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14 - 19 July, 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.
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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 protected], 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.
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 16
Greenpeace Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners
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
Bertha Foundation Scholarship for Housing Justice Campaigners
This scholarship can support activists based in the UK campaigning on housing justice, including campaigning around council housing, renters rights, housing for refugee and asylum seekers, rent caps, eviction resistance, and more.Read More
Bertha Foundation Scholarship: Arts/Media for Social Change
This scholarship is for campaigners based in the UK using arts and/or media for social change. Applicants can be campaigning on any issue, as long as they use creative arts or media in their campaigning - including but not limited to arts and crafts, theatre, film and/or TV, and photography.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
Trust for London Scholarship
This scholarship is for campaigners focused on inequality in London, funded by the Trust for London.Read More
Campaign Bootcamp LGBTQ+ Scholarship
We have scholarships available for people who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), campaigning on any issue.Read More
Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for BAME and POC campaigners outside of London
We have scholarships available for BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) / POC (People of Colour) campaigners living outside of London.
Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for Policing and Criminal Justice Campaigners
We have scholarships available for campaigners focussed on addressing issues with the UK policing or criminal justice systems.Read More
Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for Anti-Hate Campaigners
We have scholarships for anti-hate campaigners. This can include but is not limited to campaigners tackling racism, Islamaphobia, Antisemitism, Transphobia and Homophobia.
Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for Care Experienced Campaigners
We have scholarships available for campaigners who are Care Experienced, who are campaigning on any issue (the term Care Experienced refers to someone who has spent time in foster or residential care, or in other arrangements outside their immediate or extended family before the age of 18).
Campaign Bootcamp Scholarship for Survivors
We have scholarships available for campaigners who are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, and are campaigning on any issue.
Campaign Bootcamp General Scholarships
We have a range of general scholarships available for women (cis and trans), non-binary people and other marginalised genders, BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) / POC (People of Colour) campaigners, and those living outside of London and the South East. If you don't fit one of these categories it doesn't mean we won't accept your application or be able to fund your place - so please do apply.
Meet the campaigners
I'm a music creator & youth worker currently co-ordinating a youth arts & social action project. My experience in the music industry compliments my youth work as it allows me to share first hand experience with young people and offer my guidance & support in their personal development & career aspirations. I am very passionate about supporting the journey of young aspiring artists & change makers as I understand how difficult it can be to have your voice heard. I strongly feel there are a lack of accessible facilities, resources & arts based opportunities in my local area.
Ana Clara Toledo
Hi! I'm Ana, nice to meet you :) I work in a brazilian activism lab called Nossas, dedicated to bringing people closer to politics and creating campaigns that have real impact on public policies. We have projects focused on cities, women's rights, solidarity and violence - and I work a bit in all of them! Now, I'm especially dedicated in spreading our campaigning capacity through the whole country with our capacity building programs.
I campaign around climate change and the looming ecological crisis. I am a founder member of a disabled activist group that campaigns for inclusion for all members within a national climate change organisation. We are developing support structures so that all activists can take part to the best of their abilities and we actively and radically support individuals with disabilities to become climate change activists through the formation of a disabled network that challenges the barriers that prevent disabled activists from participating.
I am a keen environmentalist who works to reduce my own carbon footprint as much as possible. I am also campaigning for the government to take the climate crisis seriously and put in measures to avoid reaching the tipping point. A particular aspect of my campaigning is around climate justice and the disparities between the global north who are polluting the most and the global south who feel the biggest consequences. I also work with young refugees as to how myself and others can best help them to integrate into our city.
Basha Wells Dion
I am passionate about challenging the stigma surrounding mental illness. I work with children and young people with lived experience to support them to tell their stories and inspire others to change their attitudes and behaviour. My personal interests include eating disorders, and issues surrounding mental health in the education system.
I’m Chloe! I've just completed my university degree, during which studying quickly became secondary to my increasing involvement in campaigning. I’m motivated by the racist and sexist violence of neoliberal, neocolonial capitalism that puts profit before people and normalises harm to those it marginalises. I fight for the right of Black and those of ethnic minority, women, disabled people, queer, trans and intersex people, to safety, care and joy. At the heart of my activism is the importance of intersectional and reflective approaches to fighting for liberation so that no one is left behind.
I am campaigner for Clean Clothes Campaign, an international network that aims to improve labour rights in the garment industry world-wide. I care deeply about human rights, social justice, and the dangers of the climate crisis. Beyond my work I am therefore also in my spare time active in campaigns for human rights in Belarus and Ukraine, with mounting concerns about the situation in Poland as well. Furthermore, I try to live my life with attention for the environment and am happy if I can contribute to political change by taking part in actions on that subject as well.
