OTISFIELD | Campers and educators from communities divided by conflict in the Middle East and South Asia, as well as from the United States and United Kingdom, will celebrate the opening of the Seeds of Peace Camp by raising their flags and singing their national anthems on June 30.
Returning campers from each delegation will address their peers, stressing the importance of seeing Camp as a place to listen and engage with others as individuals deserving of respect and empathy.
WHEN & WHERE
9 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019
Seeds of Peace Camp, 183 Powhatan Road, Otisfield, Maine 04270
ABOUT THE SEEDS OF PEACE CAMP
The flagraising ceremony kicks of Seeds of Peace’s 27th summer and its first session of Camp, which will see nearly 200 Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Indian, Pakistani, and American youth and educators come together across lines of conflict to engage in facilitated dialogue sessions, leadership development, and relationship-building, while also taking part in traditional summer camp experiences.
During the three-week session, they will share their own stories of identity, loss, and hope, and in doing so, develop new perspectives and empathy.
The second session of Camp, which begins on July 24, will bring together around 160 youth from across the state of Maine, as well as from Syracuse (New York), Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City.
These campers will explore issues around identity, privilege, power, and community, working to address conflicts within their schools and communities.
Over the past 26 years, the Camp has graduated over 7,000 campers and educators as part of Seeds of Peace’s mission to inspire and cultivate new generations of leaders uniquely positioned to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace.
Media interested in covering the June 30 flagraising ceremony, or visiting Camp this summer, should contact Director of Maine Seeds Programs Tim Wilson at email@example.com or at (207) 458 0417.