What’s a Bootcamp like? Our curriculum and training style

A lot of applicants contact us ahead of Bootcamp to ask what our training is like, so here's a guide to our curriculum and training style - and how and why we do it!

The Campaign Bootcamp residential is a reflective and experiential training space. This means lots of time to think about your own campaigning, to learn from other people, and to try out new things supported by our training team and campaigners from across many different movements.

By the end of the week the aim is for you to have lots of practical tools and ideas that you can apply to your campaigning and for you to be part of a strong community of campaigners from whom you can draw support after the residential is over.

Training and learning style

At Bootcamp, we use a participatory training style we call ‘Direct Education’. Direct Education builds on the idea that our lived experiences, big and small, are central to how we learn. Our training is interactive and lively and respects the knowledge you already have. We don’t believe in long lectures from the front of the room!

How do we do it?

We believe that everything at a training can be used for our own learning, whether trying out a new skill in a session, or in a conversation you have with someone over lunch. We embrace this by varying our sessions to appeal to a range of learning styles. These include:

  • Whole group sessions
  • Small group reflections
  • Small group work practicing skills
  • Real life campaign scenarios
  • Stories from seasoned campaigners
  • Journaling
  • Pair work
  • Understanding identity and navigating conflict

What is Direct Education?

‘Direct action’ means actions that directly confront and challenge the current system of injustice – which includes how people are taught.

Rather than traditional education, which gives all the expertise to textbooks and teachers, direct education invites the expertise of the people themselves. Direct education is about liberation and empowerment – going to the direct source of wisdom: the group itself!


At Campaign Bootcamp, we believe in freedom. We believe that training spaces should be places of freedom, where the current systems of injustice – which includes how people are taught – are directly confronted and challenged.

We believe in ‘real’ learning. Learning that is deep and long-lasting. We believe that this happens best through experiencing things. And that it is greatest when people take risks and step outside their comfort zone.

We believe in individuals. That everyone brings into the training space their own identity and background and engages in the space based on their own learning style.

We believe in community. In being connected to something bigger. That when individuals come together to learn from each other and their history, they can create something more powerful than the individual alone.

We believe in transformation. In working with people towards personal moments of transformation. That it is these moments that lead to the larger transformation of people, policies, politics and ultimately the very systems, both written and unwritten, by which our society functions.

Sounds good – where can I sign up?

Applications for our final Bootcamp of the year are now open. Bootcamp 15 will run from Sunday 21st April – Friday 26th April 2019

Deadline to apply: 9am GMT on Tuesday 12th February

Apply for Bootcamp 15

Got more questions? Get in touch!

If you have any questions about Bootcamp, you’ll find lots of information about the curriculum and more here. If you need more information, get in touch at hello@campaignbootcamp.org.

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