This morning the campers opted for a low-key go-getters, and instead of playing a running game, they played cards and made friendship bracelets before heading to the chapel for our morning activity. This morning we did our religious objects activity—the same one we did on Day four, but with new objects. 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. Today the discussion centered around religious imagery and language. We may have done this activity before, but campers loved it just as much the second time around!
After some free time to burn off steam on the field and basketball court, kids prepared their identity statements for Evening Reflection. Evening Reflection is a camp tradition where a cabin gets up in front of the whole camp community and each camper writes their own mini-speech about a common theme. Tonight Kids4Peace presented theirs to the community. Our theme was identity. Campers organized their ideas about identity into “I am…”, “I do…” and “I believe…” statements, thinking about who they are as individuals and as peace leaders.
During this Discovery Block, campers also had the opportunity to create a map of their futures as a community. They were challenged to think about the themes they explored during camp, such as identity, trust, risk, social change, and action and how they would want to use those to build their community and achieve their goals together as they continue in Kids4Peace Boston.
For some afternoon fun, the CITs got to lead their own “Interest Groups” for the campers. The kids chose between outdoor cooking, improv, and gaga ball tournament. It was a great way for campers to hang out with their peace-leader role models, have some fun, learn something new, and even get in some physical activity to help shake any nerves they might have regarding lead-ing Evening Reflection.
After dinner we met in the Council circle: a circular building with a partial roof and no walls, just rows of benches circling a big fire. After entering the circle in silent contemplation, campers shared something from their experience they wanted to take back home; they ranged from new friendships, to skills, and their new identities as a peace-leader. After some fun and silly camp songs to pump them up, it was time for Evening Reflection. The campers proudly shared their identity statements with the entire camp community. Getting to share important parts of their identities with such a wide audience was empowering and increased feeling of camaraderie be-tween all the participants in Kids4Peace.
We are all incredibly proud of their eloquence and young wisdom. Each and every camper should be so proud of the way that they have developed over the past week as peace-leaders and friends, and we really hope to see them during our year-round activities and next summer at another Kids4Peace summer program!
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