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7 - 12 October, 2018
Gilwell Park, near London.
Campaign Bootcamp is a week-long training residential 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 a 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.
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What Will I Learn at Bootcamp?
What is a residential like?
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.
We see Campaign Bootcamp as 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, just drop us a line on email@example.com, and we can talk it through with you.
What do we cover?
- Day 1 – Getting to know each other: introductions to Bootcamp and each other; setting expectations for the week
- Day 2 – Setting your direction: clarifying your campaign’s values; exploring who holds power; identifying goals, objectives, strategies and targets
- Day 3 – Who’s involved?: 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)
- Day 4 – Constructing your message: communicating your campaign; interacting with the media; interview skills
- Day 5 – Getting your message out there: creating social media content; making viral campaign videos with your phone
- Day 6 – Your campaigning story: storytelling for campaigning; setting boundaries in storytelling
You will also take part in real life campaign scenarios, receive storytelling and skills-based training from external campaigners and trainers, and spend time exploring identity and how to navigate conflict. See more about Bootcamp’s curriculum and training style here.
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.
Our experienced team of staff and specialist trainers facilitate discussions, teach skills and support you throughout the week.
When she's not training at Bootcamp, Tamara-Jade coordinates outreach for the organisation - that means making sure that our trainings are available to those who might not have access to trainings elsewhere. The bulk of her activism has been centred around gendered violence. She is also interested in black feminism, illustration, group dynamics, celebrity gossip, power and privilege, nail painting, home remedies and binge-watching The L Word.
Nim Ralph is a community activist, trainer and facilitator. Nim has held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women’s and disability sectors. They co-founded QTIPOC London, Purple Rain Collective and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded So We Stand; an organisation linking environmental, social and racial justice in the UK. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and they were named a Guardian “Youth Climate Leader”. They also play the drums and love to lip-sync battle.
I'm a British-born Mauritian with mixed heritage. I create things, like music, writing, film, photography and delicious food. I cultivate things, like joy, friendships, patience, solidarity, prosperity and lasting social change.
Making videos with your smartphone
Faizan is an award-winning video journalist and a communications consultant who has worked with international news organisations such as the Associated Press Television News, BBC World and the New York Times, as well as local charities such as Age UK and Imaan.
Making videos with your smartphone
Through Alter Eco and VideoRev, organisations that he founded, Richard produces and trains others to create viral campaign videos. He has built an expertise in why people share videos online, and has created videos for organisations including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, 350.org, Friends of the Earth, 38 Degrees and SumOfUs. Just one year after Alter Eco was created, their videos had already been shared over one million times and seen over 50 million times.
Making videos with your smartphone
Kahra’s background was in youth work before she turned her attention to campaigning. She helped develop a network of young mental health activists at Youth Access, has worked for organisations including Global Justice Now, 38 Degrees, and We Can Win. She now works in communications for the Progressive Alliance and in campaigns and policy for Youth Access.
Kat is an activist, campaigns consultant and the founder of WeHuddle, a community to support and inspire women leading campaigns. She is currently supporting the survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire through campaign group, Grenfell United, which fights for justice and change. She also works with Grenfell Speaks which is an organisation that was set up to make sure the media is covering the tragedy responsibly, and also helps survivors engage with the media.
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 (although we do ask everyone to make a contribution of some kind if they can). The training fee, accommodation, food and travel can all be covered by the scholarship. To apply, just tick the appropriate box(es) on the application form, and we do the rest! Paid places are for people who work in campaigning at an NGO. We offer a sliding scale based on the organisation's income.
For people not working in campaigning
£0 - £3,500
You pay what you can afford
For people working in campaigning
For organisations with income under £200,000
For organisations with income from £200,000 - £600,000
For organisations with income over £600,000
Scholarships available for Bootcamp 14
Jo Cox Scholarship
Established in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox, this scholarship supports women campaigning for a kinder, fairer and more just world. This scholarship is open to trans, non-binary, cis and intersex women in the UK.
Scholarship for Migrants
This scholarship is for migrants (including refugees and asylum seekers) based in the UK who campaign on any issue. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Scholarship for Policing and Criminal Justice Campaigners
This scholarship can support any campaigners tackling injustice in policing and the criminal justice system, including police brutality, deaths in police custody, excessive or unjust sentencing laws, police spying, unjust treatment of prisoners, stop and search laws, campaigners fighting for prison reform or abolition, and more. It was voted on by members of the Bootcamp community.
Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Activists
This scholarship for UK disabled activists was established by Bootcamp alumni Susan Cook, and is funded by the John Ellerman Foundation. The scholarship can include support for access costs.
Clean Air Scholarship
This scholarship is for people campaigning for cleaner air in the UK. It is funded by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation.
This scholarship is for environmental activists in the UK, and is funded by the Greenpeace Environmental Trust.
Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour / BAME Campaigners
This scholarship is for campaigners of colour / BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) campaigners anywhere in the UK. It is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
Scholarship for Systemic Change
This scholarship, funded by the Franks Family Foundation, supports working class/low-income people working on systemic issues, in particular education, health, nutrition/food safety and housing. Recipients of this scholarship must be willing to meet the funder.
General Scholarship Funding
We have general funding for a broad range of demographics including, but not limited to, LGBTQ+ folk in campaigns; disabled people in campaigns; people of marginalised genders in campaigns; working class campaigners; refugee and migrant campaigners; and parents and carers in campaigns in the UK.
TestimonialsDon't take our word for it! Hear what our graduates have to say about their Bootcamp experience.
I started campaigning because my community came under threat. I had no training, no guidance, and no clue what I was doing! ... I'm so grateful to Campaign Bootcamp for giving me the tools to improve my activism and keep on winning!
It's what every human being should be trained in so they can stand up for themselves or others in this hostile environment we living in.
Loraine Masiya Mponela
Immigrant rights, Coventry
The Bootcamp experience has made me a much more confident campaigner and has given me many tools to use in my campaigning journey.
Disabled rights, Leeds
Bootcamp helped me understand my own personal strengths and weaknesses better. I have a better idea of where I best fit in within a campaigns team, and where my skills would be most needed.
LGBTQ+ equality, Scotland
The Campaign Bootcamp experience has had a profound effect on me personally, by enabling me to recognise that I need support to build my campaign and galvanised me to make improvements which has led to increased support for my petition.
Clean air, London
Campaign Bootcamp is the place to be if you are passionate about campaigning and activism.
No borders, Scotland
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?
The deadline to apply for Bootcamp 14 is 9am BST on Tuesday 28th August.
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 relevant box(es) 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.
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
Over £600,000 £3,500
£200,000 – £600,000 £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 14, 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.
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.
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!