WELCOME TO YEA CAMP!
Yes, it's true! YEA* Camp, the premier social justice leadership camp for teens, is launching a special session for adults who want to make a bigger difference in the world!
After 9 years of training more than 600 teens to become changemakers on a cause they care about, and hearing countless adults tell us that they wish they could experience YEA Camp, we are thrilled to launch our first ever camp for the over-18 set! (We're still holding our youth camps too!)
Our teen alumni are actively involved in righting wrongs, changing laws, and transforming their communities. They're doing amazing, inspiring things to protect the environment, advocate for human rights, help animals, influence elections, raise funds, and more. Many have told us, even years later, that they would not have done these things without YEA Camp.
If they can do it, so can you!
With so much injustice in our world, we recognize the need to make our program available to adults, who will benefit as much from our curriculum, community, and methodology as our teens do.
YEA Camp for Adults blends all of the elements of a fun summer camp and a rejuvenating retreat with a transformational activist training and a holistic leadership program to help you on your change-making path for years to come.
*BTW, like voting "yea or nay," we pronounce "YEA" to rhyme with "hey"!
OUR WORLD NEEDS HELP
Whether it's environmental destruction, police brutality, gun violence, sexism, homophobia, animal cruelty, or whatever "45" did today, the problems in our world are too big to ignore.
On the bright side, lots of folks who have never paid attention to politics or considered themselves activists are getting involved. But a lot of big-hearted people get stuck: concerned, but for any number of reasons not actively working to do much about these very important issues.
It can be hard getting involved in activism when you're just getting started. Or if you've been signing petitions and donating but now you want to do more.
You might want help because you:
- don't know enough about the issues or your issue
- aren't sure how to get started or exactly what to do
- feel uncomfortable speaking up about what you believe in
- aren't confident
- feel overwhelmed, demoralized, or pissed off
- struggle to find time and balance while managing a busy schedule
- get stuck in a rut and don't know which direction to take
- don't know other people or organizations to work with or help you
- have personal issues you feel you need to handle first
We get it and we've been there. All activists have had to deal with these challenges at some point, and YEA Camp is designed to help you with all of them. Our world's problems are too serious to let these things stop us.
That's why we started YEA Camp. Because we need all the changemakers we can get.
YOU WILL LEAVE YEA CAMP CONFIDENT AND PREPARED
YEA Camp can help you:
- Build your self-confidence and trust in yourself to take on a cause you care about
- Learn skills you can apply right away, including how to creatively use the talents, skills, and network you already have
- Manage negative emotions so you can move forward strategically, sustainably, and with compassion
- Become more savvy and strategic in your approach so that you have a bigger impact and use your time wisely
- See a pathway to get more involved in politics, grassroots activism, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, or other forms of change-making that feel right for you
- Develop a plan to have a bigger impact with the time you have
- Feel more optimistic about the movement for social justice and the important role you can play in it
- Feel restored by spending a week in nature at an animal sanctuary with supportive, like-minded people (and animals!)
- Develop a practice of self-care to prevent burnout and sustain a healthy, change-making life.
- Become part of a stellar community that will continue on long after camp ends.
- Have one of the best weeks of your life, which is how so many of our campers describe it.
Nobody has simple solutions to our world's massive problems, but our YEA Camp team has learned a lot in our many years of activism, and we have spent the last decade training new and aspiring changemakers to make a bigger difference on the causes they care about.
If you feel you could use help advocating for social justice, there is no place like YEA Camp.
HERE'S HOW YEA CAMP WORKS
YEA Camp is progressive and committed to social justice, but it's not about any single cause. It's about preparing you to make a bigger difference for your cause -- what we call your Issue of Importance, or "IOI." And it's fine if you're not sure which issue to focus on. You get to decide at camp!
