The Bootcamp Residential is a week-long campaign training programme; followed by a year of further learning and community support. Packed full of workshops, great speakers, discussion groups and real life scenarios; you'll learn what it takes to run effective campaigns and find your place in the movement.

Our first Bootcamp took place in 2013 after a group of experienced NGO campaigners realised the strategies and skills they were learning weren't being shared outside the NGO world. So they cobbled together a week-long training programme for new campaigners. It was intense, exciting and chaotic.

When it was finished, the exhausted participants passed a hat round to collect donations for the facilitators. When they presented their collection to the facilitators, they asked them to do Bootcamp again - this time for other participants! And so, Campaign Bootcamp was born.

Since then we have refined our training methodology, deepened our commitment to supporting the leadership of those most impacted by injustice, and expanded our networks amongst grassroots campaigners. We now run three immersive, hands-on trainings per year designed to give you the skills, community and confidence you need to run powerful campaigns.

If you're fired up about creating positive change and want to learn how to run thoughtful and powerful campaigns, then Campaign Bootcamp is for you.

Applications for our final 2019 residential training are now closed. Scroll down to find out more...

Find out more about the Bootcamp residential here

What will you learn?

Day 1: Getting to know each other

Introductions to Bootcamp and each other; setting expectations for the week.

Day 2: Understanding Strategy

Clarifying your campaign’s values; exploring who holds power; identifying goals, objectives, strategies and targets.

Day 3: Understanding who you are in your campaign

Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your campaign team; storytelling; conflict resolution; understanding different working styles; how to bring people on board (and retain them).

Day 4: Building your message

Communicating your campaign; interacting with the media; interview skills.

Day 5: Getting your message out there

Making viral campaign videos with your phone; understanding where power lies and influencing targets.

Day 6: Putting it into practice

Planning the next steps in your campaign.

Upcoming Bootcamp residentials:

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Graduate Story:

Rachael Gibbons

Rachael is based in Manchester and works for Reclaim, an organisation supporting young people from working class backgrounds to develop their activism skills and become leaders of social change.

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Jalloh Ibrahima

Jalloh is an asylum seeker from Newcastle who has is campaigning for better housing conditions for asylum seekers and refugees.

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Jessica Donohoe

I would encourage anyone who even has the slightest bit of interest in campaigning to apply… if nothing else, you’ll get to meet and spend a week with a very ace group of people!

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Dalia Omer

Dalia found out about Bootcamp through her work at the Refugee and Migrant Centre in Wolverhampton, where she volunteers with refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.

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Samia Dumbuya

Samia is an environmentalist living in East London; she's used the skills she learnt at Bootcamp to create an online presence for her new campaign, Our Air Our Health.

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Sara Chitseko

Campaign Bootcamp helped me to see how self-care and caring for each other paves the way for longevity in a movement.

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Clarissa Regede

The skills I gained through the Bootcamp helped me position myself to continue advocating for youth engagement globally at different platforms.

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Shaun Mitchell

Shaun is a health activist living in Glasgow; since Bootcamp they've become interested in training and have returned to facilitate on Bootcamp 9 and assist with Selection for Bootcamp 11.

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Angela Fonso

Angela campaigns for cleaner air in London. She got into campaigning because she has two young children and was concerned about what emissions from asphalt in her local area will do to their health.

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Christine Hyde

Christine is an activist from West Yorkshire who campaigns to protect the NHS. She started campaigning at the age of 59, after an enlightening chat with her elderly mother.

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Mohaned Elnour

Mohaned is a lawyer from Sudan, who sought asylum in the UK a few months before applying for Campaign Bootcamp. He came to learn more about campaigning for asylum seeker rights.

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Jake Woodier

Jake is an activist from Brighton who has been involved in a range of campaigns, from housing and renters rights activism to campaigning for Palestinian solidarity.

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How does the application process work?

The application process has two stages. The first is a written application form that will ask you about yourself, your experience, why you want to come to Campaign Bootcamp and couple of short questions to help us understand your potential as a campaigner. If we think you’re a good match for Bootcamp we’ll invite you to a Skype or phone interview.

The interview will be about 20 minutes long and will be with two members of our Bootcamp selection team. We’ll ask you more about yourself and what you want to do with the skills you’ll learn at Bootcamp.

What do you look for in applicants?

We believe that campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to decide how to confront it, so we love to train up ambitious campaigners who advocate for their own communities.

