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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2017 Summer Encampment Materials Online

JUST ANNOUNCED: The 2017 Encampment will be July 1-25, 2017 in Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Application materials are now available online. Check them out on the How to Apply page. »

Youth Board Launches as Part of EFC's 70th Celebration

We have a committed group of 2015 and 2016 alums who want to take the EFC to the next level by forming a Youth Board, and we’re fundraising to get them trained to do that!

Help Us Get to $4,000!

Through a generous donation from the TomKat Fund of the San Francisco Foundation, our accommodation expenses are covered. We still need your help to cover airfares for Encampers from South Dakota and California, food and drink, training facilitators and materials.

Check out the Generosity campaign they helped to create and give what you can.

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.

Saturday November 19, 2016, 10:15 am - 9pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street New York, New York

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The evening speakers program includes American Indian activist Ada Deer; Miles Rapoport, former president of Common Cause and Demos; U.S. Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal; Peter Neufeld, founder of the Innocence Project; and Charles Trimble, former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians; Jason Warwin, co-founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. The evening's emcee will be David Rothenberg, founder of the Fortune Society. They will be gathering with many other alums from the first 70 years.

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Registration deadline is November 12, 2016

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! Let us know if you need financial assistance to attend.

Questions? Email efcyouthprogram@gmail.com or call 831-515-6775.

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.

Can't join us that day but want to participate?
Contribute so that the Encampment will be here for future generations of social justice leaders! Donate online, mail a check to Encampment, P.O. Box 1210, Aptos, CA 95001, or call us (831) 515-6775.

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.

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!

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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