2014 Greenpeace Direct Action Camp Application



The 2014 Greenpeace Direct Action Camp will be held in the Phoenix, AZ area from March 23 - 28, 2014.

We will be accepting applications for the camp until Janaury 31, 2014. Initial acceptances will be sent out by February 6, 2013.

General Overview

This will be a 6 day camp with travel days on either side. Applicants must be able to commit to attend the entire time. While the camp is free and all food, lodging, and training are provided at no cost, you will be responsible for your own travel costs. Limited travel stipends will be available for people who need support in order to attend camp. Before applying, please make sure that you will be able to arrive no later than the evening of March 22 and depart no earlier than the morning of the 29th.

Skills offered

There will be 6 skill sets trained at the camp:

  • Arts in Action: participants in this track will learn the essential skills to make and use banners, silk screens, props, posters, graphics, puppets and a variety of other tools to produce effective high quality images for use in direct action, street theater, marches, protests, etc.

  • Climbing: participants in the climb track will develop climbing skills that meet high standards of safety and are also accessible and affordable for people to use and develop after camp.  Participants will learn to work comfortably and safely at height and will develop a good sense of how a skill like climbing can be of great use in campaigns that utilize direct action.

  • Boat Driving: participants in this track will learn basic seamanship, boat handling and crewing, and maintenance. Participants will develop a good sense of how boat driving and watercraft can be effectively utilized in direct action campaigns.

  • Blockades: participants in this track will learn essential skills for occupying space using technical tools and their own bodies with a focus on developing skills that will be useful in their broader activist communities.

  • Research: let's build an activist research network! In the research track we'll focus on strategic thinking and investigative skills. You'll build a toolbox of useful research tactics that can be used to expose and counter front groups like ALEC and other forms of corporate dominance, making smart FOIA requests, deconstructing corporate financials, tracing the supply chain, and action scouting.

  • Air Division: Greenpeace integrates thermal aircraft into our campaign work. In the aviation track participants will work with the Greenpeace hot air balloon and/or thermal airship and learn about ground handling, flight operations, weather theory, aviation law, and more. Come prepared for early mornings, some heavy lifting, and the sheer excitement that comes with flying these gentle giants.  As these tools are not easily accessible, this track is recommended for people who have an interest in continuing to work with Greenpeace in this area or who have a strong affinity for thermal airships.

There will also be workshops on non-violent philosophy and other action skills (TBD).

In filling out the application, please indicate which of the 6 main areas of focus (arts, climbing, boating, blockades, research, air-division) you are most interested in. Spaces are limited in each of the tracks and we cannot guarantee that everyone will be placed into their first choice. For this reason, please make sure that you would be happy with any of your choices. If you plan on attending with friends from your region, it is recommended that you split up between tracks to maximize information gathering.


Food at camp will be vegan and vegetarian. All meals will be nutritionally balanced and will fulfill any dietary needs.


This will be a kid friendly camp.  Families are encouraged to apply.


We cannot allow dogs or other animal companions at this camp (service animals excepted).


All participants will be assigned a bunk in a group cabin. Participants who would rather camp in a tent are welcome to do so and there will be a limited amount of camping gear available to borrow from Greenpeace. There will be running water, bathrooms, and showers. Staff will be on hand to offer help and advice for any first time or infrequent campers.

Program Goals

One goal of the Greenpeace training program is to spread skills in a variety of direct action techniques throughout the activist world with the idea that the more skilled and experienced activists there are in our shared movements, the better for all. We recognize the fact that most, if not all, meaningful social movements throughout history have been conceived, organized, and orchestrated from the ground up by front-line communities. We also see how the environmental activist movement has often failed to be inclusive and supportive of these very same communities. As a larger, well resourced activist organization, Greenpeace would like to be a part of changing this dynamic by supporting all communities through offering direct action skills trainings, resource development, and bringing different activist communities together by creating a safe and inclusive space for skill sharing and learning.

To that end, we will prioritize outreach to people in marginalized, underrepresented, and front-line communities. People of color, women, especially women of color, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming individuals, and those with limited financial resources are all highly encouraged to apply.

I went to camp before, can I come again?

Participants of past Greenpeace Action Camps will not be accepted; however there are limited volunteer positions available.

My questions aren't addressed here

Please feel free to direct any questions or volunteer inquiries to melissa.oneil@greenpeace.org


It is our intention that this camp have, in addition to technical trainings, a strong focus on anti-oppression work as well as training and working across difference. To this end there will be deliberate blocks of time set aside in the camp program for camp staff, trainers, and participants to recognize not only what dynamics bring us together but also to analyze and strategize ways to overcome the dynamics that keep us apart. This can and will take the form of large group workshops as well as breakouts, caucauses, and small discussions. If you are unfamiliar with the ideas of anti-oppression and/or intersectionality, please take some time to look at this document.  If this use of camp time and space doesn't seem worthwhile, then this will not be a useful camp for you to attend.

*Name, Adress, Email


*Age (At this time we are unable to accept applicants under 18 years of age)

Which, if any, do you identify as? Please check all that apply. (optional)
Non gender conforming
Bi sexual

The above list is by no means complete. If you don't see yourself there feel free to enter something here.

Which, if any, do you identify as? (optional)
Multi Racial
Black/ African American
Latino/ Latina
Asian/ Pacific Islander
Indigenous/ First Nation/ Native American
White/ Caucasian

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*Did you apply for the 2012 or 2013 Greenpeace Action Camp?
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*Did you attend the 2012 or 2013 Greenpeace Action Camp?
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*Are you currently employed by Greenpeace?
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*How did you hear about this camp?

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*Why are you interested in attending this camp?
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*Please write a bit about your experience with nonviolent direct action.
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*Why is it important that we work to understand the dynamics of privilege and oppression as they manifest and play out in activist circles?
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*Please write a bit about your expectations for this camp. What do you want to get out of it? What do you intend to do with the skills you learn?
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*Please select the area of training that most interests you. We cannot guarantee your 1st choice, so please rank your preferences using the questions below.

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*Fourth choice

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There are a limited number of need-based travel stipends available.  Travel stipends are intended for participants who will not be able to attend camp without some support. Please be mindful of this when applying for stipends.

*It is our intention that action camp 2014 be a safe and inclusive space for all participants. Please tell us what that space would look like to you and offer any suggestions as to how we might help make that vision a reality.
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*Please provide 3 references and contact information - references from the activist community are encouraged but not required.
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