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Jul 18, 2014

In US, fearful campers eye Middle East conflict | ASSOCIATED PRESS

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Fighting in the Middle East has made for a summer of high tension, tearful phone calls and unlikely friendships between Israelis and Palestinians attending camps in the U.S. that host participants from the region. Seeds of Peace, a lakeside camp in rural Otisfield, Maine, has brought together teenagers from countries at war for more than 20 years. Its counselors, also from Middle Eastern countries, say they all are united by fear of the violence raging overseas and … FULL STORY

Jul 6, 2014

Read 2014 Session 1 Daily Camp Reports

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Throughout the summer of 2014, we will be posting daily reports and photos to keep everyone informed of what is happening at Camp. We know many of you wish you could join us at Camp; we hope these reports can be the next best thing! Read the latest report ››

Jul 3, 2014

Camp kicks off 22nd summer in Maine

OTISFIELD, MAINE | The 22nd summer of the Seeds of Peace International Camp is set to begin on July 7. This summer, Seeds of Peace will graduate nearly 300 young peacebuilders who will join over 5,000 alumni from 27 countries who have been making a difference across the globe since 1993. The first session of Camp welcomes over 100 teenagers from Maine as well as Syracuse, New York, who will come together to tackle internal tensions within their communities. Maine … FULL STORY

Jun 17, 2014

How to build peace, one teenager
at a time | Christian Science Monitor

BOSTON — It is not uncommon for people to roll their eyes when I tell them I work in the field of peacebuilding. Given that my work focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, people often joke that I am terrible at my job. I understand this reaction: It’s hard to look at the state of affairs in these regions and feel optimistic. Each day brings a fresh wave of injustice, violence, and political cowardice. And yet, I am … FULL STORY

Jun 14, 2014

Toll Bros. craftsmen revive Camp grounds in advance of 22nd summer

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Seventy-five Toll Brothers subcontractors, friends, and family spent their weekend preparing the Seeds of Peace International Camp for its 22nd summer. This year marks the 16th season that the Toll Brothers professionals have donated their time and resources to help facilitate the work that takes place with young leaders from global conflict regions. Toll Brothers, Inc. is one of America’s leading luxury homebuilders and Bob Toll, Executive Chairman of the Toll Brothers Board, is a member of … FULL STORY

Jun 12, 2014

Dexter vocational school students
prep Camp, engage in Seed-led dialogue

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Students and instructors from the Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter, Maine, applied the skills they study in the real world by relocating their workshop to the Seeds of Peace International Camp for three days. The 13 students also had the opportunity to experience Seeds of Peace’s leadership training and dialogue program. The June 10-12 program was the first step towards establishing a partnership between Seeds of Peace and Maine’s network of 27 technical and career high schools. … FULL STORY

Aug 13, 2013

Milestone: 5,000th Seed graduates
from Seeds of Peace leadership program

OTISFIELD, MAINE | Seeds of Peace is celebrating the graduation of its 5,000th Seed from the organization’s intensive leadership program at the Seeds of Peace International Camp. “5,000 is a significant milestone,” said Seeds of Peace Executive Director Leslie Lewin. “We look to reach as many people as possible, and invest heavily in each of these Seeds so that they are equipped to become effective agents of change who are able to impact their wider communities. I am so proud … FULL STORY

Aug 2, 2013

Educators examine ways to teach history that mitigate conflict

OTISFIELD, MAINE | This summer, educators from around the world gathered in Maine to participate in Making History: Pluralism, Peace and the Past, Seeds of Peace’s third annual Educators Course. The two-week session explored ways in which history contributes to conflict and the role history education can play in encouraging mutual respect, cross-cultural understanding, pluralism, and a more humane and peaceful future. “The primary question we are concerned with is how educators can engage with the past in a way … FULL STORY

Jul 23, 2013

122 Maine, Syracuse teens tackle divides within their schools and communities

Second session of International Camp also bringing together 30 educatorsfrom conflict regions to examine ways to teach history that encourage peace OTISFIELD, MAINE | On July 23, 99 teenagers from Maine and 23 from Syracuse, New York, will arrive at the Seeds of Peace International Camp to engage in dialogue, build leadership skills, and tackle intercommunal tensions. Joining them will be 30 educators from regions of conflict around the world who are taking part in the Camp’s third annual Educators … FULL STORY

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