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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Peace Camp 2014Peace 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. It is a place where anyone can learn that peace is possible (especially if there are cookies involved).

 “At Peace Camp I learned about my community and local actions with global impact,” reflected a camper after attending the week-long day camp at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, ON. “There are so many ways to help people that live far away without having to go more than a couple blocks. I used to think that I couldn’t make a difference overseas without donating money but now know I can make a mat or get some local produce or buy fair trade things to make a difference.”

Peace Camp continues to strengthen its ties in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. This year will see a continued focus on bringing lessons of creative nonviolent solutions and strategies for peace to the community. In addition to the week at Grebel, camp staff will focus on youth in Grades 6, 7, and 8 by visiting area elementary schools and community centres. This year’s camp will be led by Peace Camp Coordinator and Grebel Peace and Conflict Studies student, Katie Gingerich, who brings with her several years of leadership experience at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp.

Thanks to a 5-year grant from The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation plus on-going sponsorship from the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union and Josslin Insurance, Peace Camp is committed to providing a low-cost program to make sure all interested youth can participate. Registration is now open! Peace Camp will run from Monday, July 28 to August 1, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and lunch is included. The total cost per camper is $185. This year Peace Camp has an overflow week. If camper interest is high enough, Peace Camp will run a four-day camp following the Civic Holiday in August. 

To register, visit grebel.ca/peacecamp

“Peace Camp made me feel like I knew more about the world than when I started. Peace Camp is great fun because you make lots of new friends. Peace Camp made me feel great about myself and I can’t wait to come back next year!!” - 2013 Peace Camper, Age 11

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