Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G6
Katie Gingerich, The Ripple Effect Education
May 8, 2018
Have you ever been in place/space/community where you have encouraged to try something new? To take risks and leap out of your comfort zone? To build confidence that comes with mastering new skills?
At summer camp, youth often have the opportunity to take these risks in the form of tackling a high ropes course, canoeing for the first time or performing in a talent show. These experiences at summer camp were transformative for me, and were great confidence builders that I’ve carried with me throughout my life.
At Peace Camp, jumping out of your comfort zone looks a bit different. It’s practicing a new conflict resolution strategy. It’s learning how to advocate for an issue you’re passionate about. It’s having a dialogue with someone who has different experiences. It’s learning that together, we can make a difference.
Whether it’s learning from a local peace advocate, or playing a justice-themed game, Peace Campers are exploring how they can create peace. One previous camper said, “ This week I learned that lots of people create peace and that inspired me to volunteer somewhere next year.”
Campers share that their experience shows them how they can take steps toward change. Another camper reflected, “I learned that you can do small things to be peaceful, even though we usually think about the big things.”
Peace Camp is a week-long day camp from July 30th - August 3rd, 2018 for youth finished grades 6-8 at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. Designed to inspire campers to volunteer in their communities, campers will learn from local peacebuilders who have found innovative ways to make a difference. Through crafts, games, guest speakers and field trips, Peace Camp is a week filled with activities and discussions to equip young people with the skills to create peaceful change in their schools, homes, and friendships. This year’s superhero theme will invite campers to discover their own peace super powers, and learn how they can use them to build peace locally and globally.
July 29,2016 - Community Relations - "Bringing peace and conflict education into local classrooms"
WATERLOO - Peace Camp is a day camp and peace educational program housed in the MSCU Center for Peace Advancment at Conrad Grebel University College that brings youth ages 11-14 in the Waterloo region community together to share stories and learn from peace leaders of various cultural backgrounds, faiths, and orientations.
July 6, 2016 - KW Peace Blog - "Peace Camp Workshops: A huge success!"
WATERLOO - The Peace Camp Team is happy to share that we have completed another successful workshop season! The Peace Camp 2016 season resulted in 101 peace education presentations facilitated at 30 different schools across the region, reaching an estimated 3235 students.
April 5, 2016 - Waterloo's Daily Bulletin- "Building peace at Conrad Grebel's summer camp"
WATERLOO- This summer the Peace Camp theme is “Peace in Action” focusing on empowering youth by teaching them that no matter who you are or what you like to do you can be a peacebuilder.
August 26, 2015 - Canadian Mennonite - "Peace Camp has rippling effect"
August 20, 2015 - University of Waterloo - "Creating meaningful, community-driven experiences at Peace Camp"
WATERLOO - Thirty-three excited young campers participated in last week’s Peace Camp at Conrad Grebel University College. Youth ages 11 to 13 were busy making confetti paper mache bowls, playing games, and making new friends of different ages, ethnicities, and religions.
August 12, 2015 - Waterloo's Daily Bulletin - "Peace Camp's Ripple Effect: small actions with big impact"
WATERLOO - Between August 10 and August 15, youth in the Waterloo Region will be discovering community through peace. The MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement’s fifth annual Peace Camp is a day camp run at Conrad Grebel University College.
August 7, 2015 - Woolwich Observer - "Lots of activities for kids … and a different worldview"
ELMIRA - It’s time to milk summer for all it’s worth with back-to-school season on the horizon. Peace Camp, run at the Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, brings together youth for a week of peaceful and social justice oriented activities next week.
July 30, 2015 - "The Ripple Effect of Peace Camp: Small actions with big impact" by Anneke Pries-Klassen
WATERLOO - Between August 10th and August 14th, youth in the Waterloo Region will be discovering community through peace. The MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement’s fifth annual Peace Camp is a day camp run at Conrad Grebel University College.
May 18, 2015 - "Peace Camp will visit over 100 Waterloo Region Classrooms" by Jen Konkle
WATERLOO - This spring, Waterloo Region elementary school students will be discovering something normal and radical all at once: peace and justice.
