Campers

“One spark in the fire”

From Jonah McDonald, co-founder… Do you remember when you got dropped off for camp the first time? It’s scary! New people, new routines, and maybe the first time you were away from your parents. I got to spend the first two days of camp with our group of 11-12 year olds, and I’ve been amazed … Continue reading »

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Who are the 2014 Peacebuilders?

From Erica Schoon, Program Director… Day 3 on the farm for me and time for updates as our summer counseling staff has finally arrived! It’s been a busy few days as we finalize our camp rosters, meet with community partners, run errands, stock a house full of food and supplies for 20 people, decorate, and … Continue reading »

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Packing, goal-setting, and closing ceremony

The last day of camp is always bittersweet. Today was especially hectic, though, because those bittersweet closing activities were quickly followed by a whirlwind of cleaning up and packing. For our small camp, the close of the second session means the end of 2013’s Peacebuilders Camp and the end of my summertime on the farm. … Continue reading »

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Peacebuilding is…Service…Global Travel…Art…

Today was a long day and late night. On our last full day at camp, we looked at the same “right to an adequate standard of living” that framed our health care discussion yesterday but shifted our focus to talking about the importance of decent housing. We began the day with a service project with … Continue reading »

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How does health care justice influence peace?

Today we talked about the right to medical care and what it looks like when people do and do not have that right protected. We started the morning with a discussion of health disparities. A few campers volunteered to tell a story of a time they needed health care. A counselor wrote down many of … Continue reading »

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Freedom of Conscience

Today campers focused on the freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. We paid a visit to Andersonville National Historic Site, which was the site of a terrible open field prison during the Civil War. During that time both sides of the war would swap POWs…until the Union started allowing black men to serve as soldiers. … Continue reading »

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Day Two: Who are the Peacemakers you know?

Day 2! We jumped right in helping Koinonians pick blueberries this morning. Peacebuilders Camp hit the scales with 41.4 pounds of blueberries picked! Thinking about the challenges of farm work, we went right into a discussion of our human rights article for the day–the right to work and to get paid fairly. Campers demonstrated an … Continue reading »

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Session Two of 2013 Peacebuilders Camp Begins!

I’m sitting in the kitchen eating blueberries, feeling the breeze from the window (have I mentioned we don’t have A/C?), listening to the crickets and frogs, and enjoying the sweet silence of campers who have finally gone to sleep. The counseling staff today started out tired from such a sleep deficit, but by the end … Continue reading »

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Peacemakers of the Future!

Our final day with this group has come and gone. We’ve seen friendships grow up between campers during the week, and it was sad to see them part ways. It’s also hard not knowing if I’ll hear from some of these teens again in the future. I know the whole staff will be wondering how … Continue reading »

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Peacemaking Around the World

Housing day is one of my favorite days of our curriculum. It was our last full day of camp with the 13-14 year old group, and we focused most of the day on the right to housing. We spent the morning doing a service project with the Fuller Center for Housing helping repair a porch … Continue reading »

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