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Peace Camp encourages transformative learning

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.

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