YEA Camp's curriculum has been developed and refined by experienced activists over the past 15 years, and is based upon the development of four core areas that are critical for effective advocates:
KNOWLEDGE about problems in the world and solutions to effectively address them;
SKILLS to be more effective -- like with your communication, social media efforts, campaigning, grassroots outreach, political engagement, and more;
CONFIDENCE to expand your comfort zone and believe in yourself and your ability to make an increasingly bigger difference;
COMMUNITY to stay inspired, so you know you're not alone, and to benefit from connections with supportive peers and organizations to collaborate with.
Strategically cultivating these four synergistic areas will set you up to make a much bigger difference as an activist and will enhance every aspect of your life.
Our proven curriculum provides you with the support, education, leadership skills and community that you need to play a bigger part in making the world a better place.
Want to know more about our approach? Learn about our values, philosophy, influences, and heroes here.
WHAT TO EXPECT + SAMPLE SCHEDULE
This is not some boring conference!
Serious question: Why do people stop going to camp once they grow up? We are not too old to have this much fun!
No matter our age, camp is an invitation to adventure and a permission slip to dream bigger and live larger. It's an opportunity to get away from "real life," make new friends, try new things, pursue our passions, and reflect on what really matters to us.
Expect the sweet rejuvenating camp silliness of playing hilarious games, singing songs (off key is fine!), roasting (vegan) marshmallows at the campfire, staying up late telling stories in our PJs, and generally having a lot more fun than you probably have at home. And can you even have a camp without a talent show or a dance party? We don't want to find out!
You will have daily time to visit with animals at the sanctuary, be in nature, do yoga and meditation, and surround yourself with positive people who care just as much as you do.
Changing the world will take a while. We need powerful self-care practices so we can keep going, stay positive, and enjoy our lives along the way.
Add this to our activism training -- packed with interactive workshops, skillshares, and experiential activities -- and YEA Camp will help you get the training you need to focus your activism and sustain it for the long term.
This has been quite a year and you deserve it.
And the world needs you.
LOCATION & DATES
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary - High Falls, NY
Sunday, July 1 - Saturday, July 7, 2018
We couldn't think of a better location for this special session of YEA Camp than Woodstock Farm Sanctuary which provides a lifelong home to hundreds of rescued animals -- and also happens to be the grounds of a former summer camp, complete with dining hall, cabins, and campfire.
High Falls is located about 90 minutes from New York City, outside the town of New Paltz, and easily reached by bus or car from Manhattan.
This unforgettable week will be packed with so much fun, inspiration, relaxation, and transformational training that it will be a valuable and restorative respite from life and work at home, and a valuable catalyst for the next level of activism you embark on.
Note: We've strategically planned our dates for the week of July 4th so you'll likely miss fewer days of a quieter week at work. Camp starts on Sunday at noon and ends on Saturday at noon to give plenty of time for travel, even if you're coming from far away.
IS YEA CAMP FOR ADULTS RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you're a progressive-minded adult who wants to have a more significant impact on the world, then, in a word, YES!
Because YEA Camp is not about any one cause or issue, we attract people passionate about social justice causes like racism, sexism, LGBTQ rights, the environment, animal protection, and more.
Our curriculum is designed for anyone to make a bigger difference, no matter their IOI (issue of importance) or experience.
Please note, YEA Camp is NOT the right fit for you if:
- You do NOT support progressive causes including human rights (such as addressing racism, sexism, and LGBT rights), environmental conservation, and animal welfare.
- You feel you're already on track in your activism and don't need any further support or training. (GO YOU!!)
- You insist on being angry, negative, closed to others' points of view, or set in your ways.
- You're unwilling to help create an environment at YEA Camp that pulls for everyone's success.
If you want to make quite sure that YEA Camp for Adults is right for you, please contact us for help in making an informed choice.
TUITION + SCHOLARSHIPS
Tuition for our week together is $1,600.
-->Register early by February 1 for $150 off!<<--
Monthly payment plans are available when you register.
This includes your weeklong overnight stay, all meals, and everything we do together at YEA Camp. Aside from buying a camp t-shirt, you will not need any money while at YEA Camp.
