“Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life.” – Joni Eareckson Tada
We welcomed the start of day four by thinking about the meaning of “perspective:” What it is and, more importantly, why it matters in our day-to-day lives. We gathered with our different faith groups for the final time after breakfast and joined our host-camp to continue taking part in interest group activities. Before returning to the E-Lo (Eating Lodge) for lunch, Kids4Peace Boston campers were joined by our founder, Peggy Stevens, and our Board President, Bob Lurie, who both spent the day observing our campers grow as peace leaders.
In the afternoon, our campers came together for an activity called “Privilege for Sale.” After being given a list of twenty statements describing privileges, campers, teaming up with their Peace Pods (small groups), were asked to roll a pair of dice in order to determine how many statements they could choose from the list; some Peace Pods were able to choose nearly twelve of the twenty privileges, while some could only choose two or three. Deliberating over consequential statements such as “I am able to feel safe walking alone at night” and “I am comfortable interacting with law enforcement,” our Peace Leaders were required to make difficult decisions about which privileges they would select over others. We found that, much like our activity, our individual privilege, and the quantities in which it comes, is also a matter of chance. One camper articulately noted that “we all become blind to our privileges when we don’t have to worry about them. Just because these things don’t affect us, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t important.”
Campers were able to end their afternoon with time at the Waterfront and their evening with a colorful game of Capture-the-Flag, organized and led entirely by K4PB counselors-in-training! Before heading off to bed, we roasted some delicious, halal and kosher-friendly s’mores around a campfire. Telling stories, singing songs, and watching the stars, we spent time reflecting on our community and values. With only two full days left, our Peace Leaders are striving to make the most out of every moment they have left together!
Check out photos from the day here.