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BlogCampNew HampshireVermont
August 20, 2015

Camp 2015: Being a peacemaker

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The morning started off with mindfulness, a chance to “open your heart” as Itai, a Jewish camper from Jerusalem put it. The group practiced paying attention to their breath, inaudibly counting each intake and release, staying still and silent for a whole five minutes. Transitioning over to dialogue,…
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BlogCampNew HampshireVermont
August 19, 2015

Camp 2015: Crossing the line

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator A puzzling picture was presented to the kids when they arrived at dialogue. Some saw an elderly woman, while others found a young woman’s face. After some discussion and lots of explaining, most people were able to see both, but then had the confusing experience of switching back…
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BlogCampNew HampshireVermont
August 18, 2015

Camp 2015: Word of the day: Empathy

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The word of the day was empathizing, which one Muslim camper from Jerusalem, Qais, defined as “feeling somebody else’s pain”. Sarah, who was leading the discussion talked about how when we show empathy, we support the other person. The kids then split into groups, writing down stories…
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BlogCampNew HampshireVermont
August 17, 2015

Reaching new heights

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator Mixing things up a bit, Monday was ropes course day! After a few big activities with everyone, the campers went into smaller groups to play cooperative games and meet their ropes course facilitators. Eventually everyone headed off to the woods, working with the low ropes, logs, swings, and…
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BlogCampNew HampshireVermont
August 16, 2015

Camp 2015: Church, Ice Cream, and a Test of Tenacity

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The day started early, finishing up packing before breakfast and getting dressed for church. It was a struggle to get all the luggage packed into the bus, but somehow everybody and everything made it in time to the Cathedral. Bishop Tom, a well-known face from the previous…
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BlogCampNew HampshireVermont
August 14, 2015

Camp 2015: Filling up in NH/VT

by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator The second full day of camp started off learning how to ask for a translation. Sarah, the dialogue facilitator, and Chelsea, the interfaith advisor, demonstrated with a little bit of frantic Spanish. In the next activity, kids stepped into the circle, telling the group something about themselves, sometimes…
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BlogCamp
August 13, 2015

Houston camp visits NASA

by Dala, Muslim Counselor, K4P Jerusalem It was our last day at Camp Allen, so we ate breakfast and headed to NASA and now we’re spending this one night at the Clear Lake Islamic Center. Our big adventure of the day began in NASA. We ate lunch there and we had…
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BlogCamp
August 13, 2015

Roots Day 5: Building a Sustainable Earth

by Leah, K4P Summer Intern The theme of the day was learning about how to “go green”. We spent the morning at Kibbutz Lotan, a small Kibbutz that is just down the road from Ketura. There, we went on a tour of their eco campus where we learned all about…
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BlogCamp
August 13, 2015

8th Grade Roots Camp Day 4: Awaiting the Big Surprise

by Leah, K4P Summer Intern Another exciting, hot, and action-packed day! The highlight of the campers’ day was definitely their movement session with Shuli. Shuli organized a session where they really got to explore their creative side. The unique part is that for the first time, they were told to…
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BlogCamp
August 12, 2015

Half way through Houston Camp!

by Dala, K4P Muslim Counselor, Jerusalem And we’re on the 6th day now, 5 more days to go. Today is our last night at Camp Allen so tomorrow we will be heading to the Islamic center to stay for one night. We had another morning with a birthday and it…
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BlogCampVermont
August 11, 2015

Counselor Prep in Vermont

 by Selina, Counselor/Social Media Coordinator, K4P NH/VT camp 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…
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BlogCamp
August 11, 2015

We will, we will SPREAD PEACE!

by Ariel, Jerusalem camper at NC camp We will spread peace (to the tune of ‘We will rock you’) Buddy you’re a boy making big noise playing on the streets Gonna be a big man some day You’ve got Ketchup on your face Amazing grace Spreading the peace all over…
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BlogCampSeattle
August 10, 2015

“All we need is here…”

by Dagan, Jerusalem Jewish Advisor, Seattle Camp “All we need is here…” This chant (led by our Christian faith advisor Malcolm) has become one of our camp’s many anthems.  I found myself contemplating the meaning of these simple words, and would like to share my thoughts with you on this blog…
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BlogBostonCamp
August 9, 2015

Boston trip 2015!

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Another exciting, action-packed day at Kids4Peace! After an early start and a sad goodbye to Camp Merrowvista, our home for the last 8 days, we loaded our bags onto the bus and headed back down to Boston. The amazing singing talent of our kids was showcased…
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BlogCamp
August 9, 2015

8th Grade Roots Camp Day 1: This is the Desert!

by Leah, K4P Summer Intern It was an incredible and action packed first day at Roots Camp! We began the day at the Kids4Peace office at 6:30am. The kids came energetic as ever, hugging all their friends, singing songs, and eager to get down to Kibbutz Ketura. After a three…
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BlogBostonCamp
August 9, 2015

Grateful in Boston

We spent the morning reflecting on our time here together through a camp-wide scavenger hunt that reminded us of everything we have done and worked on so far. Hidden on trees and rocks and by buildings and benches, campers found slips of paper with words and themes from our week, such as…
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BlogCamp
August 9, 2015

Peace can be a heavy weight, but if we all carry it together it can be a wonderful gift.

by Bar, Jewish Faith Advisor, Houston Camp Today is a beautiful, cool morning with the birds singing, the sun coming out of the trees and the lake begins to shine bright. We have some nice ladies in the kitchen, who welcome us each day with their smiles. Some of the campers dressed…
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BlogCampSeattle
August 7, 2015

