2017 Peacebuilders Camp

Is health care a human right?

Our campers are off on their overnight trip to Ellenton, Georgia, where they will be stocking a food pantry at a clinic that serves migrant farmworkers and their families, touring the fields where these workers harvest the produce that ends up on our tables, and exercising their right to leisure at the paddle-in campground at … Continue reading »

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What does dignity mean?

There is a lot of information that needs to get into our campers’ heads each Monday of camp. They learn the names of their fellow campers and of staff members, they become familiar with Koinonia’s campus and customs, they review the rules of camp, and they are introduced to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. … Continue reading »

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Who doesn’t have access to the arts?

To be excluded from participation in the arts might not seem as essential as lacking access to the right to food, clothing, or housing. But human rights are often interconnected and people with less access to housing and food are often also restricted from artistic expression. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights doesn’t separate the arts out either, … Continue reading »

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Days 5 and 6: Big Ideas, Big Goals!

Of the 30 articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, several are pretty easy to understand. It doesn’t take a lot of insight to realize why rights to things like food, shelter, and healthcare made the list. This week at camp, though, we stretched the minds of our 11- and 12-year olds and asked … Continue reading »

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Express yourself! (and help others access this right)

We hear a lot about freedom of speech as laid out in the U.S. Bill of Rights. However, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights takes a slightly different approach in Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and … Continue reading »

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Rest and Leisure are Human Rights

In a country with as much wealth and privilege as the United States, it can be easy to forget that many people do not have access to their human right to rest and leisure (Article 24, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic … Continue reading »

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A New Peacebuilders Tradition?

This year is the first that Peacebuilders Camp has included a session over July 4th, so we took it as an opportunity to try out some new programing on a right that we’ve never covered before: Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to a nationality. Like every right we discuss, … Continue reading »

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How to have a Human Rights 4th of July

Here at Peacebuilders Camp, we recognize that not everyone has access rights that many people celebrate in the United States on the 4th of July. So we’ll be celebrating U.S. Independence Day by learning about the right to a nationality (Article 15, Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and doing activities that recognize that many people … Continue reading »

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Making connections

Peacebuilders Camp 2017 is off to an exuberant start! This morning we welcomed twenty 11- and 12-year olds from many different places and backgrounds who quickly began the process of forming community. First on the schedule were ice-breaker games that helped the campers overcome their initial shyness with each other. In one game, campers and … Continue reading »

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2017 Peacebuilders Camp is here!

We hope you’ll follow along with our campers this summer! Here are ways to participate in Peacebuilders Camp from afar: Read our blog. Curriculum Director Marilyn McGinnis will be posting pictures and stories from camp on this blog in the evenings. Follow on Facebook. We’ll be posting pictures and videos on Facebook. At the end … Continue reading »

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