With tensions simmering in the Middle East, a bucolic lakeside summer camp in Otisfield, Maine, took 95 Israeli and Palestinian out of the conflict zone and hosted them as campers this month for a unique bonding experience. Some 6,000 miles removed from the fighting back home, the kids get to know one another in the woods of Maine, hoping that the lessons they learn at sleepover camp will one day help them work for peace back home. The camp, called … FULL STORY
Seeds of Peace, a special summer camp in Maine, brings children together from war-torn areas, in the hope that they’ll see things from a different point-of-view. As Don Dahler found out, the camp is opening hearts as well as eyes to the possibility of peace.
As warfare continues in the Gaza strip, Israeli and Palestinian teens at camp in Maine struggle to find common ground. Israeli and Palestinian kids coming face-to-face at a camp in Maine are finding ways to bridge a divide that has again cast their war-torn homelands into chaos as the international community looks to their leaders to follow suit and forge a peace agreement that will end the bloodshed. “I just knew the other side as being people with guns, people … FULL STORY
Celtics rookie Marcus Smart has spent the last few days helping to bridge the gap between teens on opposite ends of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Smart, along with ex-Celtic Brian Scalabrine and Philadelphia 76ers rookies Joel Embiid and Jerami Grant, were special guests at the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield, Maine. The goal of the camp is to bring together kids from conflict zones through open dialogue and games. Smart hosted a basketball clinic yesterday, as rocket fire resumed in … FULL STORY
NBA players, including the Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart and former player Brian Scalabrine, paid a visit to Seeds of Peace camp on Friday. More than 180 campers from around the world attended the NBA Day event. More than half of the campers are Israeli or Palestinian. One goal of Seeds of Peace is to have an open dialogue between youth from around the world. Scalabrine, who is now working as a basketball analyst, has visited the camp before, but he … FULL STORY
OTISFIELD, Maine | Campers at the Seeds of Peace camp got to take a break from intense dialogues about war and conflict to spend time on the court with some famous faces. NBA players came to the camp in Otisfield to hold a hoops clinic. The 180 campers from areas of conflict in the Middle East and South Asia learned from several players, including NBA veteran and former Celtic Brian Scalabrine, and Celtics number one draft pick Marcus Smart. “This … FULL STORY
OTISFIELD (WGME) – Children from war-torn countries, including Palestinian and Israeli children, are in Maine, reacting to the conflict that’s raging on in the Middle East. Almost 200 teens are at Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield for the three week program. It involves tough conversations between people from countries that are fighting each other back home. The idea is for them to find peace in Maine and bring what they’ve learned back to their home countries. “It’s pretty hard,” … FULL STORY
OTISFIELD, Maine | On the same day an airstrike near a school in Gaza killed ten people, there were teenagers from Israel and Palestine meeting in Maine, singing each other’s national anthems, raising their country’s flags, and planting the seeds of friendship. For the last 22 years, the Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield has been bringing teenagers together from conflict zones. This session, about half of the 180 campers are from either Israel or Palestine. “I came seeing everything … FULL STORY