Save the date for the CLDC’s 4th annual Next Generation Justice Action Camp!

This summer, the Civil Liberties Defense Center is hosting the fourth annual action camp for young people ages 14-18 to gain knowledge and skills to organize for climate justice. The camp will include a youth led public event focused on a climate justice campaign.

The camp will be from Sunday July 9th-15th, 2017. People should plan on being at the campsite by 2pm on Sunday, July 9th and depart by 10am July 15th.

The camp is being held at a new location, Camp Latgawa which is 1 hr east of Medford.

The Camp registration fee is $150.00, but no one will be turned away if they can’t afford the fee. We have full and partial scholarships to cover the registration cost and we even try to provide transportation to everyone who needs it.

Register Here (Register even if you are applying for a scholarship)

Want to help fund the camp? Or pay for the scholarship so a teen can attend for free? You can make a donation here!

What is the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp?

NGCJAC-woods-2The Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (NGCJAC) is a seven day action camp to empower youth around the state of Oregon and northern California by providing age-appropriate training and mentoring. The workshops, trainings, and activities will provide a group of approximately 50 young activists between the ages of 14 and 18 with the tools and underlying information that they need in order to engage in systemic climate justice and/or social justice organizing. Teens will come together to form alliances, learn from experienced mentors and frontline organizers, have fun and gain skills in an old growth forest setting.

Who should attend?NGCJAC-training

This camp is for teens ages 14-18 who are interested in social and environmental issues and want to gain hands on skills. The camp will provide information on social movement history, climate justice campaigns, how to plan and run a campaign, non-violent protest planning, media and outreach skills, arts and protest, cultural sensitivity trainings, as well as know-your-rights trainings. The camp will also provide outdoor fun, such as swimming, time for sports, hiking through an old growth forest, games, team building and so much more! Camp Latgawa has volleyball courts, basketball courts, swimming holes, and natural waterfall and nearby lakes. There are cabins to sleep in and an industrial kitchen facility.


Why is this important?

The quickening climate disaster is intensifying the need for unified action and diverse partnerships more than ever before. Our present generation must be ready to confront this global crisis that connects the environment, economy, energy and social justice. Youth aren’t learning about these issues in schools, and they are not being trained on how to stand up for what they believe in. Without these lessons, our young generation is missing an important foundation on which to base their participation in society. Throughout the week of camp, the youth will be planning a public event on a campaign of their choosing, and carrying out their plan at the end of the week. It is a great opportunity for them to practice using their skills and to build a community of activists their own age.

What skills and workshops will be offered?Teens marching in protest

Right now we will be offering trainings on campaign organizing, media skills, demonstration planning, know your rights trainings, art for activism, drumming for demonstrations, intersectionality, cultural sensitivity and more! We are still working on content, if you have of specific trainings you would like to see, or if you have any skills to share, let us know!

How do I get there?

NGCJAC-vanCarpool of course! We will be organizing vans from Portland, Eugene, Southern Oregon, Northern California and other areas as needed. You are also welcome to drop a camper off at Camp Latgawa.

Check out what happened at the 2015 camp!

Recap from the 2015 camp with videos and photos can found here: Youth Rise Up to Address Climate Change

Video of Activist speech at Vogel Plaza…

Here is the video from the Office occupation Pacific Connector

What do I need to bring?

Below is a suggested packing list, if you don’t have some of the items, contact us and we can try to find extras!

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Blank shirt for screen printing
  • Notebook and pen
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Your toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush)
  • Any medications you need
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Clothes for hot weather including swimsuit
  • Warm non-cotton clothing layers (fleece/wool)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Any snacks or comfort food you like

Optional items

  • Camping chairs
  • Musical instruments
  • Frisbee, Hackysack, Football, Soccer Ball or Volleyball
  • Camera (make sure to ask permission before taking pictures of people!)

Do not bring

  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Pets (service animals permitted)
  • Anything of value (we are not responsible for lost or stolen items)
Further Questions please call or email us,, 541-687-9180

Camp Sponsors and Partners

We are extremely grateful to the business, foundations, and other organizations who are helping to make the 2016 camp a huge success! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the camp please contact us at



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