Camp Wellstone sessions

Camp Wellstone is a dynamic, fast-paced training running from Friday to Sunday afternoon. Almost all of our sessions are interactive and are followed up with an engaging exercise -- we believe in not only teaching content, but giving you the chance to put it in practice right away at the training.

All three tracks open and close together in general sessions called Politics the Wellstone Way and Sustainig the Progressive Movement. At Camp, the sessions build upon each other, so you pick one track and stick with it throughout the weekend. Here's what we offer:

Grassroots Organizer Track (formerly called Activist Track)

Sessions include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Developing an Effective Message
  • Communicating an Effective Message
  • Organizing and Mobilizing
  • Building a Volunteer Program
  • Leadership in Teams
  • Grassroots Lobbying
  • Nonpartisan Voter Mobilization

Exercises include:

  • Strategic Planning: Vision, Assessment, Strategy, and Tactics
  • Message Development
  • Message Communication
  • One to Ones
  • Making a Volunteer Ask
  • Leadership
  • Grassroots Lobbying

Working on a Campaign Track

Sessions include:

  • Campaign Plan and Budget
  • Core Elements of an Effective Message
  • Basebuilding
  • Targeting
  • Field the Wellstone Way
  • GOTV
  • Online Organizing
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Running a Phone and Door Program
  • Fundraising
  • Paid and Earned Media
  • Direct Mail
  • Campaign Q&A

Exercises include:

  • Creating a Message Box and Radio Ad
  • Targeting
  • Direct Voter Contact
  • Canvassing and Writing Scripts
  • Campaign Timeline

Being a Candidate Track

Sessions include:

  • Campaign Plan and Budget
  • Core Elements of an Effective Message
  • Basebuilding
  • Politics of Conviction
  • Targeting and Field
  • Canvassing as a Candidate
  • Earned Media
  • Fundraising
  • Paid Media
  • Being a First-Time Candidate

Exercises include:

  • Stump Speech
  • Canvassing and Writing Scripts
  • Earned Media: Dealing with the Press
  • Fundraising: the Candidate's Role
  • Campaign Timeline