Compass Youth Leadership Camp (CYC) 2018: Leading for Change

Compass Youth Leadership Camp (CYC) is a summer camp designed and facilitated by youth for youth. Based on the foundations of systems thinking and sustainability, this unique camp will help participants to be powerful and effective leaders and change-makers in their schools and communities.

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

Camp Details

When: 20-29 June 2018 (arrive on 20 June late morning-afternoon and leave on the 29th morning-afternoon)

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

Camp Fee: Single Registration $1,000 per person / Group Registration (2 or more) $900 per person
Note: Fee inclusive of accommodation, meals, group accident insurance, airport and local transport during camp (excluding fare to and from Chiang Mai)

Who can attend: Youth aged 14-18 years old who are interested in…

  • Developing Student Leadership Skills & Student Agency
  • Issues Surrounding Sustainable Development
  • Impactful Community Service
  • Becoming an Effective Change Agent
  • Becoming a Confident Youth Trainer/Facilitator
Due to the camp’s age restriction, applicants must be at least 14 years old and no older than 18 years old by June 1, 2018.


Applicants who get through the selection process will receive a confirmation of attendance with in 2 days.

If you can’t access the Sign Up button or GoogleForm, click here to download CYC 2018 application form and send the completed form via email to


click here to download CYC 2108 flyer

group workGain language, tools and skills to be a more effective youth leader and change-maker 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
    workshop facilitator
  • 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.

Community Engagement
Since the camp is based in beautiful 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!


Camp Facilitators

CYC team of facilitators consists of Compass youth leaders who have had completed Compass Education Youth Empowerment training and have significant experiences in facilitating the Sustainability Compass and Systems Thinking tools.

LINA (Youth Facilitator)
I am Lina Strand and am 18 years old. I am from Norway and Japan. I’ve lived in both these countries but have lived in Japan most of my life. Since middle school, I have been playing volleyball and running cross country. And I also really love hiking. When I was 14 years old, I moved to Jakarta and then to Manila where I suddenly became very aware of the pollution in the air. Sustainability was already a concept that I believed was our earth’s future but this made me want to actually take action because I became fully aware of the damage that human activity was causing to our environment. This is the reason I applied to be a facilitator this year and why I am looking very forward to CYC. It is a great camp for young people to share their knowledge about sustainability while having a lot of fun.

MICHELLE (Youth Facilitator)
Hiya! My name is Michelle, I am 18 and I go to Australian International School Indonesia. I will be one of the facilitators for this year’s CYC camp. I am Indonesian and I lived in Jakarta pretty much my whole life. I was a camper back in 2016, along with Rasnam and Norito, so I am excited to be back in the camp. Looking back, I remember barely knowing anything about sustainability when I first came to the camp, and going back home as a different person who was equipped with all the compass tools and ready to make changes in my community. An interesting fact about me is that although I grew up in Indonesia; Australia is my hometown. I am psyched to attend the camp and see all of you guys soon. Can’t wait!

Video & Photo Gallery of Previous CYC

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