I am a 70 year old trans woman and a convert to the Catholic Church. I was married with 4 children until I transitioned from male to female at 50 years of age. In 2013 I was awarded a PhD from the University of Sheffield for my research into the effect of transitioning on the family members. I promoted trans equality in the trade union movement through the NUT. I also have 22 years secondary school teaching experience, 12 of which were as a deputy-headteacher. Currently I am working/campaigning to enable lgbt+ Catholics to engage more fully in the church, both locally and nationally.
I have been heavily involved in lots of different campaigning, but I see it all as part of the same fight. I organised a big festival of politics and culture called Bristol Transformed. I have been doing a lot of campaigning for the Labour Party, and am currently shortlisted as a councilor candidate. I am engaged in campaigning for Labour for a Green New Deal and have been meeting with environmental activists from Extinction Rebellion, Youth Strike 4 Climate and Friends of the Earth.
I am Drukthar born in Tibet, currently National Director of Students’ for Free Tibet UK. My fundamental interest and campaigning are human right and democracy for the Tibetans.
I believe individuals have the power and potential to shape a better world. I have supported 1000s of young people to do this through social action. In particular I work to ensure that young people from under-represented backgrounds have access to these opportunities, so we can transform who is tackling the most pressing issues in our society, and ensure it is those who are affected by them and understand them. I am passionate about building a diverse Social Impact sector and am currently setting up #POCIMPACT, a community that supports, connects and recognises People of Colour in the sector
I work for Time to Change; a campaign which challenges the stigma surround mental illness and aims to get people talking about mental health. I am passionate about health and inequality and believe that everyone should have access to good quality mental and physical health care in every area of the world.
Having been homeless and now work within the sector. I am trying to translate my experience into changing others perception of the person you see when walking past. My priority is to educate myself and those around me via my own experience to encourage social change but also looking at the bigger system change.
I am a member of the London Renters' Union (LRU) and one of the coordinators of our Member Solidarity working group. I am interested in organising in the varied intersections of the housing crisis, looking how to build the everyday experiences of exploitive renting into a wider politics of solidarity across London. I also keep busy organising within the Lewisham branch of the LRU, as a member of the Ivy House Union part of BAFWU, and with the IWGB at Goldsmiths University where I'm a research student looking into community wealth building, local planning and the cooperative workplace.
My name is Georgia Wiggin and I am an 18 year old student. My campaign is centred around making the world a better place for QTIPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour). Currently, I am running a Twitter and Instagram account which posts advice, news and other relevant things related to being LGBTQ+ and a person of colour. I have plans to extend into the campaign community!
My name is Holly and I am currently at university doing a Masters degree in Dramatherapy. I am passionate about changing attitudes and behaviours around mental health/illness by being involved in various projects to challenge stigmatising views. Through these projects and my work role as a Regional Coordinator for Rethink Mental Illness, I have been educating professionals (such as teachers, psychiatrists and the police) about mental health/illness and how misconceptions around mental health problems can affect people lives, especially with people who they support in their profession.
I am a scientist. On 2014, I decided to use my scientific experience in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights in my home country, Egypt, and succeed over the years to produce valuable statistics and reports about that in Arabic and English. Right now I am trying to relaunch my activism from here, UK, in order to support my community back home.
I'm Jess a 29 year old disabled student at Durham University, who campaigns for disability rights and student rights more generally. I'm Vice President of Durham's Students with Disabilities Association, and after experiencing first hand the discrimination and the lack of equality disabled students face, I have spent my time at University campaigning to improve the treatment of and facilities for disabled students, so that current and future students get the experience they are both legally entitled to and deserve.
I am a disability studies researcher and activist. Active member of the grass-root movement of disabled women in Poland and beyond. Co-founder of the first Polish NGO run by and for women with disabilities. I co-create Humanity in Action Poland - an award winning human rights educational organization. PhD dual candidate at the Polish Academy of Sciences and Lancaster University researching feminist disability movement.
I’m an international relations student (doing my bachelor’s degree this summer #fingerscrossed) and I study law too. My passion for knowledge is as strong as my need for social commitment. That’s why despite many responsibilities I decided to join my organization, Akcja Demokraja – first as a volunteer and later as a worker. I’m mostly interested in politics, which I believe is possible to be fair. It is actually need for fairness and inter-human solidarity that keep me busy. If I am able to help other to struggle or hart less, and I have more possibilities to do so, why shouldn’t I?
I am an LGBTQ+, intersectionality and inclusivity activist, currently focusing on swimming and leisure pools as a centre for communities, and how to make swimming - and leisure centres - an inclusive space for all.
