2016 InterGen presentation

2015 Encamper Presentation, photo credit KC O'Hara.

2014 Workshop: Through an Indigenous Lens

2013 Encampers with U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, EFC 1957

The Encampment is ...

... 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!


2016 Encampment

The community we have built here is

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 »

Alum Stories

It’s Different When It’s Your Friend

Kendra Dawson, one of our newest alums, tells us about her favorite memory from the Encampment. Check out her alum story and others.

An early encampment

From the beginning, youth from

“many religious, racial, social, and national backgrounds” came to the Encampment to “make democracy work” by living it. Read more »

EFC videos

Campers remember a life-changing experience -- Encampment 2016, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Transformative youth leadership program -- Encampment 2015, Jackson, Mississippi.

Jon Kerner, Ph.D, (EFC 1965 CA) describes his Encampment experience.

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EFC photos

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2017 InterGen: What Does it Mean to be an Activist Global Citizen?

intergen group photo

“The weekend had the feeling of a family reunion. Feelings of respect, genuineness and passion were everywhere. The relationships between Encampers and alums were honest and sincere. The workshops were informative and productive. The student performances were heartwarming and heartbreaking as they reflected the issues of the day. I think we all left the weekend a little more thankful, hopeful and ‘woke.’”—Board member Steve Davis on the 2016 InterGen

The summer’s theme continues in our fifth Annual InterGen(erational) Weekend, July 21–23, 2017, to be held near the conclusion of the summer program at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Margot Gibney, EFC executive director, promises the usual mix of fun interactive activities—with a few surprises this year. “We are keeping the activities that people have enjoyed the most in past years, while adding more depth where we can,” she says. “The intergenerational aspect is the heart of the weekend. The most recent Encampers are eager to learn from and connect with older alums—they will have many questions for them! This year, we are inviting people, when they register, to ask the questions they have for this new generation of activists, so it will be a reciprocal process. This process will strengthen our vision of global activism as an organization—we will be looking at strategies for mobilizing EFC’s intergenerational community as a force for change.”Register here

QUESTIONS? E-mail msilverbear@encampmentforcitizenship.org
or call 831-515-6775.

Meet the 2017 Program Director

Michael Carter

Michael Carter (far right) at 2014 Encampment in Chicago, IL.

Michael Carter has been named EFC’s new program director, replacing Jane Sapp, who is now the education director. Ms. Sapp says, “Michael Carter is the perfect person at this moment in time to move the Encampment forward and continue and grow the work of inspiring and cultivating young social justice activists. He is anchored in the history and culture of community. Michael is a very creative person, teacher and leader who works with people by really listening to and respecting them, framing always in the ‘we‘ versus the ‘I.’ People turn to him because he always has a vision and sees beyond the moment.” Read more

Former U.S. Ambassador on Investing in the Future of Social Justice

Aurelia Brazeal

Aurelia Brazeal, alum 1963 Puerto Rico, speaking at the Encampment's 70th Anniversary Celebration

“I can think of no single program that is more important in shaping the next generation of activists we so desperately need than the Encampment. Encampers will provide the agency to find new and creative solutions to our nation’s challenges.”

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Two May Gatherings in Massachusetts and Connecticut Areas Benefit 2017 Encampers

  • Pomfret School Tennis Invitational, May 14, 8:30-10 a.m. More info »
  • Peace Development Fund gathering May 16, 5 p.m. More info »

SAVE THE DATE—July 21-23, 2017—EFC 2017 InterGen

Meet other alums, parents and supporters and welcome the newest Encampers, who will have just completed the Encampment summer program. Our 2017 InterGenerational weekend features interactive activities, opportunities for dialogue and cultural presentations by Encampers on Saturday night. Discussion: "How can the Encampment be an increasing force for social justice?" on Sunday. For more information as it becomes available email us: efcyouthprogram@gmail.com or call 831-515-6775.

2017 Summer Encampment Materials Online

JUST ANNOUNCED – 2017 ENCAMPMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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. »

70th Anniversary Celebration Returns to EFC's Roots to Celebrate and Support 21st-century Encampment

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.

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Announcing the new Youth Advisory Council

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.

You Don’t Have to Give Up Your Sentiment-laden Treasures for Us to Get Out the Story of the Encampment for Citizenship to the World!

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 »

Highlights of Encampment 2016

“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

2016 Encampers

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Michael Carter