GSA Activist Camps serve middle and high school students in Northern California, Southern California, and the Central Valley.
GSA Activist Camps are 3 days long and feature intensive community building, skill-building, political education and leadership training for current and potential GSA members.
Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds and learn how to:
NorCal Activist Camp: July 11-13 @ Marin Headlands Institute
SoCal Activist Camp: July 18-20 @ University of Southern California (USC)
Central Valley Activist Camp: July 25-27 @ California State University Fresno (CSUF)
To attend Activist Camp, students must apply and be accepted.
GSA Network will review applications, and will notify applicants about whether they are accepted, waitlisted, or ineligible. All decisions will be made by 1 month prior to each camp; however, waitlisted applicants may be contacted after that if a slot opens.
Who should apply?
Fee: $0-$200, pay what you can/sliding scale
GSA Network strives to make all programs available and accessible to all youth. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Upon acceptance, you will be able to submit a check in the amount you can pay. If you are unable to pay, no questions will be asked.
GSA participants from all over California attended 2011 Activist Camps in Los Angeles and San Francisco and had a BLAST learning about activism and organizing their GSAs! To learn more about each camp, you can read our GSA Network blogs:
Photos from SoCal/Central Valley Camp 2012 at USC:
Photos from NorCal/Central Valley Camp 2011:
"Because of what I learned at Activist Camp, I am going to work to ensure that harassment laws are enforced at my school by pointing out when they aren't. I am also going to teach my GSA about the gender spectrum." -- 2011 NorCal/Central Valley Participant
"It was incredibly interesting ot learn that ALL activism is connected because oppressions are all connected. In order to find and make change we need to support each other. These concepts have made me a determined activist who is ready to change the world!" -- 2011 NorCal/Central Valley Participant
"The discussions I had at Activist Camp were very enlightening for me. Through discussions and activities, I was able to see my privilege and grow as an activist. In the future, I will work to defeat all oppression."
-- 2011 NorCal/Central Valley Participant