Guest post: Conrad Grebel Peace Camp aims for Global Impact with Local Actions

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We’re half way through 12 Days for Good! Of course this does not mean we will –or should– stop doing good when the campaign is over, a point clearly made by our friends at Conrad Grebel University College. As their post describes, thoughtful and deliberate actions today can have positive cascading effects in our communities and abroad, today and into the future.

horizontal_grebel_logo-webConrad Grebel University College’s annual Peace Camp is a memorable and meaningful summer camp option for youth aged 11-14. This week long day camp is action-packed with exciting new activities, crafts, games, and field trips that encourage youth to inspire lives, strengthen ties, and make peace happen all over the Waterloo region.peacecamp-logo

Last year, a camper came away from Peace Camp saying: “I’ve learned so much that I’d like to remember my whole life. I’ve made so many great friends and counselors I’ll never forget. I’ve learned that sometimes being sad because of a story makes you remember it even more. This camp really made me care about things and made me try harder to make the world better.”

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Equipped with a 5-year grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation and on-going sponsorship from the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union and Josslin Insurance, Peace Camp is a voyage of learning and discovery where youth collaborate with people in different neighbourhoods to help ordinary citizens do extraordinary deeds.

Peace Camp partners with the peacebuilding organizations of Interfaith Grand River and House of Friendship, as well as organizations committed to reversing the effects of violence – Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere committee (WAYVE) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Peace Camp is fortunate to be able to draw on the experience and expertise of these organizations to include people from all walks of life in peacemaking in Peace Camp’s programming.

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Last year’s Peace Camp Coordinator, Sarah Klassen, noted that “last summer’s theme ‘Local Actions With Global Impact’ allowed youth to participate in and experiment with arts, crafts, games, and sports that not only taught co-operation and respect for others in the local community, but in the global community as well.”

Peace Camp is committed to providing a low-cost program to make sure all interested youth can participate and camp director Graham Watson is making plans for Peace Camp 2014.

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