The general Assembly
Yes We Camp is a 1901 law association. Its members are chosen by co-option, with the intention of bringing together both people involved in daily projects, and a few partners and close friends who provide a capacity for hindsight and connection. The General Assembly of Members takes place each year in October over several days. The members then choose from among themselves, by means of an election without candidates, a Collegiate Board of Directors of fifteen people.
Board of directors
There is no presidency, so all members of the Collegiate Council share in the responsibilities assumed by the association. The Collegial Council is renewed by thirds each year. Newly elected members are elected for a period of three years, at the end of which they cannot be reappointed (they may be re-elected to join the Collegiate Council the following year, but not in direct continuity of their previous engagement). Members of the association who are also employees can be elected to the Collegial Council. The strategic and operational articulation between the Collegiate Council and the salaried teams mobilized on the projects is ensured by a “Secretariat Vraiment Général” (SVG), which brings together several members of the Collegial Council, as well as the main operational managers employed by the association .
The management of the salaried teams of Yes We Camp is transversal and participatory. Information on strategy and finances is shared with the whole group, and a lot of collective time is organized to allow discussions, at the level of projects, and at the level of the association. We are developing an approach to compensation that is not just financial. This is the idea behind the “Campers Pack”: a series of benefits in kind and daily facilities which aim to make life at work pleasant and balanced: seven weeks of vacation per year, possibility of borrowing the association’s vehicles and tools, vegetarian and cooked lunches for the whole team every noon, bicycle mileage allowance, read vouchers, several seminars throughout the year, possibility of going on all our different projects and encouragement to learn the trades of others. This global attention creates a united and positive atmosphere in the group. Along with these advantages, salaries are modest and very homogeneous. This low level is primarily pragmatic, but it is also a societal positioning. We believe that it is possible to live well without having a very large salary, and it makes sense to apply that to ourselves.