in Lower Level Lakeside Dining Hall

  • Lakefront is available for use (paddling, swimming, sitting on the beach)

  • Camp store open in Recreation Center (by gym/pool) for snacks and beverages

4:00-5:30pm sessions

5:30-6:30Pm dinner in Lakeside Dining Hall

7:30-8:30pm rad fat Talent show in Lower level Lakeside Dining Hall

9:00-11:00pm S’mores by the fire at the fire pit near lakeside cabin 2

Sunday, September 29, 2019

7:30-8:15am sessions

8:30-9:30am breakfast in Lakeside Dining Hall

9:30-10:00am Time to pack

10:15-11:15am sessions

11:30am-12:30pm sessions

12:30-1:30pm Lunch in lakeside dining hall

2:00-3:00pm Final Camp Debrief & Goodbyes in lower level lakeside dining hall

Session Descriptions

Paddling on the Lake

Location: Meet by the beach

Times: Friday 3-4pm & Sunday 7:30-8:15am

Patch: Fat in Nature

Description: Join us for beginner-level instruction on paddling in kayaks or the voyageur canoe, a multi-person canoe. We’ll chat about the basics and then get out on the water!

Open Crafting

Location: Lower level Lakeside Dining Hall

times: Friday 3-4pm, Saturday 7:00-7:45am, 2:30-4:00PM, & SUNDAY 7:30-8:15AM

Patch: Creative Fat

Description: Grab one of our craft kits or bring your own favorite craft for yourself or to share. Open craft times will be self-guided and a time to connect and chat with other crafters!

Meet & Greet while watching the sun set at the Lake

Location: Meet by the beach

time: Friday 6:30-7:30pm

Patch: Fat in Nature

Description: Meet your fellow campers while watching the sun set over the lake. A chill beginning to a fun weekend!

Pool Party

Location: Indoor Pool

time: Friday 9-11pm

Description: Would it really be a gathering of fat folks without a pool party a la Shrill?! This now iconic scene representing our fat community inspired this event. Enjoy swimming and lounging surrounded by fat folks!

Fat Body Love Yoga with Ani Janzen

Location: by the lake, meet by the beach (bad weather location: Nature Den)

time: Saturday 7:00-7:45am

Patch: Fat in Nature

Description: Through the practice of yoga, Ani will lead a session that gets participants in touch with the strength, softness, and resilience of our fat bodies. Yoga is a practice created to liberate people from oppressive systems through embodiment, which our fat biased world destroys. Reclaim your fatness & space through this radical practice.

Fat Embroidery

Location: Lower Level Lakeside Dining Hall

time: Saturday 10:45-11:45am

Patch: Creative Fat

Description: Learn basic embroidery stitches while creating your own fat positive work of art - from the rad fat adventure camp logo to 'Fat AF,' 'Rad Fatty' or the Venus of Willendorf. Hannah will provide instructions and offer help along the way as you learn these Beginner and advanced beginner patterns.


Location: Meet outside of Lakeside Cabin 2

time: Saturday 10:45-11:45am

Patch: Fat in Nature

Description: Fat Girls Hiking founder, Summer, will be leading a hike where we focus on the needs of our bodies, go at a pace that feels good (no fatties left behind! We go at the pace of the slowest hiker!), absorb the healing energy of the outdoors, give ourselves permission to stop, rest, hydrate and eat when needed and connect with ourselves, each other and nature.

*All genders welcome! The name Fat Girls Hiking reflects the founder, Summer’s, experience as a fat woman in nature.

FAT Chats

Location: Rotary Rotunda

Patch: Chatty Fatty

times: Saturday 10:45-11:45am (people of color only), 1:15-2:15PM (queer-identified people only), 4-5:30pm (superfat-identified people only), and Sunday 10:15-11:15am (dating)

Description: Fat chats are informal conversations with a guide to facilitate conversation. Each center around a common topic in the fat community for folks to find support, solidarity, and share experiences and resources.


Location: lower level lakeside dining hall

time: Saturday 1:15-2:15pm

Patch: Chatty Fatty

Description: Shows like the Netflix series, Insatiable, caused a stir across the internet. The initial backlash from the trailer was epic. On its surface the fat shaming message was loud and traumatizing for any woman who lived their lives being called (or believing that they were) fat.

