UUFE hosted another successful, three-day Peace Camp last month. Twenty-four campers, six teen counselors, and ten adult volunteers spent three mornings together exploring peace through personal and group activities, crafts, music, song, dance, yoga, and intentional conversations.
We kicked off peace camp with the I-Care pledge, adopted from the Little Friends’ for Peace curriculum. Then Rev Sue told us about the community efforts of a local peacemaker, Anthony Smith who is the chief of the St. Michaels police department. The rest of the morning was spent learning how to play simple tunes on ukeleles, practicing yoga poses, and walking and creating personal labyrinths.
On Thursday we continued to talk about how getting to know one another can create peace. Using the upcoming summer Olympics as a great example of this, Rev Sue also taught us the significance of colored, Olympic rings. Then campers rotated between listening, looking, and writing about peace in nature, dancing, and crafting beautiful peace flags.
On the last day of camp, we all created a community mandala project that will later hang in our RE rooms, ran around the sanctuary playing international games like Luto de Gallo, and filled recycled water bottles to create “i-spy peace” bottles. Later, we enjoyed pizza, fruit, and veggies with families who came and joined in our last morning sing-a-long.
Peace Camp has truly become an exciting event at UUFE. A big thanks goes out to all of the parents who offered donations and snacks, and especially to our volunteers who made this all possible: Rev Sue, Ann Davis, Lauren Harton, Jonathan Williams, Abby Cureton, Carol Meredith, Kristen Wilkerson, Brandy Frampton, Caroline & Claire Southworth, Anna Kabler, Addie Shilliday, and Melanie Young.
For more information about Peace Camp, feel free to contact Patty Hamsher, email@example.com.