We believe that you can never be too old to campaign and encourage activists of all ages to apply (though you have to be over 18!).

We make an effort to centre those from marginalised backgrounds across the board at Bootcamp. We want to train up those less likely to have access to great training elsewhere.

We’re interested in your ambition and experience in activism, whether that’s in a community setting or a more formal NGO one. We also want to know how our training might impact your campaign work. Bootcamp isn’t about what qualifications you have, it’s about having the drive to make a change! If that sounds like you, Campaign Bootcamp awaits!

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for Bootcamp 17 are now closed.

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How do I pay for Bootcamp?

Most people who come on Bootcamp come on a scholarship. This means that up to the whole cost of the week (the training, accommodation, meals and sometimes travel) is covered by external funding. We encourage everyone to contribute what they can to the cost of the training.

It’s easy to apply for a scholarship – you simply tick the box on the application form. We work hard to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible to campaigners from all walks of life, and our scholarships aim to reflect the value we place on diversity. You’ll be considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible. A list of the scholarships available can be found by scrolling down on this page.

People who work for NGOs pay for some or all of their place on Bootcamp – this is usually funded by the NGO they work for. The breakdown is:

Annual budget of NGO         Cost of Bootcamp per person

£600,000 or more                   £3,600

£200,000 – £800,000             £1,650

£50,000 – £200,000                £550

I don't live in the UK, can I come on Bootcamp?

If you live outside the UK and work for a big organisation (such as Oxfam or Greenpeace) that will pay for your place and your travel, then you can apply for Bootcamp. If you are willing to pay for the entire cost of your place (£3,600) you can also apply.

Currently we do not have scholarships for people living outside the UK.

I don't think I'm eligible for a scholarship, can I still apply?

If you don’t think you are eligible for any of the scholarships and you don’t work for an NGO, you can apply under our General Scholarship (as long as you live in the UK). This is extra funding we’ve secured to cover additional scholarships for people. If we think you’d be great for Bootcamp, then we’ll try and find a way to secure your place. Just tick ‘None of these apply, but I’d still like a scholarship, please!’ on the application form.

I work for an NGO but I don't think they will be able to pay for my place on Bootcamp, can I still apply?

Get in touch! We’ll help communicate to your employer the impact that attending Bootcamp can have, and why they should send you!

I campaign outside of work, but work for a large NGO who won't pay for my place. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately, not right now. We’re working on more funding streams, but at the moment if you work for a large NGO in any capacity, then they would have to pay for your Bootcamp place.

However, we recommend getting in touch! We’ll help communicate to your employer the impact that attending Bootcamp can have, and why they should send you!

Where does Bootcamp take place?

We are excited to announce we have a new venue for our 2018 residential trainings: Gilwell Park. Gilwell Park is a training and events venue with onsite, hotel-style accommodations located deep in Epping Forest. It is easy to get to from London (only a short drive from Chingford Station). Highlights include:

  • Beautiful, tranquil location and training spaces
  • A rural environment only a stone’s throw from London
  • Good wheelchair accessibility
  • Onsite mosque and other places of worship
  • Experienced catering staff that can accommodate a wide variety of dietary requirements
  • Short distance to local shops
  • Onsite bar and cafe (for when you need a break!)

Is Bootcamp is only for Londoners?

No, not at all! Bootcampers come from all over the UK and sometimes beyond. We offer travel bursaries for any UK Bootcampers who need them.

Where do I stay on Bootcamp?

Everyone coming on Bootcamp stays on site, in either a shared or single hotel-style room. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner on site every day and use indoor and outdoor space for our training.

I have special dietary requirements. Will there be something for me to eat on Bootcamp?

Yes, we cater to most dietary requirements, however we do ask that these are allergies/intolerances or life choices (vegan, halal etc.) rather than simple food preferences.

Is Bootcamp accessible?

We strive to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible. The Bootcamp venues are accessible for wheelchair users, and we will work one-on-one with you and the venue to try and meet any other requirements you may have. If you have any concerns or questions about accessibility just get in touch.

I want a job in campaigning, will Bootcamp make that happen?

Our mission is to train a new generation of campaigners, and lots of Bootcamp graduates end up working in campaigning. However, we are not a recruitment agency and our mission is not to get people jobs in campaigning; it’s to support campaigners to choose the best path for themselves and their communities.

Anything else?

If you’ve got a question that hasn’t been answered here, then get in touch and we’ll do our best to give you an answer!