On our third day of camp, campers woke up their minds with a mental go-getters. Instead of a physical activity to start the day like usual, we played a word game called Convergence. In the nondenominational chapel, campers were introduced to the theme of the day, identity, during our opening of the day. Campers and staff were asked to make a name tag and think of three true facts about themselves during a minute of silence; campers chose everything from hobbies, likes and dislikes, to their backgrounds and identities. Everyone then found a person to share their facts with and listen to hear theirs. After listening to each other, the campers then switched name tags and assumed the identity of the new name tag they were wearing. After multiple switches, it was hard to convey all the facts accurately!
Breakfast this morning was “silent breakfast” at camp. No one was allowed to speak during the meal from the moment we walked through the doors until it was time to clean up. Campers struggled to mouth, “pass the pancakes!”, and make sweeping hand signals, desperately trying to communicate that they needed milk for their cereal, but it was a cool experience! After the silence broke, we met up in our faith groups, groups of just people of their own faith. We discussed our plans for later in the week to show and teach about our religious traditions. Muslims will be doing Ju’mah prayers, Jewish campers will do some Shabbat prayers, and Christians, a church service.
Campers then joined the larger camp community for “interest groups” (IGs). Interest groups are fun activities that range from swimming, to survival classes, improv, and soccer, to arts and crafts like pillow making and clay. After interest groups we headed to a regular, noisy lunch. The campers enjoyed a restful EZ time, a quiet period after lunch where campers can nap or do quiet activities like make friendship bracelets.
For our afternoon activity we met up in the chapel to learn about being a peace leader. Everyone started off by playing a famous peace leader guessing game, and then divided into their small groups, known as Peace Pods, to discuss what being a peace leader means to them individually. Campers demonstrated to the rest of the group what they came up with as their ‘best-self peace leader’ using silly costumes that were a fun way to show some much deeper thinking about what it means to be a peace leader.
Swimming time was sadly cancelled due to weather, but it gave campers some free time in the lodge to chat, play games and make friendship bracelets—they made the best of a rainy situation! The campers then attended a camp fire with the rest of the camp, where we preformed “We Can See That Peace Is Coming” in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Everyone participated in camp songs songs sung by other groups that started out rowdy and exciting, and crescendoed into quiet songs as bedtime approached.
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