Peace Within – Peace with Others – Peace with the Earth
As the birds chirped in the trees surrounding Japhet’s shady courtyard, Mrs. Ellithorpe and her flock of campers sat in a peace circle, reflecting on how they expressed peace that day.
The notes – which might have said, “Conor read a book to Genevieve” or “Peyton shared a quote with Mrs. A.” – were followed by the symbolic tying of ribbon on the campers’ collaborative Wreath of Peace. After sharing their notes, the children sang “Seeds of Peace” (words and music by Lazslo Slomovits) accompanied by acoustical guitar. Camp days included unique crafts like felting (the application of dyed wool onto felt to make colorful designs), playing, hearing special guests and presentations (about Greece and the Peace Corps), making and delivering random notes of kindness, and going on field trips to the nature center.
“If we are to teach real peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children.” ~ Gandhi
Peace Camp is in harmony with Japhet’s mission – to nurture and prepare children for life by integrating character education with a strong academic program – by giving students practical solutions for peacemaking and introducing them to new ideas about the social and natural world around them.
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