2018 Bootcamp Information

CBA Bootcamp 2018 – Located in beautiful Charleston, SC

The 2018 CBA Conference Bootcamp, centered at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston, S.C., is an opportunity for prospective or emerging community builders and leaders to learn about community built practices, through hands-on experiences and interactive presentations.
 
WHO ARE POTENTIAL BOOTCAMPERS? 
  • People  who are working at an organization where they need more group facilitation skills.
  • Artists or musicians or gardeners who hope to engage their community more in their practice.
  • Established professionals who are seeking more refined skills in the area of community building
  • Others who want to engage, learn and have an empowering week with like-minded people!
 
WHAT CAN BOOTCAMPERS EXPECT TO DO DURING THE WEEK AND GAIN FROM THE EXPERIENCE? 
  • Bootcampers learn various construction skills, how to develop and make presentations, group facilitation skills, engage in various learning modalities, (including role-plays and discussion groups), evaluation strategies, fundraising skills, asset mapping and general community build practices.
  • Bootcampers live cooperatively, assist with food preparation and be ready to perform whatever jobs need to be done.
  • Bootcampers attend and facilitate the regular conference, including hosting the kick-off evening, assisting presenters, orienting others to project locations and operations, and facilitating an end-of-conference evaluation process.
  • Each day starts at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 9:00 p.m.
  • Bootcampers are expected to show up, work hard, and bring their “A” game to the table.
 
WHAT ARE THE FEES TO PARTICIPATE?
  • The total cost is $500 (inclusive of housing and meals).  There are separate registrations for the Bootcamp and the Conference.
  • Bootcamp registration is $300.  A registration portal will be available soon.
  • Conference registration is $200.  Go to the conference registration page to register.
  • We encourage prospective Bootcampers to seek out an organization or granting agency from your local community to help subsidize these fees.  You will return energized and ready to make a difference in your community.  Additionally some scholarship money is available through CBS.
 
HOW DO I APPLY?
  • Send a cover letter, resume, 2 letters of recommendation and any other contributing materials to Dan Harding at .
  • Apply now – there is limited space for Bootcamp participants.  Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity has been met.
  • Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview/discussion prior to being accepted to ensure that the program is a good fit.
  • Applicants will be notified and must be accepted into the program prior to registration.
 
WHERE WILL BOOTCAMPERS BE HOUSED?
  • We have reserved cottages for the Bootcampers at James Island County Park Campground
  • Details about the accommodations and how to reserve spaces will be provided in the registration portal.
  • The registration fee covers the cost of housing and food.  Check in is 3/17/18 and check out is 3/25/18.
 
TESTIMONIALS:

“The CBA Bootcamp was an incredible experience! Such a positive atmosphere with outstanding instructors and a fantastic group of individuals coming together to build community through creative projects. The instructors gave us great insights and strategies from their work, and we learned new techniques in the hands-on workshops. So many new experiences that sparked inspiration and which led to a collaboration with another bootcamper (We created a community mosaic in Germany) and there are more projects to come”. – Bianca Nandzik, 2014 Bootcamper

“I attended the 2014 CBA Bootcamp and Conference in Davis, CA. During that week, I learned the skills necessary to run and execute a community build by working alongside 25 young professionals from all over the country making 4 art benches, a street intersection mural and a 100 ft long bike tunnel mural. We all mentored under well established and respected community builders, who led both the projects and lectures on various aspects of community builds. That week inspired and excited me to pursue my own projects and continues to this day.”
Jerry Lapham, 2014 Bootcamper