February 13, 2015 - "Small Voices Roar" by Katie Gingerich
WATERLOO - I love camp. I love the silliness, the excitement, and the community. Most importantly, I love the learning opportunities and teachable moments that camp can offer. Camp provides an atmosphere for growth - budding friendships, self-discovery and confidence-building experiences that young people carry with them throughout their lives.
August 1, 2014 - Waterloo's Daily Bulletin - "Peace Out!"
WATERLOO - This past week, campers and volunteers have been exploring the concept of peace at the annual Conrad Grebel Peace Camp. The overall theme this year was “Epic Peace: Turning the World Upside Down.”
July 30, 2014 - New Hamburg Independent - "Young campers learn how to broker peace for social change"
NEW HAMBURG - There are bombings in Gaza and battles in Ukraine. But this week in Waterloo, local kids will learn to make peace. Peace Camp started Monday at Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo. It's a week-long day camp for kids aged 11-14 - including some from Wellesley and Wilmot - to mix hands-on peacemaking with summer camp's typical games, crafts and field trips.
February 19, 2014 - "Anyone can learn that peace is possible"
Peace Camp is a place to share stories and learn from one another. It is a place where guest speakers are invited to share their stories of peace and peacebuilding. It is a place where campers from various cultural backgrounds, faiths, and orientations have an opportunity to learn from and share their stories with each other.
August 1, 2013 - The Record - "Kids give peace a chance at Peace Camp"
May 15, 2013 - "Making Friends and Making a Difference at Peace Camp!"
For youth looking to make a difference, make new friends, and have fun at summer camp, Peace Camp is the place to be! Now heading into its third summer, Peace Camp is a unique camp where youth ages 11-14 get to experience the same types of fun games, activities, sports, and crafts as any other summer camp, but with a social justice and peace focus.
May 14, 2013 - Grebel Press Release - "Peace Camp Aims for Global Impact with Local Actions"
Conrad Grebel University College’s third annual Peace Camp is a memorable and meaningful summer camp option for youth aged 11-14. This week long day camp, starting on July 29th, is action-packed with exciting new activities, crafts, games, and field trips that will encourage youth to inspire lives, strengthen ties, and make peace happen all over the Waterloo region.
July 15, 2011 - The Record - "Volleyball, songs and social justice -_welcome to Peace Camp"
Waterloo - It’s got everything you’d expect to find at summer camp. Arts and crafts, water balloons, songs and games - they’re all here. But there are also guest speakers, sharing their experiences as refugees or Holocaust survivors. And unique twists on old favourites like Capture the Flag, in which teams must form alliances and work together. Welcome to Peace Camp, a new initiative being launched in August at Conrad Grebel University College.
July 14, 2011 - Observer Xtra - "Giving peace (camp) a chance"
Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo is introducing a new summer camp that combines fun in the sun with a social justice twist. The first-ever Peace Camp is aimed at youths aged 11 to 14. The purpose of the camp is to spend five days helping young people understand how to practically make a difference in their communities. Each day the camp will provide two guest speakers to come and interact with the students by using drama, arts, crafts and music.
July 13, 2011 - Waterloo's Daily Bulletin - "Peace Camp and other notes"
Conrad Grebel University College invites junior youth to have fun and make a difference at this summer’s first-ever Peace Camp. With fun in the sun and a social justice twist, Peace Camp promises a five-day action-packed program that combines the excitement of summer camp with critical approaches to conflict.
May 18, 2011 - Grebel Press Release - "Peace Camp at Conrad Grebel: have a hand in a better world!"
Conrad Grebel University College is introducing a new summer camp that combines fun in the sun with a social justice twist. The college, in partnership with Interfaith Grand River and the House of Friendship at Sunnydale Community Centre, has kicked off its first-ever Peace Camp aimed at youth aged 11-14 in the Region of Waterloo.
August 2, 2011 - Grebel Press Release - "Peace Camp preparations are ramping up!"
Conrad Grebel University College invites local youth to have fun and make a difference at this summer’s first-ever Peace Camp. The summer session of Peace Camp extends from August 8 to August 12. Full-day programs, from 9 am to 4 pm, and half-day from 9 am to noon, are available with lunch provided for the full-day option. With fun in the sun and a social justice twist, Peace Camp promises a five-day action-packed program that combines the excitement of summer camp with critical approaches to conflict.
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Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G6