Camp Wellstone Seattle

Camp Wellstone is for those interested in gaining practical skills in progressive political action. During CW, we provide focus areas based on your role in progressive organizing, each with a distinctive curriculum taught by some of the nation's leading experts in grassroots politics and organizing. We draw from Paul and Sheila Wellstone's innovative approach to politics - something we call the Wellstone Triangle. The three elements of the triangle are: progressive public policy, which lays out an agenda for action; grassroots community organizing, which builds a constituency to fight for change; and grassroots electoral politics, which provides tools for changing what leadership looks like and how to influence policymakers.

Our trainings at Wellstone are guided by our values: to change the choices for who’s in charge, to lead with intention and commitment to race, gender, and economic justice, and to provide rich and interactive training experiences that maximize participants’ learning and maintain the high quality of content we’re counted on to deliver.

Camp Wellstone takes place over the weekend. The schedule is: 2pm - 9pm Friday; 9am - 6:30pm Saturday; and 9am - 3:30pm Sunday.

This camp will take place at Seattle Pacific University (3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119)

At Camp, the sessions build upon each other, so you pick one track and stick with it throughout the weekend:

  • Campaign Track: How to win progressive campaigns as a campaign manger, staffer or volunteer
  • Candidate Track: How to run and win a progressive campaign, for those running for office or considering running in the future
  • Grassroots Organizer Track: How to win on grassroots organizing and policy issues
  • Intro to Movement Technology: How to use digital technology and data to maximize effectiveness in organizing and campaigning

Read more about the different tracks HERE.

Applying to Attend this Camp Wellstone:

Already this year, we have seen the interest and demand for our Camp Wellstone training skyrocket. This is an important moment for people to get the training and skills they need to make change in our country and in our communities, and Wellstone is seeking to meet this need in as many ways as possible. The demand for Camp Wellstone means we’re not always able to accommodate everyone who wants to attend. Class sizes are limited to 45-50 people per track, and we’re committed to living into our values to make sure our trainings are accessible to a broad range of people and organizations, and to provide rich and interactive training experiences that maximize participants’ learning and maintain the high quality of content we’re counted on to deliver.

Wellstone prioritizes developing leaders who are reflective of and deeply connected to communities who are underrepresented in our democracy. We also prioritize training those who have a demonstrated commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice.

In 2017, we’ve created a new application process for Camp Wellstone where we will ask you to describe how this training will contribute to your work to win progressive change. Only individuals may apply for Camp Wellstone. We do not accept group applications or reserve spots for organizations in advance.

The application period for this camp is now over, but if you would like to apply late, to be added to the waitlist for this training, in case spots become available last minute due to cancelations, click here to apply!

What does it cost to attend Camp Wellstone?

The cost to attend is $450 per person. This fee pays for three days of training, all your training materials, plus three meals (dinner Friday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday). While the true cost of Camp Wellstone is much greater than $450 per person, we strive to keep our training affordable for progressive leaders at all income levels. We also offer a limited number of scholarship spots at each camp for a reduced cost of either $250 or $150. You can indicate in the application if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

Traveling to attend Camp Wellstone?

We welcome folks to apply for any Camp Wellstone location if there will not be one in your state. Please note that Wellstone is not able to offer lodging or transportation assistance or recommendations. We'll tell you where to be and when, and provide you with the materials you'll need to get the most out of our training, but the rest is up to you!

Questions? Talk to us.