by Matt Loper, Kids4Peace Boston Director
The Jerusalem campers arrived yesterday evening and headed right to camp in the Lake Region of New Hampshire. This morning most were up early – very early –because 6 AM in New Hampshire is lunch time in Jerusalem. Early risers played soccer, learned how to make origami boxes, and enjoyed the tall trees and view of the lake from our back porch.
Then we had a Crazy Dinner! That’s just one of the activities that filled our day today. At Camp Merrowvista, twice every summer all 200 campers and staff dress in their craziest clothes for dinner, and Kids4Peace was part of the celebration this evening. Mismatched clothes, silly hair arrangements and a visit to the camp costume closet prepared us to be part of the fun. Not only all of that, but we also had pizza for dinner!
Earlier in the day, the Boston kids arrived to join their soon-to-be-friends from Jerusalem. In Kids4Peace we call roommates “peace pals” and each room has kids from Jerusalem and kids from Boston and each room has at least one Muslim, Christian, and Jew. To get to know one another, we played games with names like knankle bopper and dragon tail tag. The boys were challenged by an activity called “Whale Watch” which required all of them to balance on a large board on a fulcrum that rotates 360 degrees. At the same time the girls had a “Giant Swing” challenge where they had to work together to get their whole group from one area to another.
We also spent some time in religious groups getting ready for Ju’umah prayer (Muslim Friday prayers), Shabbat (Jewish Sabbath), and a Christian Sunday morning service.
It’s been a wonderful first day and we’re looking forward to swimming in the lake tomorrow!
Check out our photo album from this awesome day at: Kids4Peace Boston – Day 1 Album!