A new web series is on the horizon, Camp Abercorn, which has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund its planned seven episodes. And to give us a taste we can take a look at the trailer posted below.
The show, created by Jeffrey Simon, includes a look at the issues surrounding the Boy Scouts Of America’s ban on gay leaders. It’s a subject that’s close to home for Simon, as he was an Eagle Scout until he came out when he was 19 and left.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Camp Abercorn is a dramatic web series about the blunders and the victories—an authentic portrayal of life on camp staff. For ten weeks each summer Camp Abercorn becomes a bustling wonderland of activity for boys, guided by their fearless leaders—the camp staff.
To tell our stories we’ve created the Compass Guides of America, a fictional organization that parallels the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that we regard with the utmost respect and appreciation because we were Scouts, too.’
On its IndieGoGo page, the makers says the mission is: ‘With the BSA’s recent change in membership policy, youth members are no longer excluded based on sexual orientation, but parents and adult volunteers are still discriminated against. This chasm has created a question that needs to be answered.
‘What happens when a gay Scout turns eighteen? You can help us answer this question, and maybe even change the future. While this is a big inspiration for the show, it’s not the only story we’re telling, not by a long shot.’
I should end this by saying that I have a friend who works for the Scouts in the UK, and he’s always keen to point out that while there’s still discrimination in the US Scouts, there are no such issues in Britain, where LGBT Scouts and leaders are more than welcome (apparently they get quite a few calls and letters from people who hear about the situation in the US and assume Scouts is the same all across the world).
Take a look at the Camp Abercorn trailer below and head over to IndieGoGo if you want to help out.