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Monday, June 20 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Trusting Young People: Lessons Learned from a Coercion-Free Summer Camp

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James will talk about his experiences in bringing 60-125 young people together in unschooling environments at summer camp. While many people from conventional educational paradigms shudder at the idea of 100+ kids who can do whatever they want, James' stories from running summer camp in such a very different picture from what many suspect would happen. Young people from both schooled and unschooled environments come together and magic happens: they regulate themselves, treat each other with kindness, and learn to become their best selves in an environment that trusts that they know what is best for them.

James will share how young people go through a rapid de-schooling process, form authentic relationships, and pursue new challenges without a single ounce of judgment from the adults around them. He'll also talk about particular strategies that any family can employ to provide their children with rich life experiences in the absence of coercion.

Camp Stomping Ground

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James Davis

Co-Founder, Camp Stomping Ground
James Davis is a summer camp director and unschooling father of 2. For the last four years, he's worked to bring the principles of unschooling and autonomy to summer camp environments. He is a co-founder of Camp Stomping Ground, a summer camp that allows for close to total freedom for its campers. After seeing the beauty that comes from environments where young people are free to be their authentic selves, he and his wife have become evangelists for the unschooling movement, speaking at conferences in the US and Canada as to the b... Read More →

Monday June 20, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT