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It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to be at YEA Camp! Some words we’ve heard used to describe it are: amazing, inspiring, fun, life-changing, transformative, and “best week of my life.”
Part of what makes our program so special is just being around other people who care about making the world a better place, and being in an environment where, as we say, it’s “cool to care.” YEA builds a tight-knit community of caring teens at each session who learn from, support, and root for each other.
In addition to workshops and learning about making a difference, YEA Campers go on hikes, play games, do talent shows, sing songs, have dance parties, and roast vegan marshmallows. In other words, YEA is as much a summer camp as it is activism training.
With a lot of individual attention from experienced and caring staff, YEA Campers participate in about 4 interactive workshops per day to build understanding and develop skills to make a difference on a cause of each camper’s choice, in addition to the other fun stuff listed above.
Campers sleep in bunk beds in rooms in retreat-style accommodations with anywhere from 1 to 6 other campers and a staff member. We eat 3 delicious meals per day with two snacks in between. We even have a special table-banging cheer for mealtimes, secret words we say to support each other when we put ourselves down, and spontaneous dance parties and music numbers breaking out at the piano.
Each day at YEA Camp is different, but each session is amazing in its own indescribably way. YEA Camp is a blend of fun, learning, inspiration, and confidence-building. By the time camp ends, and we are saying our teary-eyed good-byes, we have laid a foundation for all of our campers to go on to do big things for the causes they care about.