An Ending and a Beginning

The two weeks of Peacebuilders Camp 2020 have flown by! Each day has been filled to the brim with learning, creating, thinking, sharing, laughing, and discovering new skills. Today was a day of tying up loose ends, reflecting on our time together, and focusing on next steps. Our theme for the day came from Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which tells us that we all have responsibilities to our communities. We are confident that this group of campers is more than ready to embrace those responsibilities!

Campers collaborated to create affirmations for each other in the form of “word clouds.” Using an online tool, each camper listed the attributes they’ve seen in each of their peers. The resulting word collages compiled all the responses, with the size of each word representing the number of times a particular adjective was named. At our end-of-camp celebration tonight, campers were surprised and pleased to know how positively they are regarded by their new friends.

A highlight of of the day was viewing the videos that groups of campers created last weekend with the help of musicians/artists Jessica Kion and Ben Levin. We were blown away by the creativity evident in these videos, which included an original song about racial injustice, a comic about LGBTQ+ rights leader Marsha P. Johnson, and a narrated slideshow about homelessness. Through Ben and Jessica’s generosity, campers were also able to choose organizations to support that work in these three areas. Donations will be sent to Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County, Nicholas House in Atlanta, and Kaliedoscope International Trust.

It would be a sad thing indeed to have to say goodbye to this amazing group of campers, but luckily, we’ll be reconvening in a couple of weeks to start work on an exciting new project. Stay tuned for news about the meaningful work these campers will be doing in response to the problem of homelessness that they see in their communities. Even though camp is over, the impact our campers will make on the world is just beginning!

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