20 - 25 May, 2018

Gilwell Park, near London.

Campaign Bootcamp is a week-long residential training that supports you to develop the skills, confidence, and community to run a great campaign. The training brings together 35 new campaigners from across the country (and sometimes from other parts of the world) to learn and build community together.

In the course of a week, Campaign Bootcamp will take you on a journey through planning and running an effective campaign, giving you space each day to work out how what you have learnt applies to the work you are doing. Each day has a different theme reflecting a different part of your campaign. By the end of the week you should come out with a campaign plan you can take forward for the next year or so.

What Will I Learn at Bootcamp?

We’ve designed Campaign Bootcamp to help you run a more effective campaign. The 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.

Campaign Bootcamp is a space for new campaigners, as well as those who have grassroots experience and are looking for a space in which to reflect on and renew their campaigning. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, get in touch, and we can talk it through with you.

Via whole group sessions, small group reflection, journaling, storytelling from seasoned campaigners, campaign analysis tools, and a real life scenario we will explore four core themes:

  • Setting Your Direction. (clarifying your campaign’s core values; understanding who has power; identifying goals, objectives, strategies and targets)
  • Building Relationships (analysing strengths and weaknesses of your campaign team; caring for self and others; building allies)
  • Messaging(building your core message; interviewing; using digital tools to spread the word; using personal stories in campaigning)
  • Understanding Your Place in the Movement (getting to know each other; understanding identity; navigating conflict; setting personal boundaries)

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.

Costs & scholarships

There are two types of place at Bootcamp, a Scholarship place and a Paid place. Most people attend on a scholarship place, which covers up to the full cost of the Bootcamp experience. The training fee, accommodation, food and travel can all covered by the scholarship. We do encourage everyone to contribute what they can. To apply, just tick the box on the application form and we do the rest!

Paid places are for those working in a paid capacity within campaigning. The full cost of Bootcamp is £3500 and all the money we receive goes back into making Bootcamp possible and as good as it can be; we don't make a profit.

Scholarship places

For people not working in campaigning.

£0 - £3500

You pay what you can afford

Paid places

For people working in campaigning.

£500 fee

For organisations with income under £200,000

£1500 fee

For organisations with income from £200-400k

£3500 fee

For organisations with income over £400,000

Scholarships available for Bootcamp 12 are:

To make Bootcamp accessible available to everyone there are lots of scholarships available. Here they are:

James Gary Aspinall Scholarship

For working-class campaigners from Merseyside.

The Jo Cox Scholarship: for women campaigning for a kinder, fairer & more just world

This scholarship, established in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox, supports women campaigning for justice and fairness in Britain. This scholarship includes trans / non-binary / cis / intersex women.

The Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour / BME Campaigners Outside London

For campaigners of colour / BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) campaigners. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, this scholarship is specifically for UK campaigners based outside of London.

The Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour / BME Campaigners

For campaigners of colour / BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) campaigners anywhere in the UK.

Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Activists

This scholarship for UK disabled activists was established by Bootcamp alum Susan Cook and is funded by the John Ellerman Foundation. The scholarship can include support for access costs.

The Greenpeace Scholarship

For environmental activists in the UK. Funded by Greenpeace Environmental Trust.

Clean Air Scholarship

For people outside London campaigning for cleaner air in the UK. Funded by the European Climate Foundation.

The Trust for London Scholarship

For campaigners working on tackling poverty and inequality in London.

The UNICEF Scholarship for Young Activists

For campaigners aged 18-21 based in the UK.

Scholarship for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

For refugees and asylum seekers. Funded by the UK Fund of the Ben and Jerry's Foundation.

Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Campaigners

For campaigners in the UK who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer)

Scholarship for Migrant Campaigners

For migrants (including refugees and asylum seekers) based in the UK who who campaign on any issue. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


We know the Bootcamp residential is a transformative experience - but don't take our word for it! Check out these testimonials:

A gif of Bootcampers holding up signs with their testimonials on. The text on each photo shown is posted below this image. "Really great experience meeting people passionate about all different campaigns and learning different skills that I can take back home and use. Everyone should come!"

"What Campaign Bootcamp meant to me: It was powerful; it was inspiring; it was emotional; it validated my own learning; it was a safe space for me."

"[Bootcamp] is a powerful, empowering and life-changing process. You will leave with a whole new campaigning family."

"The most empowering political experience I've ever had!"

"Campaign Bootcamp is a miracle wrapped up in a week which enables you to discover talents/opportunities you never thought you had."

"Campaign Bootcamp is about inspiring people, encouraging participants to reach their goals. Also having a laugh!"

"Everything you need to cause change!"


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 12 are now closed. However, you can still apply for Bootcamp 13, which will take place in July. The new deadline for that training is Tuesday 24th April. You can get more information about Bootcamp 13 here.

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 further up this page.

People who work for NGOs pay for some or all of their place on Bootcamp. The breakdown is:

Annual budget of NGO         Cost of Bootcamp per person

£400,000 or more                   £3,500

£200,000 – £400,000             £1,500

Under £200,000                     £500 or less


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. For Bootcamp 12, 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, and live in the UK, then you can apply under our General Scholarship. 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 you convince your workplace to fund your place.

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.

Where will 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 acommodations located in 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 religious buildings
  • 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 hotel-style room or sometimes in a single. 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.

Bootcamp 12 takes place during Ramadan. What will you do to support participants who are fasting?

Great question! We are already in conversation with the venue about making food available that people who are fasting can eat before sunrise. There is an onsite mosque people can use. We will talk with participants individually about adjustments to their schedule so they can have adequate breaks. And we will make sure we have plenty of dates on hand! Please email us on if you have any additional questions about Ramadan.

Will Bootcamp be 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 help me do that?

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