Peace Camp 2021, Peace Builders: Shaping our World with Creative Tools, was a weeklong experience for children in our congregation and community to learn and interact with peace building concepts.
Daily themes included: Peace is built when we care for all bodies. Peace is built when we share a smile and our food. Peace is built when we care for the Earth. Peace is built when we create art, out of anything!
Seventeen children and their families participated in a hybrid style Peace Camp, with Zoom activities taking place Monday through Thursday and an In-Person Peace Celebration taking place on Friday. Children received their very own Peace Camp Supply Bag, dropped on their doorstep, as well as a Peace Camp Service Project Kit. Peace Camp activities included Qi Gong, cooking peace pancakes, planting squash seeds, and the creation of a peace mandala. An original activity book was created for Peace Campers, but is available as a free resource HERE. As our service project, Peace Campers put together 55 educational supply kits for students in need, who attend Pomona Hope, a local after school program. Despite the pandemic, we were able to create a safe, well-curated Peace Camp for children, which was a beautiful thing!