Pam Saeng Athit
As an activist for political freedom in my native Thailand, I was a political dissident and a student critic of the junta regime. Because of this I was mistreated, jailed and persecuted. I am now an activist in exile and has been living in the UK with refugee status since 2016. I am now working as a campaign volunteer officer at Student Action for Refugees (STAR) to support and improve the welcome people from refugee backgrounds receive in the UK. At STAR, we have 4 mains campaigns, which are Lift The Ban, Family Reunion, These Walls must Fall and Equal Access.
My name is Rain, I'm 21 and I'm a non-binary intersectional activist. Growing up queer I have either lived or seen first hand the treament of queer and trans folks in regards to discriminations, homelessness and housing, work (including sex work), education, healthcare, law and criminalisation, sports, the media - to only name a few- and have actively tried for the past 6 years to do my best to improve these conditions and support my community both in France and England. I also work to dismantles the taboos surrounding safe sex, pleasure and non-heteronormative types of relationships.
I work in the creative sector in Dundee and do bits of freelance filmmaking and writing here and there. I'm originally from Brazil, now dual Scottish citizen, and care deeply about the treatment of immigrants and refugees. I've been volunteering with a Scottish organisation visiting Immigration Detention Centres and supporting the people in there. I've also been attempting to develop ways to campaign against immigration detention in a Scottish context.
My name is Shahd. I did my master degree in Gender and International Development at University of Warwick. My deep commitment to justice in its various forms drives my campaigning work. At the moment، I am working on a digital-based initiative "Maps for Syria" which is governed by the principle: property and housing rights are human rights. The initiative seeks to document Syrian refugees' rights to their houses that at risk of confiscation by the Syrian government.The initiative heavily relies on different forms of campaigning to highlight the timely importance of this particular issue.
I am a passionate campaigner, activist for Gypsy Roma and Traveller rights. I am project manager at a charity in Hertfordshire. I work mainly around hate crime and equality for Travellers. I have just finished my BA at Goldsmiths in community development, social science and youth work. I am proud mum to two strong, gentle, kind teenage girls. My greatest achievement.
I'm a survivor activist and dramatherapist, passionate about creating spaces for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to speak out, support each other, and engage in activism. Finding a community of survivors has changed my life, and in my projects and with my PhD research I aim to make this possible for other survivors, especially at a younger age, so that they can know they are not alone. I believe as a society we have a responsibility to ensure that survivors of sexual violence have support and better access to education, healthcare, and full participation in society.
I’m Tara, I am in the process of setting up a social enterprise, the Nova Foundation, to provide therapeutic support to babyloss parents. Nova is set up in memory of my son Buddy. I am campaigning for better anxiety and trauma support to babyloss parents, and parent who experience birth trauma.
I am a social sciences student, passionate about working towards an abolitionist future. I am particularly interested in campaigning with a focus on how the experiences of women, queer people and those with mental ill health are compounded by the criminal punishment system. I am also the co-president of the King's College London Intersectional Feminist Society and volunteer as an Appropriate Adult.
I campaigning for counselling and psychotherapy training courses to 'embody' race and racism issues it their training rather than include them as a one of weekend module on equality and diversity which often covers all inequalities. I'd argue that all inequalities need to be embodied in the structure of courses.
I’m most involved in Extinction Rebellion North East but also a member of the Labour Party, Friends of the Earth and Stand Up To Racism. I campaign for social justice and climate justice and believe that the two go hand in hand. Extinction Rebellion has given me the confidence to tell the truth about the climate and ecological breakdown and take part in non-violent direct action. I grew up in the North East and have a degree in Geography from Royal Holloway University of London.
I am a Black Muslim Poet, Student and Writer. I study Politics and Development Studies and identify as as a Feminist and social justice activist. I campaign for Memorial 2007; a charity organisation seeking to erect the first national memorial commemorating the victims of the Transatlantic slave trade in Britain. I am passionate about learning as I am a firm believer in knowledge is power.
I have seen first hand how mental health stigma can destroy a person and thier family. I want to make sure that through my work and campaigning people learn the importance and severity of mental health issues. We need to work together to heal, live and grow no matter what we go through.
I am a young, visibly Muslim woman, primarily involved in organising and mobilising around Palestine. After having faced heavy repercussions for my work as a student activist due to my identity, I’ve begun developing campaigns to challenge anti-Muslim sentiment and the surveillance of Muslim students.
I am 20 years old and live in rural Dorset. I have grown up with someone who has a learning disability and have seen firsthand the difficulties people face. I work for a charity called People First Dorset which helps adults with learning disabilities to be part of the community and have their voices heard. I started as a volunteer in 2017, and in January 2019 I began working full time for them. We campaign through a number of ways, our most recent was by making a music video which showed the barriers people with learning disabilities face, called "I can't get to you".
