Compass Youth Leadership Camp (CYC) is designed by youth for youth. Based on the foundations of systems thinking and sustainability, this unique camp will help participants to be powerful and effective change makers in their communities.
Participants arrive on 21 June late morning-afternoon and leave on the 29th morning-afternoon.
- Youth aged 14-18 years old
- Interested in sustainability and global issues
- Passionate in becoming an effective change agent
- Willing to participate in community service
Scholarships are available through a rigorous selection process. If you are interested, you must submit the completed application form by April 26 the latest. Scholarship applicants will then be emailed by CYC team to schedule an interview as part of the selection process.
Gain language, tools and skills to be a more effective changemaker in your school and community through…
- Local community sustainability analysis and
- Outdoor education & team-building
- Rural community homestay
- Collaborative action planning for Sustainable
- Becoming a sustainability & systems thinking
- School sustainability change agentry
Our camp is run by youth for youth so you can learn from first-hand experiences of proven youth leaders. If you enjoy it, you can apply to come back next year and help facilitate!
The Camp will consist of four different parts:
These workshops, lead by recent high school graduates with a rich diversity of experience using Compass Tools to shape their community, will be interactive sessions on systems thinking, sustainability and the variety of Compass Tools participants can walk away with to use in their own clubs, classes and communities at home.
Since the camp is based in beautiful and and dynamic Chiang Mai, with the help of the Visiting Schools Program and Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning, participants will embark to learn more about how Compass Tools can be applied to real life situations and challenges. Participants will have a chance to explore, enjoy and share ideas with members of the local community.
What good are workshops and lessons without chances for real life application? In addition to visiting a local community, students will have several simulation sessions where they will be pushed to try out new concepts and ideas to see how they impact their effectiveness as change agents!
Action Plan Development
Every camper will walk away from CYC with an action plan for how they can use their new skills and knowledge to enhance their presence in their own community. Whether these are plans to address local global issues, instigate a sustainable service project or “green” their school, all participants will leave with a set of “next steps”. Participants who go back to their school and attempt to implement their plans will even have the option to apply to come back next year as camp facilitators and further enhance their abilities as sustainability system thinkers and change agents!
NAIA (Head of Youth Facilitator)
After two years of training, I am excited to take on the new challenge of head facilitator at this year’s CYC. Working with Compass Education to develop a better understanding of sustainability has helped me see the world differently, and with this knowledge I feel that I have grown into a more mindful and aware individual. I believe that through systems thinking, everyone has the ability to create change that can help move society towards sustainability. By being introduced to methods of systems thinking, and learning how to tackle issues with those methods it becomes possible to solve complex issues and move toward dynamic equilibrium.
The greatest value of CYC comes from working together to deepen our understanding and use of these methods. I look forward to envisioning a more sustainable future together as peers.
KOH (Youth Facilitator)
Hey guys! My name is Koh, and I’m a Japanese student studying in Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Thailand. My school is actually where the camp is taking place at this year. I first attended the CYC camp 2 years ago as an attendee and then last year as a media intern, so I’m confident enough to say that I know the camp well. I also know that you guys will have a lot of fun :) I’m a very cheerful and approachable guy so don’t be shy when the you meet me and I am sure we’ll get along well.
RASNAM (Youth Facilitator)
My name is Rasnam, and I am currently a student at Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai and I will be a facilitator at the CYC 2017. I am a Thai-Indian, born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. I decided to leave home to attend a boarding school 3 years ago in Chiang Mai. My friends would describe me as friendly and outgoing as I enjoy getting to know people and making new friends. I attended the compass youth camp in Chiang Mai last year which sparked my interest in sustainability, since then I have been trying to take a more active role in my community. Other than that I enjoy reading and playing the piano, as well as travelling. An interesting fact about me, I speak 5 languages, English (of course), Thai, Hindi, Punjabi, and I am currently studying French. I look forward to attending the camp and meeting like minded campers from all over the world.
ABHINAV (Youth Facilitator)
I believe sustainability is instrumental to leading a better life for out future generations, and it looks at the world and its problems in a more holistic way.
Hobbies – Cooking, Drumming, Rugby and Badminton
Interesting Fact – I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
NORITO (Media Facilitator)
I will be a media facilitator at CYC this year. I’m 16, I was born in Japan but was raised in the U.S. and now live as a boarding student at PREM. I care about sustainability because it’s our future, with the world going through global warming we have to try to do everything we can to stop it and I believe that sustainability is the main response. I went to the CYC camp last year in 2016 so I have experience in all the tools that the students will be learning this year. I will also be taking videos and photos during the whole camp to put onto different sites that CYC is on as well as help lead activities that are related to the compass tools. An interesting fact about me is that I’ve finished 6 marathons, my first one being when I was 6. I look forward to seeing all of the new people that are coming who are interested in sustainability this year.
CYC 2016 Video & Photo Gallery
CYC 2015 Photo Gallery
This camp is being run in collaboration with Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning is
hosting and Traidhos Visiting Schools Program (VSP) is the host location for the camp and providing
logistics support. Traidhos is a provider of school field trips and summer camps for over 7,000 students
each year. Many international and private schools around the world use Traidhos as their educational trip provider. For more information about VSP, visit vsp.threegeneration.org/
- Travel expenses between your home and Chiang Mai airport and vice-versa, including travel insurance for both legs of the journey. Our insurance policy is only effectual from the time we meet you at the airport on the first day until the time we drop you off on the final day.
- Visa (not all nationalities have to pay – please check http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services well in advance of your trip for details on visas for entering Thailand).
- Personal spending money, for example snacks, drinks and souvenirs. We will visit the Night Bazaar on one evening, when we will give you a small allowance for your meal but you may wish to bring extra money for shopping.
All attending youth will be asked to sign and have their parents co-sign to say students will respect facilitators and boundaries a responsible global citizens, but that we reserve the right to send anyone home if they are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others.
For more information about facilities at Traidhos, please go to vsp.threegeneration.org/facilities
When does the camp responsibility begin? At the airport in Chiang Mai? Youth get there on their
Please note that we only provide accident insurance from pick up in Chiang Mai. Participants should consider purchasing their own medical and travel insurance.
All camp activities will end on 28 June evening. Participants can depart on the 29th morning – afternoon. Please note airport transfer cost is included in the paid fee.
Flights to Chiang Mai, Thailand (as of December 2014)
|Bangkok, Thailand||1h 15m||Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, AirAsia (Don Muang)|
|Beijing, China||5h 20m||Air China|
|Chengdu, China||2h 50m||China Eastern|
|Chongqing, China||3h 20m||Shandong|
|Guangzhou, China||2h 55m||China Southern|
|Hangzhou, China||4h 10m||Thai AirAsia|
|Hong Kong||3h 0m||Thai AirAsia, Dragonair, Hong Kong Express|
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||2h 45m||AirAsia|
|Kunming, China||1h 30m||China Eastern|
|Luang Prabang, Laos||1h 0m||Lao Airlines|
|Macau||2h 50m||Thai AirAsia|
|Mandalay, Myanmar||1h 25m||Bangkok Airways|
|Seoul, South Korea||5h 50m||Korean Air, Business Air|
|Shanghai, China||4h 20m||Junyao, China Eastern, Spring|
|Singapore||3h 0m||Silkair, Tiger Air|
|Taipei, Taiwan||5h 0m||TransAsia|
|Wuhan, China||3h 20m||Air China|
|Yangon, Myanmar||1h 25m||Bangkok Airways, Air Bagan|