A weekend seminar with K4P NH/VT

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by Nancy, K4P NH/VT Art Teacher

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Many Vermont and New Hampshire campers, counselors and staff members of the three faiths met for an over-night retreat the last weekend of January. It was great to meet everybody, whether we shared common memories or made new ones with alumni from different first and second-year camps. “It made us feel part of something bigger!”

The weekend included hearty meals, Acro Yoga, noisy card games, and a movie that led to a good discussion as to its pertinence to our lives. After our new friend Hadil taught us to do a traditional Dabkhea dance, we sang some K4P songs to her as thanks.

Following breakfast the next day, Jill led us in mindful meditation. Then camp director Jeff led a hike across the rolling hills and through the silent woods. Of course, the natural quiet had to be disturbed by a vigorous snowball fight! One camper especially appreciated the Trust Walk game when partners took turns leading the other person whose eyes were closed… ” I felt completely safe, knowing I wouldn’t get hurt”.

We attempted, fairly successfully, to hold a Social Media Flashmob by contacting K4P friends in Jerusalem and the U.S. via Facebook, Skype and Google hang-outs. Such fun!! Then, we worked on an art project for posters to be used in the Walk4Peace, held in Burlington, VT each Spring as a fund-raiser. The new posters more clearly state the mission of Kids4Peace and list our website on the backside.

Here’s a favorite interaction from the weekend:

Jeff: “I asked the group to form a circle but this looks more like an egg. Do you believe you can form a circle?

The kids responded: “No!”

Jeff: “Oh. Well, do you believe Peace is possible?”

Kids: “Yes!!!!!!”

By Nancy Stone, chapter art teacher