Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm

Stories from Camp – Day 1

June 25-30, 2012

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Article 1:  “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.  They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” [from Universal Declaration of Human Rights]

Day 1 of camp was a time for for campers and counselors to get to know each other and for us to learn about the rich history of Koinonia Farm’s work for civil rights, equality, and justice. Koinonia Farm, where we lived for the week, was started as an interracial farm and community in the 1940s in south Georgia. Needless to say, they were a focal point for racist attacks and a home base for civil rights activism. We ate lunch with the Koinonia community, took a tour of the farm, then learned about the civil rights movement (especially the Little Rock Nine) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That evening, after dinner, we built a bonfire, told stories, and made s’mores. Click on any photo below to see a larger version.

Within minutes of arriving at camp, everyone poured out of the guest house to play. A game of football and of soccer quickly ensued!
Our tour of Koinonia Farm included walking through pecan groves to visit fields of organic vegetables and flocks of chickens and turkeys.
The cats and kittens that live on the farm were big hits with the campers.
Our tour of Koinonia ended with a visit to the chocolate bakery - and we even got some sweet treats. This is what happens when we feed chocolate to teenagers!
By the first afternoon, the kids had become friends. Card games, such as "Uno" were a perfect way to relax - especially since two of our campers spoke very little English.
Other campers helped Koinonia shuck pole beans during their free time.
We ended the first day with a bonfire. Jonah, Isaac and Thomas told stories while we watched the sun set.
At dusk, we roasted marshmallows and made s'mores. Camp wouldn't be complete without s'mores. But it did take awhile to get the campers to bed after all that sugar!

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