Global Institute may have just ended, but our work doesn’t end there. As our 50 Global Institute alums returned home to put their learned skills and experiences to the test, Kids4Peace was busy getting ready for our batch of 72 Israeli, Palestinian, and American youth for our first ever International Camp at Blue Star in North Carolina!
International Camp aims to begin shaping the minds of 8th grade students by driving them to consider the space they hold in this world and how they can learn to build community with others. While gathering today, they spent time getting to know one another by leaning into discomfort, leaning into vulnerability – in order to gain trust and build community.
“To create a bond, [it’s important] to not create distrust in a community. It helps to build beyond surface level conversations.” Owen, Christian, Cincinnati.
As participants acclimated to their new home for the next 10 days, they had a chance to explore the camp and see more of attractions that the site has to offer — like canoeing! Along with our introspective education sessions, our kids have been spending time getting to know their peers, counselors, and advisers by taking part in different outdoor activities together.