GAKKO: SUMMER CAMP, REIMAGINED
Design, Technology, Theater, Music, New Media/Film, and Social Innovation. Six disciplines, six mentors. 14 days. Build your future this summer through interdisciplinary learning.
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GAKKO 2020
THE GAKKO MISSION

Gakko creates global summer camp experiences that educate, inspire wonder, cultivate authenticity and reverberate generosity around the world.

Gakko is dedicated to artful design, collaborative production, and immersive world-building to create the most unique summer camp, ever.

VALUES
EDUCATING THE HEART

We believe there is a crucial, oft-forgotten intersection between learning and authentic individual development. At camp, our work reveals how educational journeys must also be personal ones. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” — Aristotle

WE BECOME WITH EACH OTHER, OR NOT AT ALL

This is a meeting of strangers in a strange place. We require the wholehearted collaboration of each participant in our diverse, international community to build a healthy, supportive, and productive environment.

THE INVESTIGATION

Sempai design educational workshops as “investigations” rather than “classes” so kohai can immerse themselves in learning alongside mentors. Regardless of prior experience, kohai become rigorous practitioners in a multitude of fields and launch their own academic, artistic, and personal investigations to carry with them long after they leave camp.

WONDER

We approach every day at camp with curiosity. Kohai encounter unexpected surprise and inexplicable beauty as they reimagine themselves, their talent, and their responsibility to one another.

WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT

Every summer, Gakko Camp assembles a team of interdisciplinary camp creators to design unique summer camps for high school students around the world.

Camp Creators specialize in ​Design, Technology, Music, Theater, Film/ New Media and/ or Social Innovation.

This diverse team of six driven and empathetic leaders share their personal investigations – artistic and academic pursuits – through the design of educational workshops, projects, performances, camp rituals, games, and a compelling two-week camp narrative.

After 8 years, 16 camps, and 750+ participants, we are looking for 6 new Camp Creators to lead Gakko's 2020 program in Arcosanti.

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GAKKO IN NUMBERS
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100

The number of countries represented by Gakko participants

8

Number of years Gakko has been operating its unique summer camps

16

Camps created by Gakko

6

Different locations where Gakko has hosted camps

750+

The number of individuals that make up the Gakko alumni community

CAMP 2020
Camp 2020 arcosanti

July 19th to August 2nd 2020
for ages 14 to 18

APPLICATION DEADLINES

January 3rd, 2020 to qualify for Early Bird Tuition.

February 15th, 2020 final deadline.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All applicants must apply to attend.

Eligible applicants will be invited to an informal interview with Gakko’s director, Lilly Callahan, or someone from our team. This is an opportunity to get to know one another, ask questions, and ensure Gakko and the applicants are a good fit for one another.

We schedule interviews in the few weeks following the application deadlines. Offers to attend camp are sent shortly after the interview. In order to secure your space at camp, you must provide a deposit within 2-weeks of receiving an offer to camp.

TUITION

Early Bird Tuition – $5,000

Regular Tuition – $6,250

TUITION INFORMATION

Tuition covers all camp programming, field trips at camp, accommodation, meals, as well as transport to and from our “meeting point” (airports, train stations, bus stations).

Tuition does not cover flights, travel to the “meeting point”, travel insurance or visas, if needed.
Every year Gakko provides scholarships to qualifying students. The scholarship application will be sent only to students who are invited to interview. Scholarships provided by Gakko are competitive, and based on both merit and need.

Gakko offers payment plans and this can be arranged upon receiving an offer letter to attend camp.

GAKKO: SUMMER CAMP, RE-IMAGINED.