Disordered eating is inherited. And it impacts communities in a variety of different ways. Body size, image, and the ways we talk about these issues and the way we consume or regard food are also part of the narrative. Often, disordered eating is not about the act of binging and purging that we associate with bulimia or the starvation methods of anorexia. But a complex (and sometimes) accepted way in which we have a relationship with food.

We call obesity a public health crisis but how do we address disordered eating without fat shaming or disrespecting food traditions within diverse communities? How do we show up as caring professionals and still work with diverse communities on the joy of “ordered” eating?


Location: Meet by the beach (bad weather location: lakeside cabin 2 community room)

time: Saturday 1:15-2:15pm

Patch: Fat in Nature OR Creative Fat

Description: Memories live in our bodies. Inspired about the natural environment and time for reflection, this writing workshop will focus on generative activities aimed to identify ripe stories, evoke sensory information, and make meaning of life experiences across time. In this workshop there will be a chance to connect and share stories with other campers. No previous creative writing experience necessary.


Location: indoor pool

time: Saturday 4:00-5:30pm

Patch: Creative Fat

Description: In this workshop, the Sirens will teach some of the basics of synchronized swimming and then choreograph a "SPLASHMob." No swimming experience necessary - just get ready to dance in the water!


Location: Lower level lakeside dining hall

time: Saturday 4:00-5:30pm

Patch: Chatty Fatty

Description: Join us for a podcast recording where we'll chat summer camp, the great outdoors, and interview some of you about your camp experiences with a focus on body size, body positivity, and fat liberation. The episode recorded at Rad Fat Adventure Camp will come out later in the season.

Rad Fat Talent Show

Location: Lower level lakeside dining hall

time: Saturday 7:30-8:30pm

Description: Come cheer on your fellow fatties as they show off how talented they are! Talent show sign-ups are now open!


Location: Gym

time: Sunday 10:15-11:15am

Patch: Chatty Fatty

Description: The increasing visibility of fat, non-men strength athletes whose unapologetic embrace of their body size and physical prowess in sports such as weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman offers a strong rebuke of cultural scripts that restrict athletic belonging to people who are thin, white, cishet, and nondisabled. The proliferation of “judgment free” commercial gyms and promises that “anyone can do it” further suggest an inclusive model of fitness beyond stigma and weight loss. Despite these positive changes, racism, fatphobia, queerphobia, transphobia, and ableism collude to ensure that mainstream fitness remains a contested and largely inaccessible space for people with marginalized bodies.

Amanda Gilliam, super heavyweight masters weightlifter and founder of Big Girl Barbell , invites participants to experience a radical vision of fitness that unlocks and honors their athleticism. Through an empowering series of group strength-building movements, campers will connect with their bodies, harness their physical strength, and channel the power of fat community into collective action that challenges the oppression of contemporary fitness culture. Come lift with us!

Fat Activism & Health at Every Size: Integrating Two Movements

Location: Lower level lakeside dining hall

time: Sunday 10:15-11:15am

Patch: Chatty Fatty

Description: Fat Activism & Health at Every Size movements have the same roots, yet have diverged recently. Learn about the underlying research of Health at Every Size and why the principles are integral for furthering fat activism.

Fat Resiliency & Self-Care

Location: Lower level lakeside dining hall

time: Sunday 11:30am-12:30pm

Patch: Chatty Fatty

Description: What is resilience? What is self-care? These are topics of popular discussion in mainstream media and culture today, and while the notion of focusing on caring for ourselves as a fad is great, white supremacy’s takeover of it is anything but (no shade to mani/pedis or decadent desserts). (Lots of shade to pressuring people to “care” for themselves by spending time and money they don’t have and then shaming them when they don’t because they don’t like mani/pedis or don’t have time or money to get them). Whew! This session will contain deep breaths. This session’s aim is to approach resilience and self-care as they relate to trauma and oppressive systems, take, for example: being a fat person in a fat-hating world! This interactive session will provide an understanding of the effects of trauma and oppression on our hearts, minds, and bodies, along with the opportunity to identify and develop skills for building resilience and approaching self-care in a way that works for you.

Friendship Bracelets & Fat Friendships Fat Chat

Location: Lakeside Cabin 2 Community Room

time: Sunday 11:30am-12:30pm

Patch: Chatty Fatty OR Creative Fat

Description: Learn the meditative art of friendship bracelets while chatting about fat friendships. This session will begin with instruction on how to make beginner or advanced beginner friendship bracelets. While we are knotting away, we'll chat about the joys and challenges of friendships for fat positive folks.