There are only 40 spots available, and we expect to sell out, so register early to reserve your spot.
As part of our mission and commitment to make YEA Camp accessible, we reserve a certain number of places at all of our sessions for those on scholarship and want to be sure that income level doesn't prevent someone from attending if they'd really like to be part of YEA Camp.
YEA Camp is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to fund our scholarship programs. Your tax-deductible contribution makes YEA Camp more accessible for all.
YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
What about the food?
YEA Camp is proud to provide food truly fit for changemakers.
To highlight activism we can do in our daily lives, all of the food at YEA Camp is vegan, fair-trade, and organic and local where possible.
Thankfully, we don't need to sacrifice our taste buds for our ethics.We have a personal vegan chef along with a skilled team dedicated to serving delicious, nutritious, foods to keep us fueled for change.
We strive to include meals from different cultures so you might expect meals featuring Indian, Mexican, Thai, or Mediterranean dishes, as well as YEA Camp classics like French toast and pancakes (mmm), veggie burgers, freshly baked vegan pizza, and chocolate chip cookies for a treat. We also offer fresh fruit or salad at each meal. Between breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 snacks, and dessert, you will be well fed!
No problem! Just let us know what you need.
For more info about specific meals, click here to see an example of what we offer for our teen camps. Keep in mind that our menu for the adult camp will be a bit healthier than at our "kid-friendly" youth camps.
A: Our lodgings for the week are simple but modern, comfortable camp cabins that are a perfect backdrop for connecting with our inner kid as well as the awesome other folks at YEA Camp. Each cabin has 4 rooms with sets of bunk beds to accommodate 6-8 people, along with a living room in the front room to hang out in before bed.
There are modern indoor bathrooms with showers in the cabins. One cabin will be all female and female-identified, while the other will be co-ed, with rooms and bathrooms separated.
If you went to summer camp as a kid, this will be like that except probably a lot nicer.
There is decent wifi and perfect cell reception at YEA Camp, and yes you can bring and use your electronics. We understand that, over the course of a week, many people will have family or professional responsibilities to attend to. We offer 2 hours during the day of personal time that you can use however you want, and you can step away from any activity we are doing if needed.
Having said that, we encourage you to set yourself up to be fully present at YEA Camp and not to plan to do significant work while with us. The more you are on your phone or computer, the less you will be connecting with people or participating at YEA Camp. Remember that we will be together during the week of 4th of July, so hopefully this will be a quieter work week for most people.
YEA Camp for Adults, held at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, is conveniently located in High Falls, NY, just about 1-½ hours from Manhattan. High Falls is just outside the bigger town of New Paltz, where there are regular buses leaving from Port Authority bus terminal in New York City every 1-2 hours. Click here to see the bus information and to buy a ticket to New Paltz. Tickets cost $22.75 each way. Depending on the demand, we may be able to offer shuttles from the bus station in New Paltz, though if not you can easily catch a cab for the 15-minute ride to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. We'll be in touch!
If you plan to drive, there is plenty of parking at the sanctuary.
If you are able to offer a ride or would like to be connected to someone driving or taking the same bus as you are, please let us know so we can connect you.
The closest airport is Stewart International Airport, about an hour away, but there's not public transit from there to New Paltz so you would need to rent a car or get a cab. If you'd prefer to take public transit or spend time in New York City, you can fly in to JFK or LaGuardia, which are not much further away. From either airport, you can easily catch the NYC Airporter shuttle bus for less than $20 to Manhattan, right to Port Authority, the bus station where you can catch the bus to camp.
YEA Camp provides a full refund minus $100 until April 1. After April 1, we provide refunds minus $100 only if YEA Camp fills up and we are able to fill your spot with another participant. Your registration is transferable to another qualified participant, so if you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your place for no additional fee. Your registration is also transferable to a future session of YEA Camp, though we cannot guarantee any specific sessions or locations will be offered next summer. To cancel or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
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