We started the day this morning with a respectfully rowdy game of tag outside the lodge before heading towards the chapel for opening of the day. Everyone sat in a circle surrounding various religious objects from the three Abrahamic faiths. If a camper had a question about an object they could pick it up and ask the room. Campers of the same faith tradition as the object answered these questions, and the discussion was impressively nuanced!
The campers then returned to their interest groups from yesterday and continued on their art projects and progressed friendships with other campers. For the afternoon activity campers engaged in a workshop that explored the idea of multiple perspectives. They were broken up into four groups and were told a story about a conflict. Each group received different, one-sided versions of the story. Without even being told this activity was about perspectives, their immediate reaction was “but what about the other side?!” The campers broke into pairs that ran all over camp looking for clues and possible solutions to the issue, and then met up in different groups with others who had heard different versions of the story and tried to come up with the best solution for everyone involved in the conflict. By the end, campers came to the conclusion that there isn’t a right or wrong answer to complicated problems, but that they need to try to find the best solution for everyone.
Dinner tonight was “50s Dinner Night”. Campers and staff alike dressed up in poodle skirts, Elvis wigs, and all kinds of wacky attire while munching on hamburgers and root beer floats. To burn off some energy before heading back to the lodge, the CITs lead the campers in a game of dodgeball—but with a fun, cooperative Kids4Peace twist!
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