... 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!
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 »
Kendra Dawson, one of our newest alums, tells us about her favorite memory from the Encampment. Check out her alum story and others.
“many religious, racial, social, and national backgrounds” came to the Encampment to “make democracy work” by living it. Read more »
JUST ANNOUNCED – APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 13: 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. »
The New York Society for Ethical Culture hosted 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.
On November 18, 2016, the Encampment ran a youth board training for recent Encampers. At the training the Encampers identified key issues they wished to address, learned about how a non-profit organization runs, and set goals for their new Youth Advisory Council to accomplish within the next 12 months. The Youth Advisory Council creates a new mechanism for young people to be involved with the Encampment on an ongoing basis.
This council will meet monthly to discuss ideas, support summer programming initiatives, devise new program opportunities and represent youth issues to the Board of Directors. Contact the Youth Advisory Council.
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 »
“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