camp common ground:
A summer camp that brings racially and economically diverse middle schoolers together. We equip them with the leadership, social-emotional, and cultural competencies that they’ll use to develop meaningful relationships with each other. And we have so much fun!
Once admitted, youth embark on a 2+ year leadership journey. After the 2 week overnight camp, they return to school with a plan to include those who are excluded because of their identities. We have 4 reunions during the year on weekends to support their implementation of these “plans for disruption.” Then, they return for a second summer and mentor in a new group of Commoners!
to invest in the power
of a childhood friend
who can change the way
you see the world.
Camper Interviews from summer 2019:
‘it’s like my second home’
Our "Commoners" share about their experience over those 12 nights — the skills they learned, and how we became a family.
photos from summer 2019:
from the gaga pit to the archery range
Click below to see more Photos and Videos from Summer 2019.
Dear supporters — thank you for helping to make this summer possible for our 30 young leaders.
Dear commoners — we miss you, we love you, and we will see you soon
day-to-day camp clips for Summer 2018:
“Stepping up” to the plate!
See our video below to get a sense of what happens day-to-day at camp, from swimming to responding to feedback.
Help us fight hate, and build bridges.
We are changing the climate of middle schools in the Bay Area to be more inclusive, no matter what identity you may have.
The world doesn’t just get better on its own. It takes effort and resources. let’s do this!
Watch the video from our event:
a path to school desegregation in Oakland:
This event featured:
An introduction from Camp Common Ground Directors, Ron and Zach, about the state of segregation in Oakland.
Panel discussion with community leaders and policy makers, such as Oakland City Council Member Abel Guillen, Oakland Unified School Board Member and Vice President Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, and Principal of Gateway Middle School Aaron Watson
Want to learn more?
Get some recent context on the issue of school segregation in Oakland with the 2018 article by SF Gate, Maps show the segregation within Bay Area school districts, which references Vox's report on school segregation across the country. You can also read more of educational articles in our Learn With Us blog.
A special thank you to our funding partners…
Each of you helped send at least one camper ($1,000+) to camp, and some of you, much more. Thank you for helping to grow our Common Ground Community — you are in it too! Click on the pictures to learn more about these awesome organizations!
why we do this
learn with us
Come to events
Sign up for our newsletter below...
Sign up to learn more
Camp Common Ground—Oakland is fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund, an organization with 501(c)(3) status.
All donations are tax deductible.