by Nancy, Art Teacher at Kids4Peace NH/VT
As a global faith youth movement, Kids4Peace has teen alumni become counselors and adults guide as Faith Advisors, directors, facilitators, etc. After interviewing some of them here at camp, I’ve learned that our own faith has been strengthened, both by putting it into action and by learning from the wisdom of children.
Through sharing of faith traditions and dialogue/activities that teach peace-making skills, K4P creates a summer camp experience that is truly unique. In my sixth year as art teacher, it is a delight to recognize former campers who are now counselors. And, last year the Staff Development Camp visited teen alumni at the Leadership Camp in Brattleboro, VT; three of them are counselors here.
One of our staff members began as a camper in Jerusalem ten years ago; he is now an adult Faith Advisor. One sixteen year old JLM counselor wants to continue her work with K4P into college; when friends or teachers make disparaging remarks about her commitment, it only makes her more enthusiastic.
In Kids4Peace, children and adults are weaving relationships into a strong tapestry that crosses the barriers of age, religion and geography.
Together Peace is Possible.