Camp Wellstone, founded in the name of the late-Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, will be back in Idaho in May for the third time in five years.
The three-day camp is sponsored by Wellstone Action, a national center for training and leadership development for the progressive movement. The nonprofit was founded in the name of Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, who died in a 2002 plane crash while Wellstone was campaigning for a third term.
The couple's daughter, Marcia, also died in the crash. Their surviving children, David and Mark, co-chair Wellstone Action.
According to a news release, Camp Wellstone is "an intensive and energizing training program that is open to anyone interested in gaining practical skills in progressive political action."
Over 16,000 people have graduated from the camps since they 2003, and camps have been held in 39 states. In 2006, five Camp Wellstone candidate graduates were elected to office in Idaho.
Participants in the May 21-23 session will pursue one of three tracks, "Electoral Campaigns: Tools and Tactics for Success," "Citizen Activism: Grassroots Advocacy and Organizing," and "Being a Candidate: How to Run and Win a Progressive Campaign."
For more information: http://www.wellstone.org/our-programs/camp-wellstone/what-camp-wellstone