Cadet Command Workshop

The Cadet Command Workshop (CCW) is a three-day intensive training program for 14 to 16-year-olds who have previously attended Sun Camp. The program focuses on developing leadership skills that participants will need to help prepare and take care of the environment in which Sun Camp will take place. CCW is a way of preparing the ground before the younger participants arrive. To attend Cadet Command Workshop you must be 14 years old as of Sept 30th (Dec 31st for DCL camp) and no more than 16 years old by June 30th, in the year of application. Applicant must have also attended at least one previous Shambhala Sun Summer Camp.

*Please note: It is not unusual to attend camp for the first time at the age of 14 or later. Teenagers enjoy their experience whether or not they are able to attend CCW, but if possible, it does enhance the experience and provide valuable leadership training.

Shambhala Sun Camp

Sun Camp is a one week long, outdoor program open to any participant age 10 – 16 years. To attend Shambhala Sun Summer Camp you must be at least 10 years old as of Sept 30th and no more than 16 years old by June 30th in the year of application.

Rites of Warriorship

Rites of Warriorship is for 16 year olds and, although the program immediately follows Sun Camp, it is a separate program. According to the Shambhala tradition, 16 is the age marking the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. The Rites of Warriorship is an opportunity for 16 year olds to step directly through this transition. 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 Shambhala Lineage.

The requirements for participation in the Rites of Warriorship are: sixteenth birthday before September 30 in the year of participation, and no more than 21 years old at the beginning of the program; the completion of a least one level of Shambhala Training or attendance at one Sun Camp or Magyal Pomra Encampment; Some interest in further Shambhala or Buddhist study and practice.

*Please note all payments must be made in the appropriate currency. This includes ceremonial expenses, food and gifts. No scholarships or financial aid are available for the Rites of Warriorship program.

For questions regarding ROW, contact Heidi Mecklenburg at