Activity Details: Power of Hope Camp

Community Meeting and Morning Plenary

After breakfast each morning, we gather for a community meeting and a plenary session.  At the morning meeting you get to add your ideas into how camp is going and how it can be even better. The morning plenary is an exciting whole-group arts empowerment session on themes like:

  • Learning from diversity
  • Expanding your comfort zone
  • Increasing your confidence
  • Exploring your relationship to others
  • Connecting with nature
  • Taking action in the world

Workshops:

Each day you get to participate in two to three 75-minute workshops on topics like:

Poetry
Mural Painting
African Drumming
Percussion
Songwriting
Singing
Hip Hop Dance
Freestyle
Nature Hikes
Plant Identification
Meditation
Capoeira
Acrobalance
Zine-making
Women and the Media
Theater for Social Change
Building Bridges Across Cultures

We encourage you to attend workshops on subjects that are totally new to you, so that you can expand your comfort zone and discover just how talented you are. Of course you can also go to workshops on topics you already love!

Outdoor Activities at Camp:

The camp at Commonweal in Point Reyes National Seashore offers a wealth of opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Learning about and coming to respect the environment is central to the camp experience.

Our trained Environmental Educator leads workshops such as: animal tracking, bird language, sustainable farming and building, plant identification, and more.

Free Time:

Free time is chill time, perfect for group projects, relaxing and getting to know each other better. Some of the best conversations and improvised games happen during free time’s relaxing afternoon hours from 3 to 6 pm.

Some favorite free time activities are:

  • Mural-painting, song-writing, or other art explorations
  • Taking an optional workshop or learning more about an earlier workshop topic
  • Hanging out with other youth and staff
  • Going for a swim or hike

Family Groups:

Every night after dinner you meet with your “family,” a special group of 6 youth and 2 adults.

Meeting daily with the same small group gives you the chance to get to know each other well, and gives you the chance to share your thoughts about your experience.

During Family Group time, everyone can talk about how camp is going for them, do team-building activities and be a regular source of listening, support and camaraderie. Family group meeting is a favorite time for most everyone!

Evening Events:

Every night of camp, the whole community gathers for some fun and togetherness. We learn from each other. We entertain each other. And sometimes we laugh so hard we cry. Get ready for a good time!

The evening activity varies from night to night, and at Power of Hope we create a participatory culture where everyone can feel comfortable being themselves. Evenings are a great time to get to know yourself and others better, and to have an amazing time in the process.

Here are just some of the things you can look forward to:
Theater Improv Night
Music and Dance Night
Storytelling Night
Open Mic Night
Campfire Night
Closing Circle