Meet the 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.
Carys is executive director of feminist campaign group Level Up. Carys joined Level Up from SumOfUs, where she was global Communications Director. Carys is a former Head of Communications at the New Economics Foundation and a former adviser to Labour MP Lisa Nandy. She co-founded istreetwatch.co.uk to track the rise racist and xenophobic street harassment in the wake of the EU referendum. Carys was recently named one of InStyle magazine’s Future 15.
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
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.
Here is the team that will support small group reflection and real life scenario practice at Bootcamp:
Grace has been working as an activist, advocate and educator for a decade, with a background in mental health, disability and youth rights. She has held positions with multiple mental health organisations and movements. Grace’s activism focusses mainly on tackling the social determinants of poor mental health, seeing mental health as something that is cultural, political and social, not just medical. Graduating from Bootcamp 10, Grace is passionate about ensuring that activism is accessible to everyone. When she isn’t campaigning you can find her painting and looking after plants.
Joshua is an artist, writer and political organiser whose work intersects across political struggles. He has been involved in various movements including Occupy and Black Lives Matter. Joshua has spent time studying and travelling abroad to learn and understand more about radical political traditions, for example in Balochistan, Kurdistan and Mauritius where his family hails from. He uses writing, film, music and direct action to educate, agitate and organise toward social change. Joshua is an experienced facilitator and this will be his fifth time facilitating at Bootcamp.
Karen is a trainer, facilitator and consultant, previously working at the NUS as a Campaigns Assistant and Rethink Mental Illness on the Time to Change campaign. She founded POC In Nature, a space for people of colour to explore the healing power of nature, and is Co-Founder of support group Black Woman Heal United Kingdom, for women of African descent. Karen is a lay member of Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and is interested in activist self-care, healing justice, alternative spiritualities, and intersectional, trauma-informed approaches to mental health.
Brought to organising through the climate justice movement, Rowan has worked with activist legal support organisation Green and Black Cross for many years. They built that legal knowledge into Sisters Uncut to help the fight against cuts to domestic violence services, and now help coordinate a network of campaigners against one of the world's biggest arms fairs. They love tea and making comics.
Meet the operations staff for Bootcamp:
Here is the team that will be making things run smoothly behind the scenes:
Jade has worked for a range of organisations including The Challenge, O2 Think Big and most recently as a Programme Manager for London Football Journeys, where she managed the young women and girls programme that promotes gender equality in football. Prior to this she spent six months volunteering in Kenya and Cambodia, mentoring entrepreneurs to start their own business and supporting young children in rural communities. Jade is passionate about LGBT rights and social integration and enjoys organising music events in her spare time to raise awareness for various causes.
Sophie Yates Lu
Prior to joining Campaign Bootcamp, Sophie worked at Positive Money in Campaigns and Fundraising. Sophie has a background is in team management, operations, and events, gained in the corporate sector before leaving to work in not-for-profit sector. A keen feminist campaigner, she has also worked with 38 Degrees, is a Survivor Ambassador for Refuge, and has sat on an advisory panel for Women's Aid. She has also organised a number of free non-profit community events in London, including an intersectional feminist festival.
Bailey is a Campaign Bootcamp 14 grad, arts assessor and creative programmer who has supported queer and trans communities in cities such as Seattle, Toronto and London. At the root of Bailey's work lies campaigning and activism for social equity through three themes: programming and evaluation, art activism and mentorship, education and inclusion. Prior to Campaign Bootcamp Bailey worked with the Arts Council England, Roundhouse, Girls Rock Toronto and Three Dollar Bill Cinema.
Head of UK Programmes
Tara Mack is the former Director of the Education for Liberation Network, a national education justice network in the US. She helped start the organisation, developing it from an informal listserv of a few hundred people to a national network that connected more than 2,000 through convenings, publications, social media and resource exchanges. Before becoming director, she organised arts and media projects for low-income teens in New York and London. Tara works across programmes.
TestimonialsDon't take our word for it! Hear what our graduates have to say about their Bootcamp experience.
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
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
I found everything excellent...Great training will definitely help me and my organisation...I found all the trainees and facilities very well experienced and knowledgeable. They are friendly and quite nice. I am lucky to take part in this training.
Migrants rights, Newcastle
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
I love the all-inclusive nature of Campaign Bootcamp, the trainers, management was great and were ready to help at all time.
Veecca Smith Uka
Housing rights, Halifax
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
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 16 is 9am BST on Tuesday 30th April 2019.
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 – £600,000 £1,650
Under £200,000 £550 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 16, 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?
The Bootcamps for 2019 will take place at 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 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.
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!