2016 InterGen presentation

2015 Encamper Presentation, photo credit KC O'Hara.

2014 Workshop: Through an Indigenous Lens

2013 Encampers with U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, EFC 1957

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

Transformative youth leadership program -- Encampment 2015, Jackson, Mississippi.

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

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EFC photos

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70th Anniversary Celebration Returns to EFC's Roots to Celebrate and Support 21st-century Encampments

The New York Society for Ethical Culture will host the Encampment’s 70th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, with day-long interactive activities and an evening presentation by EFC alums from the early decades of the program through 2016 Encampers.

This day honors EFC founders Algernon D. Black and Alice K. Pollitzer, along with EFC leaders and participants over the years. There will be a slideshow, singing, refreshments and opportunities to bid in a silent auction.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Alice K. Pollitzer, Algernon D. Black at an earlier EFC fundraiser
Eleanor Roosevelt, Alice K. Pollitzer, Algernon D. Black at an earlier EFC fundraiser.

Whether you are able to join us or not, you can participate by placing an ad in the 70th anniversary commemorative program to honor or remember someone(s): your EFC year; Al Black or Alice Pollitzer; anyone who inspires you. Ad prices start at $50. Deadline for ad book reservation is September 24.

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Cost of registration is on a sliding scale: standard $125, youth rate $25, Help another alum participate $250, Sustainer $500 (or more!) — help the EFC grow! Deadline for event reservation is November 10.

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Let us know if you need financial assistance to attend. Please contact the EFC office at info@encampmentforcitizenship.org or 831-515-6775 for more information, to register or to place an ad.

Event will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture,
2 West 64th Street, New York, NY 10023

Eleanor Roosevelt, early EFC supporter, and EFC founder Al Black with Encampers.
Eleanor Roosevelt, early EFC supporter, and EFC founder Al Black with Encampers.

Al Black's sons, David and Jonathan, and nephew Elliott, will host a reception at 5 p.m. on November 19 for participants in the 70th Anniversary Celebration. This is an opportunity to hear (and share) stories about the founding of the EFC, the co-founders, and the early years. Please join us for this rare opportunity!

Questions? Email efcyouthprogram@gmail.com

Highlights of Encampment 2016

“It’s important to look at the Encampment as what this country is really about — the whole promise of America — as the Great Experiment. Our country dared to bring different people from all over the world together under the promise that we could not just live together but grow together and become something that’s a little bit bigger than ourselves individually. The Encampment gives you an opportunity to do that. The Encampers come together with different perspectives and values, and grapple with putting together their own government for the time that they are going to live here, how they are going to govern themselves, what rules they are going to abide by — that’s a powerful lesson for life.” Steve Davis, EFC board member

2016 Encampers

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