May 1, 2014
By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer
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When you were a young teen, let’s say about 13-years old, did you have that moment when you suddenly noticed all the awful things happening in the world around you? War, poverty, pollution, suffering. Were you disappointed that the adults in your life hadn’t managed to end such obvious horrors? Did your idealism fuel a life of activism or did it overwhelm you?
If only there had been a get-away for teens like you who wanted to change the world but did not know how to begin. And wouldn't it have been great if that get-away served vegan pizza specially made by a professional chef and vegan ice cream?
If only Youth Empowered Action camp had existed when I was a teenager. YEA camp “is a life-changing week-long overnight camp for youth aged 12-17 who want to make the world a better place.” Camp leaders fuel the idealism and optimism of youth and teach them how to work toward changing what’s wrong in the world while avoiding burn out.
A diverse range of staff members with teaching credentials, music and art talents, travel and cultural experiences share their expertise during jam-packed days full of good food, fun activities, and serious workshops designed to give kids the tools they need to harness their passion, take action, maintain their idealism, and make the world a better place.
Workshops include everything from arts activism and nonviolent communication, to foundational skills like fundraising and time management. “YEA Camp is designed so that each and every camper develops the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take effective, inspired action on the issues that matter most to them.”
About 50% of campers earn some form of scholarship, so interested kids should definitely apply. Laura the assistant director of the Oregon chapter says, “We have never turned away a camper for financial reasons. If a teen really wants to come to our camp, we will make it happen!”
“I wish I got a dollar for every time I heard ‘I wish something like this existed when I was a kid!’” Laura says, and I certainly feel this way! However, if you’re like me and have surpassed the age range by a few years or more, the next best thing is to get any 12-17-year-old you know signed up for the July 5-12 camp in Oregon at Camp Adams in Molalla.
You’ll feel inspired just reading about the camp! Be sure to check out the sample daily schedule and the menu, too!