This summer, approximately 30 teens from a wide variety of backgrounds will live for three weeks in a supportive multicultural Encampment community where they will explore in depth issues of concern to them and our society.
A Different Kind of Learning
2013 Encampment discussion
The Encampment is not “summer school.” But Encampers will learn …
- About democracy by living democratically and reflecting on their lived experience.
- About different cultures by living with peers from different backgrounds; Encampers grow by sharing their lives with others.
- About leadership by working on projects with fellow Encampers.
- About themselves by expanding their views of what they can accomplish in the world.
And each youth will learn by teaching others through sharing experiences, talents and friendship.
The Workshop Tradition
The Encampment has a long tradition of inspiring young people to become informed, active participants in their communities. The heart of this tradition is the workshop. Encampers choose their workshops from a variety of topics. In their workshops, Encampers work closely with experienced, knowledgeable staff to investigate important issues. Then they share what they’ve learned with the larger Encampment community. Past workshop topics have included:
- human rights and civil rights
- racial, ethnic, and cultural identity
- health and poverty and
- environmental issues.
A Variety of Activities
Speakers, films, discussions, community service, and activities planned by the Encampers themselves are all part of the Encampment experience. Social and recreational activities are also important components of the program.