SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue Presents: CAMP

February 22, 2022 - February 25, 2022

A four-day island retreat for first and second year students

We hope that everyone who attended CAMP had fun! Don’t want to wait for another year to get the experience? Check out our summer 2022 Semester in Trust, Money and Power: Funding Change, a 7-week immersive course that explores how to fund social and environmental change. ⁠

About CAMP

CAMP is all about making friends, having fun and learning new skills. It's an opportunity to connect and engage with other 1st and 2nd year SFU students, all while building the skills and perspectives you need to feel confident for the rest of your time at SFU. 

This retreat was also designed for students who want to trial a mini-version of Semester in Dialogue before fully enrolling. CAMP introduces students to the most essential and useful tools of dialogue like:

  • Conversations to help you gain insight into complex problems
  • Opportunities to listen and speak from many diverse perspectives
  • Time for self reflection and self care to help you assess your own skills and abilities 

Through CAMP, students also receive one official SFU co-curricular credit, free swag and prizes.

What to Expect at CAMP:

An authentic camp experience

This year, CAMP takes place at Camp Fircom on beautiful Gambier Island. We're talking cabins, bunk beds, fire pits, ocean views and all those classic camp experiences from when you were a kid. 

Skills + activities

Wanna level up your talent and experiences? Come join us for four days where you'll have the chance to strengthen communication skills and learn new ones. 


Cool people, good vibes

You'll spend these four days at CAMP with a boatload (literally) of students in their early years at SFU who are keen to make new friends. Many students in our Semester in Dialogue programming go on to have lifelong friendships. Your facilitators are pretty cool too.

Food, prizes and free stuff

High-key or low-key, we've got something for everyone. S'mores making, mocktail competitions, playlist collabs, beach sunsets and that's just to name a few!

What We've Heard from Alumni

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the payment options for CAMP?

CAMP aims to be intersectional, inclusive and accessible. That's why there are multiple payment options for you to choose from. In your application form, please select the payment option that best allows you to show up for CAMP. We don't want finances to be a barrier to joining us for this retreat, so whichever option you choose is cool with us.

What if I cannot attend certain days or hours of CAMP?

This year, CAMP is in-person and requires traveling to Gambier Island, so you will need to be present for the entire four days.

What if I do not want to participate in select CAMP activities?

Although we hope you'll be present for each activity, you also have the option to leave the conversation whenever you choose. In fact, we'll be sure to offer additional resources and services, such as SFU Health & Counselling Services, to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the retreat.

Will there be any assignments or projects I will need to complete for CAMP?

CAMP will always be projectless and homeworkless! We ask that you come to each session ready to learn, though we also understand that a reading break shouldn’t be stressful. While you may be prompted to fill out select documents in preparation for the retreat, there won't be any assignments or exams to complete. 

How do you decide who gets accepted into CAMP?

CAMP is designed to be an immersive experience for new SFU students. We want you to create meaningful connections and build community. We've planned activities with intention so that they connect and build upon each other. For these reasons, only first and second year students will be accepted.

How do I know if I'm a first or second year student?

Whether you're a first or second year student is not based on credit hours, it's based on when you joined the SFU community. Most CAMPers will be first and second year students who have not yet completed 60 credits, however, we want to leave room for folks who are transferring in. If you are an undergraduate student who joined the SFU community within the last two years, you fit the criteria.