2017 Encampment: Leisure time.

Service learning at Nueva Esperanza.

Community Singing, photo credit KC O'Hara.

Alums from 1949 to 2016 at 2017 InterGen.

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!


2016 Encampment

The community we have built here is

so strong and so realistic. We’ve had a bunch of issues, every community does, but the fact that we powered our way through is the important part. More »

Alum Stories

It’s Different When It’s Your Friend

Kendra Dawson, one of our newest alums, tells us about her favorite memory from the Encampment. 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.

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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Join Us in the Encampment’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign!

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At the 2018 Encampment, Encampers shared their plan with the assembled parents, alums and supporters to educate their communities about the importance of voting.

The Encampment for Citizenship does not lobby for candidates or initiatives, but we do encourage all people to exercise their democratic rights to make a more just and equitable world for all.

National Voter Registration Day is September 25, 2018. We invite you to join 2018 Encampers as they use what they learned at the Encampment to inspire increased voting in their communities. There are many ways to get involved.

Request the EFC’s Voting Rights Organizations & Advocacy Guide.

Learn more about National Voter Registration Day.

If you are already involved, tell us what you are doing and we will share your input in upcoming emails.

“I never learned this stuff in school or anywhere!” In last week’s highlights, Encampers experienced the sorrows, joys,...

Posted by The Encampment on Monday, 16 July 2018

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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