How to Apply to the 2018 Summer Encampment

Voting Rights & Education Reform – EFC Freedom Summer 2018! June 30 - July 24, 2018, Raymond, MS

You can apply if you:

  • Want to make a difference in your community;
  • Want to participate in a summer residential program with youth from many backgrounds;
  • Are between 15-18 years old;
  • Want to become a part of a national and intergenerational community of social justice activists and leaders from across the country.
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Encampment 2016.

How to apply:

Apply online or download the application materials. Deadline for applications is January 30, 2018. Preference is given to early applications. Apply today!

Complete all pages of the application.

  • Ask two adults and one young person in your community, social service organization, or school who know you well to be your references. Add their contact information to the form. They do not need to write a letter of reference. References will be contacted by phone.
  • Help us to get to know you! Answer the short essay questions about your interests, the issues you feel passionate about and what you hope to get out of the Encampment experience.
  • Send us an example of your creativity to strengthen your application. It can be anything you consider creative (a poem, a story, a musical recording or reading, artwork or photographs are a few ideas).
  • If you are applying for financial assistance, complete the Fee Waiver Application.

Submit the Application Packet

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received (email or postmark). Apply today!

Scan and email or fax your application:

Or send it via U.S. mail to:

The Encampment
P. O. Box 1210
Aptos, CA 95001-1210

What happens next:

  • A member of the applications committee will speak with you and your parents about the summer program.
  • A member of the applications committee will contact your references.
  • We will send you detailed information about the summer program when you are accepted.


Contact us for more information about applying for the 2018 program.

Application checklist:

checkbox  Application form

checkbox  References

checkbox  Required essays

checkbox  Creative work

checkbox  Fee waiver application (if needed)

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