2018 Peacebuilders Camp

Peacemakers Cody and Cortney Southerland of Special Kneads and Treats

Our final group of 2018 campers departed an hour ago – heading back to their homes in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Ohio. We cheered loudly for each other as each name was called at our graduation ceremony. 18 of these 20 campers are returners – some for a third year! Then the kids exchanged contact info, … Continue reading »

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Creating a toolkit for change

The challenge: take a group of 20 independent-minded and passionate young people from many different geographical locations, have them spend a week together talking about the pressing issues facing their generation — everything from inclusion in the arts to mass shootings to the lack of funding for mental health services in schools to violence targeting … Continue reading »

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Peacemakers Douglas Scott and Full Radius Dance

Peacebuilders Camp’s focus on human rights can lead us to take action in support of a wide range of causes and communities. In just these past three weeks, our campers have explored the Fair Trade movement, the Israel-Palestine conflict, health care disparities for migrant farm workers, hip hop and freedom of expression, Malala Yousafzai’s story … Continue reading »

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Planning for peace

Peacebuilders Camp is stepping out of its comfort zone with our third session this year. We’re trying something new, and we’re not so sure how it’s going to turn out. But if the first two days of this session are any indication, we’ve got a very high chance of success. For a few years, we’ve … Continue reading »

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Peacemaker Isabella Pfeiffer

The February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida stunned and saddened our county. But in the midst of calls for thoughts and prayers, the surviving students stood up and took action. Isabella Pfeiffer is a rising senior at Stoneman Douglas High. After surviving the shooting, she and some … Continue reading »

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Peacemakers Jessica Lamb and John McKown

Thursday at Peacebuilders Camp was centered around one of the most stark and intense human rights: “No one should be held in slavery for any reason.” Unfortunately, human trafficking – a form of modern day slavery – is all too common in the world … and in the United States. When slavery is mentioned, many people have an … Continue reading »

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“I feel so powerful!”

Learning and growth happen at camp in many different ways. Sometimes learning happens because of the carefully planned curriculum, sometimes because of the ideas and experiences that campers spontaneously share with each other, and sometimes because of the serendipity that brings eager learners and inspiring teachers together in an environment that fosters exploration and knowledge-sharing. … Continue reading »

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Don’t be a bystander!

During our discussion of the right to dignity, we seek to give campers tools with which they can disrupt injustice. What can you do when you see someone being disrespected, hurt, or oppressed? Campers first discussed the bystander effect: …and then they watched this video: Then campers split into groups of four and created skits … Continue reading »

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Are you up to the challenge?

All of Session 1 campers from Peacebuilders Camp 2018 are home, or on their way. Many are probably napping, while others are telling their families of the friends they met, the things they learned, and the new things they experienced during a very full week of camp. While they, like our staff, will appreciate a … Continue reading »

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Guest Peacemaker Cameron Williams (aka C-Grimey)

Peacebuilders Camp welcomed a hip hop star to camp on Friday! C-Grimey (aka Cameron Williams) from Chattanooga joined us for a day centered around the celebration of the right to expression. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that all people have the right to freedom of opinion and expression. But as Cameron explained to … Continue reading »

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