A camp-based program for 17-18 year olds, lasting 21 days

The first Seminar Camp was held in 1959

This personally challenging, intensive program is coordinated by the young participants themselves. They develop their own agenda and explore global issues based on their backgrounds and interests, through activities and in-depth discussions.

Seminar Camps are for 30 international participants, with the supervision and assistance of international adult staff.

Joining a Seminar Camp puts you in the driving-seat, as with your fellow participants you plan and lead the program. Being part of Seminar Camp’s group-living environment encourages you to take a creative and cooperative approach to problem-solving and resolving differences that can arise from healthy discussion. Friendship and fun ensure that your Seminar Camp experience is lasting and positive.

What happens at a Seminar Camp?

If you would like to know more about what happens at a Seminar Camp, read our Seminar Camp stories.

Is your child taking part in a Seminar Camp?

With over 40 years experience of organizing camp-based programs for children and teenagers, you can be assured of the highest level of supervision and safety for your child. Read about our child saftey and protection.


Do you want to attend Seminar Camp?

STEP 1 Chapter Membership Application 

All delegation applicants must have a family membership valid through 2019. The membership and application fee payments can be made online.

  • Application Fee and 2 Year Membership rate will be $120 for new members or members whose membership ends in 2017. The form is available for download at CISV Smoky Mountain Membership Form or to complete online.


  • Application Fee and 1 Year Membership renewal (through 2019) the rate will be $75.  To extend your membership by 1 year – follow these steps.
    • LOGIN Here.
    • Click On  Change Membership Level

STEP 2  Complete the following forms:

STEP 3  Email documents to National Seminar Camp Chair, Machteld van Hoek (Huizen1958@gmail.com) or the Executive Director (cisvusa@cisvusa.org).

Application Deadlines

CISV USA Deadline:  The National Office must receive completed applications by December 15, 2017.  Late applications may be accepted. However, those received by the deadline will receive priority.  For questions or concerns, please contact the National Seminar Camp Chair, Machteld van Hoek (Huizen1958@gmail.com) or the Executive Director (cisvusa@cisvusa.org).