OTISFIELD, MAINE | The 22nd summer of the Seeds of Peace 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 school officials and legislators will meet with the campers on July 19 during Seeds of Peace’s inaugural Maine Day, which celebrates the work of Maine Seeds across the state.
Later this summer, 180 Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Indian, Pakistani, Afghan and American youth will come together for the second session of Camp.
They will be joined by trained Palestinian and Israeli dialogue facilitators who have completed the eight-month Seeds of Peace dialogue facilitation and conflict transformation program in Jerusalem.
A flagraising ceremony on August 3 will mark the commencement of the second session of dialogue, leadership development, and community-building across borders.
Professional basketball players from the NBA will host a hoops clinic on August 8 for campers from the Middle East and South Asia as part of Seeds of Peace’s 11th Annual Play for Peace program.
Seeds of Peace’s work is made possible by our sponsors and countless donors and benefactors. This support allows us to run year-round regional programs, youth conferences, workshops, educational and professional opportunities, and adult educator programs in addition to the Camp.
Through these programs, participants develop leadership, communication and negotiation skills as well as empathy, respect, and confidence—skills necessary to advance peace within and between their societies.
Media interested in covering the August 3 flagraising ceremony in Otisfield should contact Tim Wilson at [email protected]. Any other Seeds of Peace-related press inquires may be directed to Eric Kapenga at [email protected].