2023 camper applications are now closed
Attend the Seeds of Peace Camp in Summer 2023
Who: Current 9th-11th graders who have attended or will attend a Seeds of Peace intensive program before the start of Camp
Where: Maine, United States
When: July 27 to August 15, 2023
Seeds of Peace Camp brings together youth of different racial, religious, political, and socioeconomic backgrounds on the shores of Pleasant Lake in Otisfield, Maine, to participate in community-building, dialogue, leadership development, and action-taking through Camp activities including athletics, team building, waterfront—swimming and boating, dialogue, group challenge, arts, and music.
Seeds of Peace began by bringing together 46 Palestinians, Israelis, and Egyptians in 1993.
Now, two decades later, over 3,000 young leaders and several hundred educators from the Middle East have graduated from the Seeds of Peace Camp, including delegates from Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Seeds of Peace now works primarily with young Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian leaders. The program begins at our Camp in Maine, where Middle East campers discuss core elements of the conflict, including the origins of the Zionist movement, the Holocaust, the Nakba, the Occupation, fear of violence, and fear of others, as well as terrorism, racism, and other drivers of oppression.
Our programs continue with year-round local activities focused on the capacities leaders need most to be effective changemakers.
Seeds of Peace offers more targeted programs and advanced skills training as alumni move into their university years and begin their careers, leveraging their unique relationships, understanding, and skills to shift the landscape of conflict and peace in the Middle East.
“Seeds of Peace gave me hope that one day we’ll be able to live in peace—a just peace based on the elements of respect, dignity, and basic human rights and values for every Israeli and Palestinian.” — Adham (Palestinian Seed)