Camp application open below
Seeds of Peace will offer two in-person sessions of Camp in Otisfield, Maine, in summer 2021.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, they are targeted to youth in 9th-11th grades living in two distinct regions:
Session I: July 11-28 for campers from the greater Boston area (including Vermont and New Hampshire), the greater New York City area (including New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut), and Syracuse. Cost: $3,000.
Session II: August 1-18 for campers from Maine. Cost: $2,000.
We work hard to make sure that our programs are accessible to as many people as possible. Financially, this means offering scholarships at a variety of levels to all who need them. A link to our scholarship form is included in the Camp application. We ask that all participants make a meaningful contribution to their experience, whether this is $25, $200, or the full amount of the program. We do our best to ensure that no one is turned away due to financial reasons.
Seeds of Peace is receiving public health consulting from Drs. Laura Blaisdell and Josh Rising, pediatricians with public health training, regarding our COVID-19 protocols, and will continue to update guidance accordingly throughout the spring.
All participants must live within reasonable driving distance to Camp and plan to self-quarantine to the best of their ability in the two weeks leading up to their arrival. Seeds of Peace will arrange bus transportation (following COVID-19 precautions with limited capacity) for Campers. These sessions are intentionally available to those within the same area in order to minimize travel and therefore COVID-19 exposure.
If you are not located in the areas listed above, please consider our other (virtual) summer 2021 program options.
All plans are subject to change due to COVID-19. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols ››
What does the Camp program look like?
At the Seeds of Peace Camp, we give young people the chance to be in community with one another despite their differences—sharing meals, living spaces, and engaging in traditional camp activities on the shores of Pleasant Lake in rural Maine.
This summer, we are working with our community partners to bring together youth who live near one another but experience very different realities.
After their participation in Camp, youth will continue to meet with their local cohorts, supported by the United States Programs team and local educators to continue to take action in their communities.
All Seeds of Peace programs are rooted in dialogue, community, leadership, and action-taking. When you come to Camp, you will spend two and a half weeks by a beautiful lake in Maine where you will have the opportunity to live with and learn from your peers from different backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
Together, we will play sports and enjoy the waterfront while we build relationships and community with one another. You will have the opportunity to express yourself through our dynamic arts program, and through dialogue, where we share stories about our life experiences, realities, identities, and communities.
In addition to building relationships and sharing stories, we will build our individual and collective power to create real, tangible change in our communities.