What is Campaign Bootcamp?
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. Bootcamp starts with a week-long residential training, which is followed by a year of mentoring, further training and community support.
It isn’t like your average training. It’s a fun, immersive, interactive experience where you get to try everything you’re learning. Bootcamp is designed to give you the skills, community and confidence you need to run powerful campaigns.
Watch this video to find out more about Bootcamp:
What will you learn at Campaign Bootcamp?
We’ve designed the Bootcamp syllabus to give you the key skills you need to succeed. Over the year you’ll have the chance to develop your skills in these five areas:
Strategy: How you plan a powerful campaign
Tactics: What you'll do to achieve your campaign goals
Power analysis: Where power lies and how you can use that in your campaign
Digital tools - Finding and using tools to take your campaign online
Storytelling - How you can tell a story that empowers people to take action
Recruiting members - How to get people involved with your campaign
Media - How to get your campaign in the media
Email & social media - How to communicate online
Who trains at Campaign Bootcamp?
We spend lots of time finding fantastic campaigners who share what they have learnt with the group. Trainers come from a range of fields and backgrounds and are all focussed on helping you nurture your campaigns.
We have different trainers for each bootcamp to keep the syllabus up to date, but here are some people who have trained for us in the past:
Faiza Shaheen is an economist, writer, activist and commentator and is the Director of Class. Previously, she has worked as Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children UK and Senior Researcher on economic inequality at the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Born and raised in East London, Faiza is a regular contributor to debates on popular news programmes including Newsnight and Channel 4 News, and has worked with Channel 4 and the BBC to develop documentaries on inequality.
Lola is a software engineer and poet; Nigerian-born, British-raised, she has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion, having started her own organisation that aims to encourage more black women and girls to get into technology. She runs a podcast and blog, as well as workshops and meet-ups. She has also published two poetry pamphlets and was awarded the Poetry Book Society's Autumn Pamphlet Choice.
Sami is a non-binary punk based in London; a digital fundraiser by day and an organiser and workshop facilitator by night, who's worked with Edge Fund and other grassroots funding orgs; a passionate science nerd; a lover of 90s teen coming of age films.
Hanna is a Campaign Manager at SumOfUs.org. Before joining SumOfUs, she chased UN conferences around the world as part of the youth climate movement, founded the East London Green Jobs Alliance, was Co-Director at The Otesha Project UK, got an MSc in Climate Change & Policy, and worked on crowdfunded solar energy campaigns for 10:10. She is also an experienced trainer in anti-oppression and environmental justice. When she’s not at her laptop, Hanna likes biking, baking, and yoga-ing.
Kash, is the son of two immigrants (father from India and mother from Kenya). He grew up in Goa, India but has spent most of his life in London. He works full time as a digital campaigner for Greenpeace. Before that, he was really active in the international development movement and the student movement, where he discovered he quite liked changing the world. When Kash isn't at work he loves jumping up and down at gigs and staring lovingly at his vinyl collection.
I am passionate about campaigning and mental health. I have lived experience of mental health problems and know how important it is to look after my mental wellbeing. At university I campaigned to increase awareness and support available for students with mental health problems, and was named Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Education. I have just started working at Mind and I am proud to be helping to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding at a national level.
Don't take our word for it!
Check out what some of the community has to say about their experiences on Campaign Bootcamp below:
Who comes on Campaign Bootcamp?
We want to strengthen and energise the movements that are going to change the world. Bootcamp is for anyone dreaming of building a fairer, greener or better society. To give you more of an idea here's a few recent graduates:
I'm a no borders campaigner living in Glasgow, volunteering at the Unity Centre and part of the core collective of We Will Rise. Currently undergoing through the immigration system. I'm also studying photography and will like to specialise on photojournalism.
Etzali received a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Open Society Foundation.
I'm a campaigner from Yorkshire that's passionate about fighting abuse and sexual violence against disabled people. As a disabled survivor myself, I have recently co-founded Disabled Survivors Unite with three other young disability rights campaigners.
Ashley received a scholarship for disabled campaigners from Campaign Bootcamp's general scholarship fund
I am a higher education campaigner from London. I am passionate about encouraging universities and the government to removing the barriers to education faced by young people, particularly those of migrant backgrounds.
Kim received a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
I'm a trade union activist in London working in hospitality trying to improve conditions at work. The issues I give the most attention to revolve around housing, policing, gendered and racial oppression, as well as workplace activism. I try to include all of these kinds of activism in my workplace, as I feel the most effective approach to building working class and migrant based power is one that recognises how each issue affects the other.
Nilufer received a Scholarship for Campaigners challenging Corporate Power funded by SumOfUs
I'm an environmental and trans rights activist based in the North of England. I'm passionate about highlighting and understanding the intersections between climate and queerness. During the day, I study horticulture and run a business training organisations in transgender awareness and inclusion. In my spare hours, I facilitate the trans body positivity art project 'You Look Nice', volunteer with Leeds Tidal and work on campaigns resisting fracking in West and North Yorkshire.
Emma received a Scholarship for Environmental Campaigners funded by Greenpeace Environmental Trust
I have been involved in raising awareness about the similarities that exist between the different faith groups within the city of Bradford for over 20 years. Through the vehicle of the Bradford Concord Interfaith Society, regular meetings, talks and discussions are held. There is opportunity for the various faith communities (including those of no religion) to provide an open dialogue / debate in order to promote understanding and co-operation.
Rasmik received a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London
I am a sports campaigner who campaigns to change the perception of muslim women in sport and create an even playing field for women of all faiths and backgrounds.
Asma received a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London
I am incredibly passionate about the arts, their ability to affect change and the role they can play in campaigning. I am the artistic director of Populace, a theatre company of politics and optimism, a Changemaker with the Advocacy Academy and an ambassador of Great Men. I spend a lot of time working with young people around social justice, in particular issues to do with LGBTQI and gender.
Tom received a Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in the capital
I am a youth and human rights advocate from the midlands. I help to influence law and policy on young people through campaigning and participation in political conferences to make the experiences of youth in the UK better. I am currently campaigning for schools to teach young people basic laws, politics and rights as a part of national curriculum as our youth are not fully aware of their entitlements as British citizens e.g. how to vote, police powers etc and this is becoming an issue.
Sabie received a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.
Costs and Scholarships
It costs £3500 to attend Bootcamp, which covers all the costs - all the money we receive goes back into making Bootcamp possible and as good as it can be; we don't make a profit.
However, we know that most activists can't pay this and we therefore offer scholarships for those who can't afford the training.
There are two types of place at Bootcamp:
The SCHOLARSHIPS available at the moment are:
Thanks to the commitment of the Campaign Bootcamp community, we have scholarships for women* tackling inequality and injustice
A scholarship for those working for/volunteering with medium sized NGOs. Care2 will subsidise your spot on Bootcamp and offer you a special support session to help evaluate your plans to reach new supporters.
For campaigners of colour / BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) campaigners. There are also BME scholarships set out specifically for UK campaigners based outside of London
This is a broad scholarship that can go to campaigners of colour / BME campaigners, disabled campaigners, feminist campaigners, campaigners from socially deprived areas, refugees, working class campaigners, LGBTQ campaigners or campaigners working on mental health issues
For activists from Syria, Lebanon or Palestine
For international development activists from Germany
A scholarship for people who want to fight back against racism and/or xenophobia, made possible by the team at The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
*We have a trans inclusive definition of 'women', so when we use 'women' we mean transgender, intersex and cisgender women.