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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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2019 InterGen, July 1921, Camarillo, CA

The Encampment for grownups and young leaders! 

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“The InterGen is like nothing else — everyone is excited and happy to connect. Sure, it’s serious and so needed, for us all to connect from different backgrounds and generations. That’s what fuels successful change: all of us working together. This amazing experience fills me with hope for the future.” – Steve Leibman, EFC alum and board member

Join EFC’s lively, fun weekend that never fails to inspire and provide hope to all who participate.

You will meet the newest Encampers and learn about their experiences in the 2019 Encampment which will focus on immigration, labor and environmental issues.

New in 2019: Give input and provide support for the Encampers’ plans to translate their EFC experience into action in their home communities.

On this last weekend of the program, we invite alums, parents, supporters and community members to join us for youth-led interactive activities and intergenerational dialogue.

Saturday evening, July 20: Multi-media Community Celebration, including local musicians and artists.


Only have one day or Saturday evening? You can register for either by using the registration form to indicate when you are available. Registration for the day on Saturday, July 20, includes multi-media community celebration in evening. Check out the options »

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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