Giving Thanks in Seattle

by Emily Holm, Kids4Peace Intern Eagerly awaiting our kids, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. After a record-breaking Northwest heat wave, it seemed as though the sky gave a sigh of relief on August 5th, bringing forth clouds, sprinkles of rain, and the perfect cool breeze for moving heavy suitcases into new…
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BlogBostonCamp
August 6, 2015

Soccer, cheer, talent and more in Kids4Peace Boston

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Soccer before breakfast has become the usual. Everyone has learned where to find the Kosher, Halal, and vegetarian food options. We are all ready for the moment of silence before our meals, and we wait expectantly for the song challenges when camp finishes lunch and dinner. In…
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AtlantaBlogCampUpdates
August 6, 2015

Bringing a Message of Peace to Washington, DC

by DanDan, Kids4Peace Intern Last weekend, a group of yellow backpacks broke through the gray monotony of the stately buildings and rising monuments of Washington DC. Carrying the message “Together, Peace is Possible” through the wide tree-lined streets, they were enough to cause a few passerby to stop and ask…
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BlogBostonCamp
August 5, 2015

The Great Hike

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Yesterday was such a full day that we all had no choice but to fall asleep early and catch up on some much needed ZzzZZzzzz’s.  Our legs were happy for this extra rest since they did the hard work of hiking us all the way to…
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BlogBostonCamp
August 5, 2015

#dayinthelife of a #k4pkid

 Can you believe that just one day at camp can hold all of this: - Sharing our sacred objects and learning from each other why they are important. - Kosher chocolate chip pancakes! - Sitting and listening to one another with care and intention.  Learning how to hear someone else’s pain and to heal together. - Feeling, firsthand, how…
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BlogBostonCamp
August 3, 2015

Helping hands, Warm heart, Vivid seeing, Searching feet

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director It was another incredible day at Kids4Peace Camp – busy and full of meaning and FUN! We woke up happy and full of energy. The boys even got ready fast enough to play soccer before breakfast. It is amazing to see everyone engaging together, taking risks…
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BlogCamp
August 3, 2015

Tearful last day of Leadership Camp (K4P & JPB)

by Jiries, Christian Counselor, Jerusalem The boys woke up at 6am to finish packing their bags and getting ready for the last day’s activities. They showed each other the various gifts they bought for themselves and for their parents and siblings, right before putting them into their bags. Once they…
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BlogBostonCamp
August 2, 2015

Rock, Paper, Scissors, RAFT!

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director It was a perfect day in New Hampshire!  The sky was blue, a breeze kept the kids cool, and the lake sparkled in the sunshine. You’d never know these kids met each other only 3 days ago. Together, they sang (loudly) and laughed at meals, used photos…
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BlogCamp
August 2, 2015

Too much watermelon at Leadership Camp – JPB and K4P

by Lana (Muslim) and Yosef (Jewish), USA participants We woke up to a cloudy Saturday morning with all of us feeling tired and sad about leaving the next day. After breakfast, we split into three groups to complete our peace plans. Next, we completed our skits with Court. The skits…
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AtlantaBlogCamp
July 31, 2015

Journeying

by Rachel, American Christian Advisor, North Carolina Our group also asked a question about the hijabs or headscarves that many Muslim women wear. The Imam pointed out that people cover their heads in many traditions including Mary, mother of Jesus, who is almost always pictured with her head covered. He…
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BlogBostonCamp
July 31, 2015

Woodshop, Archery, and a Blueberry Bush

by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director Friday was an amazing day! In the morning we selected activities that we wanted to do. Some of us went to the woodworking shop, others went to archery, and some chose to make challah bread for our celebration of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath). Others of us…
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BlogCamp
July 31, 2015

Learning. Service. Sharing. Prayer.

by Yosef, Jewish, USA participant Today all the boys woke up at 7:30 AM, because we forgot to set an alarm for 6:30 AM for the morning run. After breakfast, we painted our masks. Each of these unique masks took shape along the contours of our faces. Likewise, the painting…
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AtlantaBlogCamp
July 31, 2015

“Seeing Beyond Myself”

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, North Carolina After rock climbing this morning and a break for lunch, the 6th graders went to their daily Discovery session. The first activity involved everyone writing their names on mirrors. Then the campers got to choose someone else’s mirror and look at their reflections…
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BlogCamp
July 31, 2015

Day 8 at Leadership Camp (JPB & K4P)

by David, Jewish participant, Jerusalem Jiries woke me up this morning at 7 AM, so I decided I might as well go and take a morning shower to wake me up instead of lying bleary-eyed in bed. When I got back to the yurt (Tent) I was already wide-awake most…
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AtlantaBlogCamp
July 30, 2015

Speak Your Truth

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser, NC 6th grade camp This morning we said goodbye to the LEAP campers and staff as they boarded a bus for a long 8-hour drive to Washington, DC. There were more than a few tears shed as we said goodbye to the many friends…
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BlogCamp
July 30, 2015

A day of courage for Leadership: K4P & JPB

by Nicole and Ayyoub, Muslim Participants, Jerusalem and USA Today we started the morning with delicious waffles. After that we had a Courage workshop put on by the junior counselors, Jiries and Christina. During the workshop, we had to admit our own fears to ourselves, and then some people admitted them…
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July 29, 2015

Mapping Home

by Rachel, American Christian Faith Adviser for NC Camp This morning the 6th grade campers went on a hike on Eagle Rock trail with Jill, some Camp Bob staff and faith advisers. They climbed a mountain to a scenic overlook where they could reflect on the theme of the day:…
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