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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 Spring 2019 residential training open at the end of 2018. Join our mailing list to get a notification when this happens.
Introductions to Bootcamp and each other; setting expectations for the week.
Clarifying your campaign’s values; exploring who holds power; identifying goals, objectives, strategies and targets.
Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your campaign team; showing care for yourself and your team; how to bring people on board (and retain them).
Communicating your campaign; interacting with the media; interview skills.
Creating social media content; making viral campaign videos with your phone.
Storytelling for campaigning; setting boundaries in storytelling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Applications are currently closed. Watch this space!
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
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.
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.
Get in touch! We’ll help communicate to your employer the impact that attending Bootcamp can have, and why they should send you!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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