As a culminating project, our “Year 2” (returning) campers planned a reunion using a variety of inclusive and efficient group decision making processes that they learned during their second summer. They observed the “Year 1” campers and determined a list of social norms they wanted to disrupt, because they divided or excluded people (e.g. the boys tend to sit with the boys and the girls sit with the girls). Finally, they designed programming specifically aimed to address those social norms. There will be capture the flag, “Commoner Feud,” and lots of disrupting of divisive social norms!
For two weeks (12 nights), 40 rising 7th-9th graders from a diverse set of schools will sleep in cabins, swim in the pool, hike through the redwoods, navigate the low-ropes course, learn archery, play 'gaga' and field games, perform skits, and gather around the fire pit. At Camp Common Ground, we will also do simulations and games to experientially learn about what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes. It’s going to be a ton of fun, and an experience we will always remember.
Campers reunite and follow up on their work in implementing their plans for disruption, to include an individual or group at their school who has been excluded because of their identity.
Year 2 campers have planned 3+ hours of programming to address social norms they observed at camp, which they felt had excluded or divided individuals based on their identities. It’s gonna be great!
CCG is hosting a roundtable with folks from the Oakland school board, city council, and other policy and school leaders to discuss why Bay Area schools are still segregated and what we can do about it.
We'll have a table and be shmoozing it up. If you have friends in Marin or San Rafael, encourage them to come talk to us as they make their summer plans!
Date & Time:
Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 10:01am - 1:00pm (free pizza lunch!)
As the fair will be held inside, we'll be there rain or shine
Dominican University of California, Conlan Center gymnasium (1475 Grand Ave San Rafael, CA 94901)
See the website for more information: http://www.marincampfair.com/
At our first leadership retreat, campers reunited at LIFE academy, played sports, practiced their listening skills, and revised their plans for disruption.
Our amazing staff member Melvin (and his daughter Rose) were part of the action, and we're proud to say that three of our outstanding board members — Amy, Kyle, and Tiffany — volunteered as facilitators as well.
Join us for a Spring pop-up market at Barebottle Brewery — a percentage of proceeds go to Camp Common Ground!
The Good Craft is a pop-up market showcasing the work of an evolving group of local artists from the Bay Area. They encourage and empower new and talented artists to show their work in a lively, fun, and collaborative environment.
The Good Craft also donates a portion of proceeds to a rotating local non profit. On April 23, that organization is Camp Common Ground! A percentage of proceeds from the event goes directly towards our scholarship fund. To learn more about how to support your community through local arts and social justice go to thegoodcraft.com.
20+ Local artists, beer, and food trucks will be featured!
Oakland Abode: oaklandabode.com
April May Jewelry: Aprilmayjewelryco.com
Rad Naturals / Bathing Culture: radnaturals.com
Metal Bits of Beauty: MetalBitsOfBeauty.Etsy.com
Little by Little: littlebylittleshop.com
Jenny Lemons: jennylemons.com
Sophie Tivona Illustration: sophietivona.com
Conor Farese Pottery: conorfarese.com/clay
The Laundromat: etsy.com/shop/moapp
Truss and Ore: trussandore.com
Alexandra Barao Ceramics: alexandrabarao.com
Nuanced Design: etsy.com/shop/nuanceddesign
Slate & Stone Jewelry: slateandstonejewelry.com
Art Dawgs: artdawgs.bigcartel.com
Beth Gabow Pottery: bethgabow.com
Shapes & Colors Textiles: shapes-colors.com
Em Kettner: emkettner.com
CanDid Art Accessories: candidartaccessories.com
Bespoke Watch Projects: bespokewatchprojects.com
Sensory Revolution: http://www.sensoryrevolution.com/
Stone Everett: www.stoneeverett.com
Camp Common Ground closes out its month-long fundraiser at Somar Bar in Downtown Oakland. Join us for a night of drinks, music, and great company in an effort to raise funds to get these amazing youth to Camp Common Ground. Come drink, eat, and be merry to make a lasting impact on youth and the future of our country. 15% of the profits raised from drink sales go to fund a youth leader to attend the program.
Over the past few months, we've had the privilege of meeting with amazing folks who have expressed interest in getting involved with Camp Common Ground—Oakland. They've already made many invaluable contributions, providing input on everything from inclusive programming, to search engine optimization, to budgets, websites, and fundraisers. We're so grateful to and for them and we're ready to celebrate their contributions and officially invite them to be Commoners. The event will include dinner, drinks, and some camp games—we can't wait for these awesome humans to meet each other. If you're interested in getting more involved with camp, or coming to the event, please contact us!