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Jul 28, 2015

Hoops stars to host clinic for campers from the South Asia, Middle East

OTISFIELD, MAINE | On August 5, professional basketball players will join 186 Seeds of Peace campers from the Middle East and South Asia on their journey to overcome legacies of conflict and courageously engage each other as a first step to creating change. During the Play for Peace clinic, these young campers will get a break from their intense daily dialogue encounters and learn teamwork and hoops skills from some of the best basketball players and minds in the game, including … FULL STORY

Jul 25, 2015

Seeds of Peace camp kicks off in Maine

OTISFIELD, Maine | A Maine camp that brings together teenagers from the Middle East and South Asia is open for its final summer session. More than 180 Afghan, American, Egyptian, Indian, Israeli, Jordanian, Pakistani and Palestinian campers are participating in the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield. A flag-raising ceremony was held Thursday. The camp was founded on the idea of bringing together teens from countries that are in conflict with each other in hopes of opening a door to … FULL STORY

Jun 15, 2015

Seeds of Peace to kick off 23rd
summer of leadership program in Maine

Session for campers from the Middle East, South Asia, and US begins July 23 OTISFIELD, MAINE | Seeds of Peace is set to welcome young leaders from communities divided by conflict to kick off the 23rd summer of the Seeds of Peace International Camp. The first session of Camp begins on June 29, for over 110 teens ages 14-17 from across Maine as well as from Syracuse, New York. They will come together to tackle tensions within their schools and … FULL STORY

Jun 12, 2015

29 students from Maine technical school apply skills to improve Camp facilities

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Twenty-nine students from the Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter (Maine) moved their classroom to the Seeds of Peace International Camp from June 9 to 11. The group deployed their skills across the Camp, making repairs, improving infrastructure, and preparing the facility for the summer. This is the second year that Seeds of Peace and the Tri-County Technical Center have teamed up to provide students with an opportunity to make practical use their craft in a real-life setting, … FULL STORY

Jun 8, 2015

Over 70 Toll Brothers construction volunteers prep Camp for the summer

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Ready to go with hammers, paint and plywood, dozens of volunteers from Toll Brothers headed to Seeds of Peace International Camp over the weekend to prepare it for its 23rd summer. This is the 17th consecutive year in which employees from the New England Division of Toll Brothers have volunteered their time and resources to prepare the Camp to host young leaders from conflict regions around the world. “For the last 17 years we have been honored … FULL STORY

Feb 24, 2015

Wil Smith touched many lives in his many roles as coach, mentor and counselor

The 2000 Bowdoin College graduate died Sunday from colon cancer, leaving what Sen. Angus King called “a hole in the heart of our community.” Whether he was coaching young girls to play basketball or counseling teenagers from a war-torn region of the world, Wil Smith was always there when he was needed. “He had boundless energy and enthusiasm for life,” said Tim Gilbride, the men’s basketball coach at Bowdoin. “And that was contagious to other people. He could get people … FULL STORY

Feb 23, 2015

Wil Smith, gifted mentor at Seeds of Peace and educator at Bowdoin, dies

The single father inspired young people in his roles as a staff member at the international peace camp in Otisfield and as a faculty member at Bowdoin College. Since before his time in the Navy and then as a fixture at Bowdoin College, Wil Smith had a gift of working with children. As associate director of Seeds of Peace’s International Camp in Otisfield, he had an undeniable ability to connect with kids, whether they came from troubled pasts nearby or … FULL STORY

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