How to Apply

Want to make a difference in your community and learn how to become a stronger agent of change?

The 2023 Encampment will be
July 6 – 25 at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA

Join peer activists, slightly older allies and EFC’s team of anti-racist educators for a hands-on program designed to take your leadership and organizing skills to the next level.

The 2023 program is designed in collaboration with the 2022 Encampers. You’ll learn with and from peers from around the country and with activists working towards social justice for marginalized communities in Ventura County.

If you are a young person (age 15-18) who wants to take that next step, apply now — there are a few spaces left for the 2023 Encampment.

With EFC’s community-based and arts-as-activism approach, you will:

  • Participate in a multicultural community of peers from across the nation who will share their communities with you.
  • Learn from indigenous elders about their culture and our connection to the natural world
  • Work for food and environmental justice at a local community garden
  • Learn methods and strategies directly from grassroots organizing groups
  • Learn more about how your community works and how you can make change where you are.
  • Arts as Activism: activate the power of your imagination and creativity to make change.
  • Explore practices that support health, wellness, and resilience, personally and in your community
  • Design and lead workshops with your peers
  • Develop your interviewing skills, how to listen, ask questions, and get people’s stories
  • Gain an understanding of the intersectionality and historical context of current social injustices
  • Meet like minded youth from all over the country and make life-long friends
  • Receive four months of follow-up support to develop an action plan.
  • It may be possible to arrange school or community credit for your EFC experience & it provides a great topic for college application essays.

Click for more information: 2023 recruitment flyer pdf-2

There are a few spaces left for the 2023 Encampment. Apply now!

Click to apply online.*

*This application requires a gmail address; if you prefer, click here for a 2023 EFC application packet.

Please contact the office for the Returning Encamper Application.

Encampment Fee Waiver Application 2023

*Cal Lutheran University requires participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless they have a documented medical or religious exemption. They also require masking indoors and observing physical distancing. 

**There will be a virtual pre-Encampment orientation in June and four months of follow-up programming in the fall. The 2023 orientation dates are June 14 and June 21 at 3:30 PT/4:30 MT/5:30 CT/6:30 ET.


The Power of Creative Collaboration

Check out this music video re gentrification created by Hosea and Carter at the 2020 virtual Encampment. 

“…they give me tools that I didn’t realize I needed, to make an impact larger than myself.”

Lilia is both an alum of the 2020 virtual Encampment and a Pesticide-Free Soil Project (PFSP) intern.


Contact us for more information about applying for the 2022 EFC program.


Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

Ursa Piper and Melanie on community. Click image for video.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

2022 Encamper Jason’s spontaneous recruitment pitch! Click image for video.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

Click image for the Encampment video.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

Click image for Maribel & John’s fun video about the Encampment.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

Click image to hear Piper share her transformational experience at the EFC.

Eleanor Roosevelt with 1946 Encampers

2018-20 Encampers creating change in their home communities.

Application checklist

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checkbox Required essays

checkbox Creative work

checkbox Fee waiver application (if needed)

I am Native American and I’ve had a life-changing experience at the Encampment.

Youth from all over the country, (along with) people from different countries, created a space in which we were comfortable to grow. Through this growing, we learned how to accept diversity, view a variety of perspectives, gain strategies to develop change and have our eyes opened to the world. I cannot express myself enough to show grateful I am to be a part of the Encampment community; it has given me my voice. I come from a place where I am silenced and my people are challenged with obstacles created through oppression. Now, I will tell you that I am no longer silent and I will speak up and out about social issues. This family we create here has given me the tools, guidance, connections and motivation to be a community leader and activist.


2016 Encamper, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD

We are strengthening democracy by creating community.