Campus Camp Wellstone is a 1.5 day training program held on college and university campuses around the country. Our program is non-partisan, and welcomes both seasoned activists and those who are completely new to progressive activism.
We focus on very concrete skills, like the nitty-gritty of campaign planning, grassroots organizing, and message development. We also teach students how to successfully recruit and retain volunteers and develop new leadership.
Campus Camp Wellstone is both serious and exciting-serious because you'll walk away with skills and tools for real-world campaigns, and exciting because it's interactive & exercise-based, vibrant, and led by young trainers. Our trainers are leaders in community organizing, labor, and non-profit organizations.
Camps are usually co-hosted by a mixture of student groups, student government and academic departments, and each has between 40-60 participants.
Students in Campus Camps learn:
- The Wellstone philosophy of community and electoral politics
- Understanding power
- Power Mapping & Strategic campaign planning
- How to move a message
- How to work with the media (creative and traditional strategies)
- Motivating and mobilizing people for action
- Building relationships for long-term organizing
- Recruiting and retaining volunteers/members
- Leadership development
We teach our curriculum through a case study campaign, allowing students to apply the skills as they learn, as well as incorporate current issues on campuses into examples & exercises.