Campers

Alum Spotlight: ZoraAnn Woodsmall

ZoraAnn attended Peacebuilders Camp in 2014 and lent her voice to many of our discussions of human rights and the struggle for justice. One beautiful part of camp, though, doesn’t happen at camp itself, and that’s the participation of a camper’s home community. Prior to camp, ZoraAnn’s church rallied around her to support her decision … Continue reading »

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Peacebuilders Graduation!

From Erica Schoon, Program Director… I’ve been in awe this week of the transformations happening within and between campers and of their own self awareness of how much that transformation has meant to them. This process culminates on the last day when we go through closing activities, reflect on the week, and conduct our closing … Continue reading »

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Breaking down stereotypes

At home during the year I live a pretty quiet little life, so I often find myself sitting and savoring the bustle, noise, activity, and energy of camp. I love the orchestrated chaos. This week has had so much laughter and sports and music and dancing and singing and silliness. I can’t count the times … Continue reading »

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A transformative week

On the first day of camp during one of our get-to-know-you games, one camper voiced approval for the death penalty and made some comments about how people who kill somebody should get killed for it. It was a typical camp moment with voices of various perspectives shouting out. Yesterday was the day we were focused … Continue reading »

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Camp is a safe space

This group of campers has been remarkable. It’s an odd mix of young people to have in a room together, and I wasn’t sure how it would play out this week. So far the eclectic backgrounds have only added to the group dynamic. One big thing I’ve noticed this week is how big a deal … Continue reading »

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Meet our 13-14 year old Peacebuilders!

The 13-14 year olds have arrived, and our second session of campers is meshing well. We’ve got some very knowledgeable campers, some great athletes, and wonderful personalities. Today we enjoyed getting to know each other as well as Koinonia Farm and getting an introduction to the human rights we’ll be talking about this week. Our … Continue reading »

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The Peacebuilders tree is complete!

We pushed it to the very last day, but some dedicated campers made it happen. The tree is finished! Every night at Peacebuilders Camp during closing circle, it is our tradition to ask campers what peacebuilders they learned about that day — whether from a book they read off the book table, one of our … Continue reading »

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Who has access to the arts?

At Peacebuilders Camp, many of our conversations follow a similar pattern. Campers discuss a particular human right, what groups of people are often denied access to that right and why, and how we can increase everyone’s access to that particular right. This year we followed that same pattern of analysis during a full day analyzing … Continue reading »

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Guest Post: Art & Peacebuilding

From Freedom Rodriguez, Peacebuilders Camp Counselor… Once again art and creativity prove to be a great way to stir the imagination, teach, and inspire. Being a counselor at Peacebuilders Camp for only four days has already given me such a wonderful opportunity to learn and help grow the confidence and identity of young campers learning … Continue reading »

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Full days, full hearts

From Erica Schoon, Program Director… We have emerged from the woods! My clothes are filthy, my skin is burnt, my eyelids are dropping, but my heart is full. The past three days have been packed full. We’ve learned about the right to healthcare and housing and the right to work and leisure. We’ve done some … Continue reading »

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