Goal setting – working together as a team – challenging ourselves: these are all themes of our second day at camp. Wow – what a busy day! We began by setting goals for ourselves. Examples of the many things campers mentioned are: getting to know new people, learning something new about a different religion, trying a new activity, and having fun! Our boys and our girls each had a turn to work together as a team on the challenge course, including the Whale Watch which required that each group figure out how to balance on a large wooden platform without talking! Both the boys and the girls group worked amazingly well together! (Check out the pictures to really figure out what they had to do.) Candle -making allowed campers to discuss the recipe for a successful week at camp, and a session on the indoor ropes course enabled campers to challenge themselves individually as well as support and encourage their peers through their challenges on the ropes course. All of the day’s activities showed that small things make a big difference (to others and to ourselves) when building a community and working together as a team. After spending the evening singing around the camp fire with our host camp – including performing a song for the entire camp, we closed the day by practicing intentional listening in pairs learning why each camper chose to come to Kids4Peace camp.
Oh, and in between all of this we had another fabulous swim in the lake in the light rain! Everyone will sleep very well tonight!
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Kids4Peace Boston Peace Leader Camp has finally begun! A little rain did not stop the campers and staff from having an incredible first day. We spent time connecting and re-connecting, both new campers and returning campers, and getting to know the camp routine. After settling into our rooms and playing some get-to-know you games, we took swim tests in the lake. Swimming in the lake in the light rain was quite peaceful! After a dinner, filled with energetic singing (a tradition at Camp), a treasure hunt helped all K4PB campers get to know their way around these beautiful surroundings. During the evening activity, we shared the story of Abraham’s tent – found in all 3 Abrahamic faiths – which laid the groundwork for the hospitality and generosity we all want to offer each other at camp and reiterated the commonality among our religions. During our “closing the day” session (a time for all to reflect on and share thoughts about their day), many mentioned how excited they were to finally be here after so many months of thinking about camp and how much they are looking forward to a full day of activities tomorrow. The Kids4Peace Boston CITs (counselors in training; all 11th and 12th graders who have been in K4PB since they went to camp after 6th grade) are amazing role models, helping campers get to know one another, leading games, and just making sure all are having fun.
One of the staff members said that the K4PB campers brought the sun to camp even when the sky was cloudy!
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The AMAZING staff and Counselors-in-Training (CITs – 11th and 12th grade Kids4Peace Boston participants) can’t wait to welcome the Kids4Peace Boston (K4PB) 7th and 8th grade Peace Leaders to Camp on Sunday! We have been preparing to make the week at camp more EXCITING and FUN than ever before. We have incredible activities planned and will make the most out of the beautiful setting at Camp Merrowvista (our VERY generous host for the week).
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See you at the bus on Sunday morning!