Creating space for transformative conversations

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

A three-day virtual retreat created for first and second year students


February 16, 2021 - February 18th, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM PST

Looking for a fun skill-building and networking experience that’ll bring you closer to your university community - all without leaving the comforts of your home?

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is pleased to present, CAMP - an immersive virtual three day retreat experience that will build your professional leadership skills, expand your networking opportunities and bring you closer to your university community. In a series of workshops, guided sessions, facilitated conversations, and virtual social gatherings, CAMPers will break away from the traditional university classroom and be transported to a place where the weather doesn’t matter.

Inspired by the signature Semester in Dialogue program, CAMP will bring students together from across faculties and departments providing opportunities to meet new people and create lasting relationships with like-minded individuals and influential thought leaders from the community. 

This virtual three-day retreat will take place during the 2021 spring reading week, from February 16th to 18th, with the program counting towards one SFU co-curricular credit.

Why join CAMP?

Are you feeling isolated as a result of COVID-19? Has it reduced your ability to stay connected with those around you? We think CAMP and connection go hand-in-hand.

CAMP was created to offer students the opportunity to connect and engage with others on a social level - all while building professional skills and new perspectives to feel confident and ready for the rest of your educational journey. This upcoming reading break, get out of your comfort zone and take this once-in-a-degree opportunity to grow professionally and make new connections.

What will CAMP offer?

  • Workshops that will help strengthen your communication skills and leverage the talent, experience and network you already have 
  • Dialogues that will help you overcome limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from fulfilling your change-making potential
  • Dedicated time for guided yoga and meditation
  • “Fireside Chats” with the Centre’s Senior Fellow and SFU Library’s Writer in Residence, Dr. Mark Winston
  • Team building activities such as s'mores making, mocktails, music playlist collaboration with fellow students and Semester in Dialogue alumni 
  • A pathway for you to get more involved when the retreat is over.

More details and special CAMP surprises will be revealed as we get closer to the event date. Don’t forget to stay connected with us on social media for updates and announcements!

What's a typical day in the life of a happy CAMPer?

CAMPers will meet at 10:00 AM each day, where Cabin Leaders will set intentions for the day and guide participants on their daily adventures. Time will be split between workshops or broader discussions in the “Dia-Lodge” or Zoom plenary and in smaller breakout “Cabins” for more intimate facilitated discussions led by Semester in Dialogue alumni or “Cabin Leaders.” Retreat sessions will run from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM each day, with ample time for off-screen breaks and unguided discussion. CAMPers will receive daily UberEats vouchers and be sent a complimentary swag bag in the mail full of retreat supplies and a few surprises.

Interested? Here's how to apply:

Applications are now being accepted, until January 22nd, 2021. Don't miss your chance! Early applications are encouraged as space is limited. Participation in CAMP will earn you one Co-Curricular credit. Like brownie points, but better! There is a $100 fee to attend and as we are committed to our standards of accessibility and equity, various payment options are available. Details are outlined in the program registration and you can contact with any questions.

FAQ  - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the payment options for CAMP?

A: CAMP aims to be intersectional,  inclusive and accessible. It is for this reason that we provide multiple financial options for program admission. In your application form, please choose the payment option that best allows you to show up in your position. Finances are not a barrier of access for this retreat, and whichever option you choose will hold no bearing over your acceptance. Details provided in the registration package after acceptance.

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

A: Although we hope to accommodate all participants interested in attending CAMP, we ask that you specify your availability and level of commitment to the program in the application form so that we can award first priority to those available for the entirety of our schedule.

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

A: Although we hope for participants to remain present for each activity, they will have the opportunity to leave the conversation whenever they choose. In fact, we will be sure to offer additional resources and services such as SFU Health & Counselling Services to ensure your safety and wellbeing throughout the retreat.

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

A: 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 participants may be prompted to fill out select documents in preparation for the retreat, there will be no assignments or exams to complete. 

Q: How do you decide who gets accepted into CAMP? 

A: CAMP is designed to be an immersive experience that creates connection and builds community. Our team has carefully planned activities so that they connect and build upon each other. For these reasons, priority will be given to applicants who are able to commit to attending the full retreat. Only first and second year students will be accepted.

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

A: It's 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 2 years, you fit the criteria.