Counselor Prep in Vermont

 by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator, K4P NH/VT camp

8-10-15 (E)8-10-15 (I)Monday, August 10th was a full day of working hard and building group moral for the VT/NH staff. Individuals had trickled in throughout the previous day, including a big van from Boston bringing the Jerusalem Counselors and one of our lovely cooks Debby.

They arrived too late at night to really meet anybody until the next morning. The tone of our work together was set after breakfast, sitting down to make trilingual nametags.

Counselors passed around napkins and scrap paper, practicing the Hebrew and Arabic spellings of their names, comparing translations and decorating their individual papers. Later the group paired off to tell each other their life stories.

Experiences ranged from childhood in Jerusalem, coming to U.S. for a high school exchange program, leaving Iraq and immigrating to Jordan and later the U.S., doing peace work in Nicaragua, participating in interfaith travels and much, much more.

Between stories, staff members found comfort in each other’s company, breathing together, sharing weight, laughing and sharing.

In the afternoon, counselors eagerly donned Kids4Peace T-shirts, split into groups, and worked on logistics for the kids’ arrival. Signs were hung, floor plans were drawn, schedules were written out, spaces were set up… in other words, much was accomplished!

The late afternoon included time to visit a nearby park, play soccer, explore the waterfront, or participate in an outdoor yoga class benefitting Kids4Peace. It was a long day, but one that gave us all the chance to set good intentions for the upcoming camp.