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21 - 26 April, 2019
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.
Please note that this residential campaigning starts on Easter Sunday (21st April 2019). If you are concerned about travelling to Bootcamp on the Bank Holiday weekend, we can provide assistance in planning your route. Get in touch with us at email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can talk it through with you.
What do we cover?
- Getting to know each other: Introductions to Bootcamp and each other; setting expectations for the week
- How to strategise your campaign: You will have the opportunity to try out tools to make your campaign more effective and strategic
- Setting your direction: Clarifying your campaign’s values; exploring who holds power; identifying goals, objectives, strategies and targets
- How to work in your group: We will give you tools and ideas to build your campaign collective and keep it happy
- 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)
- How to reach other people: We will spend time thinking through who you are trying to target and how to reach them effectively – including how to make a viral campaign video!
- Your campaigning story: Storytelling for campaigning; setting boundaries in storytelling
- Constructing your message: Communicating your campaign; interacting with the media; interview skills
- Getting your message out there: Creating social media content; making viral campaign videos with your phone
- How to sustain ourselves while campaigning
- … and much, much more!
We will create a space to remind people to have fun while they campaign – this will include creative activities and external campaigners and speakers. Throughout the week you’ll get to hear stories from experienced campaigners to spur you on! 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.
Meet the Lead Trainers for Bootcamp
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. Nim works on the Bootcamps UK Programme.
Trainer and Outreach Coordinator
Tamara-Jade has worked for a range of organisations focused on violence against women and girls, as well as in sexual health and anti-racism. She has a background working in education in a variety of contexts and is a lead trainer at Bootcamp. Tamara-Jade is committed to power and privilege work both in the office and the training room, and as an activist. She takes an intersectional approach to her outreach work to ensure the cohort embraces difference. She also coordinates the mentoring programme. Tamara-Jade works on the Bootcamps UK programme.
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. The price includes accommodation and food.
For people not working in campaigning
£0 - £3,600
You pay what you can afford
For people working in campaigning
For organisations with income from £50,000 - £200,000
For organisations with income from £200,000 - £800,000
For organisations with income over £800,000
Scholarships available for Bootcamp 15
This scholarship is for environmental activists in the UK, and is funded by the Greenpeace Environmental Trust.Read More
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.Read More
Scholarship for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
This scholarship is for refugees and asylum seekers based in the UK, campaigning on any issue, and funded by the Ben & Jerry's Foundation.Read More
Bertha Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship can support activists based in the UK, working in two different areas: Housing and Arts/Media for Social Change.Read More
James Gary Aspinall Scholarship
This scholarship is for working class campaigners from Merseyside. It is named in honour of James Aspinall, who died during the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.Read More
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.Read More
Scholarship for Campaigners Aged 18-21
This scholarship is for campaigners aged 18-21, based in the UK, who campaign on any issue. Funded by Unicef.
Trust for London Scholarship
This scholarship is for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in London.Read More
This scholarship is for any campaigners who identify as LGBTQ+ and are based in the UK.
Scholarship for BAME/POC campaigners outside of London & the South East
This scholarship is for any BAME/POC campaigners based in the UK, outside of London and the South East.
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.
Campaign Bootcamp is a world for activists to explore themselves and to become the best they can be. It was a fantastic opportunity for underrepresented groups to connect and share experiences as well as learning about strategy, goals, practical skills to develop campaigns.
Gender equality, Yorkshire & Humber
An amazing opportunity to learn and experience what it takes to become an expert campaigner and change-maker, helping you to make a real difference to the world in which you believe in.
Disability rights, London
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
Campaign Bootcamp is for people who feel passionate about various issues in our world and want the skills to take their passion to campaigning. I leant my voice and opinion's matter, that I have a voice and I can make my voice heard.
Prisoners' Families, South East England
Fantastic experience for people with almost any level of experience in campaigns and organising to learn or re-learn some key tools and meet a range of new people who will challenge your assumptions about the world
Climate justice, Northern Ireland
A truly reflective process that gives you space to not only reflect on your work but yourself in relation to your work.
Youth work, West Midlands
A comprehensive way of looking at campaigning, providing a toolkit for all the main areas that one has to think about.
Environmental issues, London
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 18 or over on the first day of training!).
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 15 is 9am GMT on Tuesday 12th February.
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 £800,000 £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.
For Bootcamp 15, 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?
Our residential trainings take place at Gilwell Park. Gilwell Park is a training and events venue with on-site, hotel-style accommodation, located 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
- On-site 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. From the application stage to the residential itself. 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!