Peace Camp: What’s your super power?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Peace CampersThis summer, youth in the Waterloo Region will be discovering community through peace. Running for its eighth year, Peace Camp is a day camp at Conrad Grebel University College, and is a collaborative initiative of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, Silver Lake Mennonite Camp ,and The Ripple Effect Education. Youth aged 11-14 experience a week packed with exciting activities, crafts, games, and field trips, all with a social justice spin that encourages youth to inspire lives, strengthen ties, and make peace happen in Waterloo Region.

Peace Camp gamesLast year, campers came away from Peace Camp with a better understanding of peacemaking in their local communities, recognizing that their actions, no matter how small, can have a big impact. When asked about why Peace Camp is meaningful, one camper stated, “There are ways we can help issues that may seem bigger than us. It’s meaningful because it seems like what we feel and do matter.” Another camper reflected on her Peace Camp experience by saying, “At Peace Camp I learned that if we have a goal, it is important to work on it and keep trying. We can make a big difference and impact. It's very important to work as a team.” When to reflect on the best thing about Peace Camp, campers consistently mentioned that they enjoyed meeting new people, interacting with camp leaders, playing fun games, and listening to interesting guest speakers.

This year, the Peace Camp theme is “Finding Our Peace Super Powers,” focusing on empowering youth with skills they need to make peace. Campers will become more aware of how their skills and passions can create peace in their own lives, as well as in global and local communities. Designed to inspire campers to volunteer in their communities, campers learn from local peacebuilders who have found innovative ways to make a difference. 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.

Peace Camp runs from Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Peace Camp is committed to providing a low-cost program to make sure all interested youth can participate. The total cost per camper is $210, including lunch.

Join us at Peace Camp where we will learn how to use our skills and interests to make the world a more peaceful and better place!

To register a youth for camp, register online or contact:
Katie Gingerich, Peace Camp Director
140 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo, Ont. N2L 3G6
519-885-0220 x24205

For more information, visit the Peace Camp website
Twitter: @PeaceCampGrebel

Peace Camp at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo.
Inspiring Lives.
Strengthening Ties.
Making Peace Happen in Waterloo Region.

We welcome media to photograph or report on Peace Camp. A good time to come is the afternoon of Friday, August 3rd when we will be having a camp showcase, presenting some of the week’s projects, and hosting reception for members of the community.

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