Compass Youth Camp for Leaders (CYCLe) 2019: Leading for Change

What makes Compass Youth Camp for Leaders (CYCLe) unique and different from the other camps? CYCLe is a camp:

  • Designed and led by Youth for Youth;
  • Built on the foundations of Systems Thinking and Sustainability Science;
  • Promotes student leadership skills and student agency;
  • Exploration into Issues surrounding sustainable development;
  • Application of innovative approaches, tools and techniques for impactful community service planning;
  • For youth who wants to become effective leaders and change-makers in their schools and communities;
  • For youth who wants to become a confident and skilled trainer/facilitator on Sustainability.

Our camp is facilitated and led by Compass Youth Leaders. You will learn from first-hand experiences of your peers who have put this knowledge and skills to practice in their own schools. If you enjoy it, you can apply to come back next year and be a Compass Facilitator and Leader!

Sustainable Development is key to ensuring prosperity for ourselves and our future generations. What exactly does this mean though and how can today’s youth prepare to lead for a flourishing future?

click here to download CYCLe 2109 flyer

Camp Details

When: June 25 – July 4, 2019 (arrive on June 25 late morning-afternoon and leave on July 4)

Where: Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Camp Fee: Single Registration $1,100 per person / Group Registration (2 or more) $1,000 per person (excluding fare to and from Chiang Mai)
Note: Fee is inclusive of accommodation, meals, group accident insurance, airport and local transport during camp 

Camp Facilitators: CYCLe team of facilitators consists of Compass Youth Leaders who have already completed our Compass Education Youth Empowerment training and have significant experiences in using and facilitating the Sustainability Compass and Systems Thinking tools.

Who can attend: Youth aged 14-18 years old
Note: Due to camp’s age restriction, applicants must be at least 14 years old and no older than 18 years old by 1 June 2019


In order to be considered for this year’s camp, please fill out the online application form and submit by June 2. Applicants will then be sent a confirmation of attendance via email after the application review.

If you can’t access the Apply Now button or GoogleForm, click here to download CYCLe 2019 application form and send the completed form via email to

Camp Experience

Campers will gain the tools, skills and language to be a more effective
leader and change-maker in your school and community through the following experiences:

  • Youth facilitated workshops and activities on leadership, SDGs, sustainability, social change and systems thinking;
  • Outdoor education activities, team-building, and leadership skills development;
  • Rural forest community exploration and homestay;
  • Local community sustainability analysis and assessment group exercise;
  • Collaborative action planning for Sustainable Development;
  • Facilitation practicum for an invited group of learners.

The Camp will consist of four different parts:

group workWORKSHOPS
These workshops are led by our experienced Compass Youth Leaders who have a rich diversity of experience using these tools to shape their own school and community change efforts. These workshops are highly interactive collaborative sessions that will cover systems thinking, sustainability, socio-cultural change. Participants will come away with the ability to use the Compass tools for their own club, class and community projects when they return home.

The camp is based in the rich forested mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai. With the assistance from the Visiting Schools Program and Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning, campers will embark on an experiential learning journey that will be fun, challenging and full of opportunities for personal growth. We will explore and interact with a local rural forest community and scientists to learn more about how the SDGs can be applied to real-life situations and challenges to improve sustainable livelihoods. 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 sustainability advocates and change agents!

Every camper will walk away from CYCLe with an action plan for how they can use their new skills and knowledge to enhance their presence in their own school and community. Whether these are plans to address global issues at the local level, instigate a sustainable service project or green school initiative, all participants will leave with a set of “next steps” to follow up on once back home. 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, leaders and change agents!

Video & Photo Gallery of Previous Camp

Click here to read Nestor’s – one of last year’s campers – story about his CYCLe experience.

What did facilitators and participants feel about CYC 2017? Check it out on our series of “CYC Views” here!

Watch this CYC video by Norito, CYC 2017 Media Facilitator

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