FAQs

Find the answers to your questions here, or contact info@encampmentforcitizenship.org for more information.

Where will my young person live during the Encampment?
Encampers are housed in a secure living space. Rooms are shared by 3-6 youth and are often clustered in “pods.” Staff are housed alongside the youth in the same secure space. Encampers live in rooms and pods with other Encampers and staff of the same sex.

What are the dining arrangements?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided, along with snacks. Dining is typically cafeteria-style. Please tell us about any special dietary needs so we can make sure they are accommodated.

How can I contact my young person during the Encampment?
We encourage youth to stay in touch with their families via email or regular mail. A mailing address will be provided to families. Phone calling is for emergencies only; a number will be provided to families.

Who will be at the Encampment?
The Encampment will bring together 30 youth and approximately 5 full-time staff. Young people come to the Encampment from all over the United States and often from other nations as well. We aim for true diversity: racial/ethnic, geographic (all regions and a mix of rural, suburban, and urban environments), economic/class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. The experience of living, learning, and working together teaches valuable lessons that last a lifetime. Staff members come from a wide variety of backgrounds as well. We choose staff for their skill and experience working with teens, and for depth of knowledge about societal issues and active community involvement.

What are the behavioral expectations?
Encampers must agree to abide by certain basic rules of behavior. Encampers are expected to treat other Encampers, staff, and guests with respect, and to participate fully in Encampment activities. Because this program involves living and working with people from very different backgrounds and confronting issues that can be challenging, Encampers must have the desire and capacity to embrace these situations and to grow and learn from them.   

What should my young person bring to the Encampment?
A packing list is provided upon acceptance into the program. Basically, Encampers should bring casual clothing and footwear for the 3-week program, and one “business attire” outfit. Athletic and swimming attire are encouraged. Laundry facilities will be available. Encampers should bring appropriate toiletries. Basic linens are typically provided. Encampers may bring musical instruments, water bottle, camera, cell phone (specific policies TBD), recorded music (iPod, etc.), books.

Are there any items my young person should not bring?
Please do not bring items such as computers, tablets (iPads), etc.; these will be available at the Encampment site. Dangerous items such as knives or other weapons are not allowed. Illegal items are – of course – not allowed.

ENCAMPERS SPEAK OUT

Wade

“At the Encampment, we talk about the super-deep and troubling stuff that no one wants to talk about but that needs to be talked about to create a better world. There were so many conversations that ignited my inner heart. It makes me think, 'These are my friends – why do they feel like this in a society that is supposed to be equal for everyone?' I’m really glad I came to the Encampment because I got to meet so many fun, awesome people who are really passionate about something and really want to change our world.

– Wade (2016), Amherst, MA


Lauren, Eutaw, AL

“Encampers come bring our ideas together and form our own government and try to connect with each other as a community. We learn about each other’s cultures and struggles. African-American, Latino, Native American, Caucasian – you are not the only one who is going through something. EFC challenges your mind. You have to look at your opinion and why you have it. You think of ways you want to change your community. It’s a whole new world.

– Lauren (2015), Eutaw, AL