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Creek Restoration Prep.

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Encampers share strategies for getting out the vote.

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Encampers in community circle.

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At the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

The Encampment is ...

... a summer experience where you live what you learn, make new friends from across the nation, and expand your view of the world.

... year-round opportunities for leadership development, building community, and learning.

... a nation-wide network of committed alumni and partners, working for positive change in their home communities. Read on!


2018 Encampment

Visits to Montgomery and Selma

Encampers were exposed to the victories and hope in the struggle for justice, and encouraged to embrace the ongoing work for a better world.More »

Alum Stories

The Encampment has changed me

Deanna Marie Mousseau explains how the Encampment has influenced her life. Check out her alum story and others.

An early encampment

From the beginning, youth from

“many religious, racial, social, and national backgrounds” came to the Encampment to “make democracy work” by living it. Read more »

EFC videos

Each year, the Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) runs a summer program that empowers young people aged 15–18 to tackle social injustice and make a positive difference in their communities and the world.

Nothing Can Stop Me Now song recorded at 2018 EFC InterGen(erational) Weekend (by Eagle Eye Imaging Solutions).

Created in the 2017 Encampment Digital Stories workshop. View all »

Hampshire College -- Encampment 2016, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Jon Kerner, Ph.D, (EFC 1965 CA) describes his Encampment experience.

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EFC photos

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Two great local events that help sponsor young people for the 2019 Encampment!

Events in New York, NY and Amherst, MA

Glory: A life among legends A memoir by Dr. Glory Van Scott

Dr. Glory Van Scott in conversation with Dr. Anne Klaeysen: the Encampment for Citizenship, combating hate, and the need for the resurgence of good citizenship in the United States.

Dr. Glory, EFC alumna, is joining the New York Society for Ethical Culture to support the Encampment's work with young leaders. 

EFC alums and supporters of all ages are invited to participate in the dialogue.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
7 - 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th Street, New York, NY

Click here to buy tickets »

Partial proceeds from the sale of Dr. Glory's memoir, Glory: A Life Among Legends will sponsor New York-area young people to participate in the 2019 Encampment for Citizenship.

Isaac at the 2017 Encampment.

Isaac Ben Ezra at the 2017 Encampment.

S'mores and morefundraiser for the EFC Isaac Ben Ezra Sponsorship Fund

We invite you to join us for the First Annual Isaac Ben Ezra EFC Sponsorship Fundraiser to sponsor Western Massachusetts youth for this summer's Encampment.

Double your impact! We have received word from an anonymous donor prepared to give us up to $3,500 if we can get others to donate up to that amount.

Our goal is to raise $14,000 — enough to send 4 Western Mass youth to this summer's Encampment in California.

Join local EFC alums and families and share stories and hear recently-recorded Encampment songs sung by the young people.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
2 - 4 p.m. 

At the home of Amy Ben-Ezra
Amherst, MA

R.S.V.P. by May 16 »

In memory of Isaac Ben Ezra, EFC alum and supporter.

2019 Encampment

If you are still interested in applying to the 2019 Encampment, and have missed the deadline, please send your application in as soon as possible. We may have a few spaces available. Apply now »

The 2019 Encampment will be held June 29-July 23, 2019 at Cal State University Channel Islands in southern California focusing on immigration, labor and the environment.

Looking for a way to invest in social justice?

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The Encampment prepares young people to put their passion for justice to work. Give to EFC to invest in social justice leaders.

Ayana had a life-changing experience -- not just by learning history and meeting organizers working toward equity today--but being moved by her own cultural heritage and learning ways to work for justice in her community. Read more »

Arrow came to the Encampment to learn skills to strengthen his leadership in his tribal community. "Every day, the Encampment taught me more about Mississippi, and myself, and how I can make a difference in my community." Read more »

And, as part of the EFC’s Get-Out-the-Vote campaign, Encampers are taking action in different ways: Samara and her mother are helping to get out the vote in Springfield, Massachusetts; Isaiah registered to vote for the first time in Oakland, California; and Bernice and her mother are starting a nonprofit, Freedom 2.0, in New Jersey, to educate younger voters and encourage them to vote.

EFC can continue to prepare these young leaders to take thoughtful action for social justice. DONATE »

You Don’t Have to Give Up Your Sentiment-laden Treasures for Us to Get Out the Story of the Encampment for Citizenship to the World!

The VCU Archives have the latest state-of-the-art scanners, which can provide giant, high-resolution copies of your prized photos and other documents! It also has 3-D and other printers that can replicate some of your other cherished items for the Encampment archival collection.You don’t have to surrender your mementos. You simply loan them to us for just long enough for us to make high-tech copies and we send them right back to you. Read more »


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