Frequently Asked Questions


What will I gain from GroundShift?

A lot, we hope. You’ll gain an understanding of the systems of American life and how you can work to change them. You’ll experience art, conversations and workshops that deepen your knowledge and connection to issues. You’ll get clarity on your story and your unique potential for contribution. Most importantly, we're committed to helping you leave with a new community of friends, allies, and collaborators.

Who can attend?

As long as you’re 21 or older — and agree to our Code of Conduct — we welcome you.

How do I get there?

Shuttles are offered round-trip from NYC. Seats are limited, so please purchase a bus ticket in advance. For more information on the bus, click here. The bus departs at 5pm from 568 9th Ave (41st St. & 9th Ave) in Manhattan.

If you plan to drive, we encourage carpooling. This should be arranged using the Facebook event page. To get there, simply follow your GPS to Camp Hilltop in Hancock, NY. Parking is free on-site. Signs will be posted to direct cars arriving at the camp.

What will I eat? 

All meals, including food for folks with dietary restrictions, will be provided in the camp cafeteria. Saturday night's party will include wine and beer. 

Where will I sleep? 

All attendees will be assigned a bed in a shared cabin. Our cabins sleep 6-10 people each.

You'll be able to select housing based on your gender preference. We'll be in touch about cabin assignments after you purchase your ticket. We welcome non-binary folks.

Please bring your own sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels. 

Is this space going to be safe for me?

We strongly believe that social and political change only happen if the voices of historically marginalized people are elevated. For that reason, we are committed to creating an experience that is responsive to structural inequality. We foster inclusion for individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We also feel that discomfort is an important part of learning how to understand each other and grow in a community. We allow room to make mistakes, while requesting that individuals commit to the intention of non-harming.

Check out our Code of Conduct to see our official policy and the structures we have in place to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Can I bring alcohol or substances? 

We ask that you leave all drugs and alcohol at home to help create a healthy space for everyone. There will be alcohol available for purchase during the party Saturday night.

What else should I bring?

Never been to camp? No worries! You should pack:

  • A book for the reading room (click here for details)

  • An object that signifies something for you (click here for details)

  • A sleeping bag

  • A water bottle

  • A flashlight

  • Bug spray (don't forget, we're on a lake!) 

  • Bedding, including pillow and sheets

  • A towel for the shower

  • An extra blanket for chilly nights and hard floors

  • Rain gear

  • Your dancing shoes

  • Anything else you'd like to share

What should I leave at home?

  • Cooking equipment or lanterns with an open flame
  • Alcohol or drugs except those required for medical purposes
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks

What about my phone and computer? 

GroundShift is a chance to connect offline. Since our goal is to delve deeper into a community, we ask that you limit technology use to designated areas, except in cases of personal security. There isn’t much cell coverage to work with. 

Is the space accessible to those with physical disabilities?

The camp is not ADA compliant. We are working hard to increase accessibility to the camp and camp activities. Please contact us at to discuss your needs and to identify if appropriate accommodations can be made.

Can I contribute to the program?

Absolutely! We want GroundShift to feel as participatory and co-created as possible. If you have an idea for a workshop or an experience, please write us at

Or are you a performer or musician? Write to

Or maybe you are an organization that would like to send a group or help spread the word. Write us at

Or just email to share any other ideas! 

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, animals are not allowed. An exception is made only for Service Animals. Individuals requiring further Service Animal assistance will need to contact us at