On Monday, we visited the Science Museum in Boston and explored exhibits like the “Human Body Connection”, “Science in the Park”, and a live (and very loud) lightening show! In the afternoon, we rested for a bit, had our last opportunities for basketball, volleyball, and more improv acting together, and then the kids (and staff) took some time to prep for the talent show! The big acts of the night included an expertly choreographed dance by the girls, a song about camp, friendship & peace by two participants, Jacob and Shai, and one of our facilitators, Connor, a dabke folk dance performance by another participant, Adan, and a skit involving a magic trick and a miscommunication–ending in one of our facilitators, Sarah, rubbing a banana all over her hair! The girls and female staff concluded their last night with a dance party on their floor of the dorm–with some sweet treats and home-made popcorn!
Kids4Peace Boston’s last morning together was one of closings, farewells, tears and hugs. Connor told a parable about making change, and not following something just because it is the way it has always been done. Never stop asking: why? We split off into our interfaith groups (Water, Trees, Mountains and Light) once more and each came up with two skits–the first showing a situation in the kid’s lives in their home communities (at school, for example) that would not lead to peace, and the second showing how that situation could be remedied, or done differently. We discussed once more our purpose as peacemakers, and as friends, and then transitioned outside to circle up for one last symbolic goodbye. We were all connected, holding tight to a single strand of chord, which Lauren then cut to size to fit our wrists. Heidi, our Boston Director, presented us with artful books encompassing our time together over the past two weeks, complete with photos and excerpts of the kids’ writing and words on peace. Also, a full list of contacts so that we may all stay in touch!
We will always remember Kids4Peace summer 2012, but we also know this is only goodbye for now. We’ll see you all in the continuation programs, and hopefully at our Vermont Leadership Camp in 2014!
Salaam, Shalom, Peace. Together, we can change the world. As is said in the gospels, the prayers and the preachings… Go out from here and treat everyone better