Sun Camp takes place in an open field where campers take time away from their busy day-to-day lives to experience living simply in a natural environment. Campers live in tents, assist in the preparation of food and in the maintenance of camp, and live with one another.
In addition, there are one or two meditation sessions a day, as well as hiking and other traditional camp activities like campfires (with marshmallows!) and singing, and a talent/skit night. At the end of Sun Camp we play a capture-the-flag game where discipline, teamwork, and a sense of humour are an absolute must!
Living and practising together in this way, cooking, eating, working and playing together in a multicultural context, allows campers to get to know themselves, their world, and each other in a unique and genuine way.
Sun Camp begins: Friday July 26, after lunch.
Sun Camp ends: Friday August 2nd, before lunch.
Each additional meal and night before or after the Sun Camp, CCW or ROW programmes must be registered at Dechen Chöling ([email protected]) in order to ensure that your kids are well fed and have a place to sleep.
Due to French legal requirements, either the parent or legal guardian of any participant must be staying in Dechen Chöling, or within a 20-minute drive. There are plenty of campsites and other accommodations in the area. One person may act as legal guardian for a maximum of three people.
When planning your trip, please note that the Paris 2024 Olympics begin on July 26, which may affect the availability of trains or flights to Paris.
The Cadet Command Workshop (CCW) is a three-day leadership training programme for 14 to 16-year-olds who have previously attended Sun Camp. The programme focuses on developing teamwork skills, and participants will need to help set up and take care of the environment in which Sun Camp will take place. CCW is a way of preparing the ground of the camp before the younger participants arrive. To attend Cadet Command Workshop, you must have also attended at least one previous Shambhala Sun Summer Camp and be able to attend Sun Camp afterwards.
CCW programme begins: Tuesday July 23, after lunch.
CCW programme ends: Friday July 26, before lunch.
The Rites of Warriorship is an opportunity for youths aged 16-21 years to face head-on the transition into adulthood. Like the coming-of-age rituals of many societies, the proceedings of the Rites of Warriorship are mostly secret.
The program officially begins the day Sun Camp ends, but Rites of Warriorship participants who are eligible are strongly encouraged to attend the week-long Sun Camp immediately before ROW. During the camp, ROW participants will be expected to look at themselves honestly and be compassionate with the younger participants. These activities are an integral part of becoming a compassionate, sane adult and a genuine warrior in the world.
ROW programme begins: Friday August 2, after lunch.
ROW programme ends: Sunday August 4, before lunch.