OTISFIELD | The 25th year of the international camp, Seeds of Peace, kicked off Sunday morning with raising flags of every nation represented, singing campers’ national anthems and hearing from camp Director Leslie Lewin.
Their three-week experience to sow seeds of peace, she said, would be a “powerful, difficult, beautiful journey.”
It will include dialogue, leadership development and relationship-building across lines of conflict among the more than 180 campers from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, India, Pakistan and the United States. They range in age from 14 to 17 years old.
The ceremony began with waves of campers, linked arm in arm, singing loudly as they walked from the facilities on Pleasant Lake to the front gate on Powhattan Road to raise flags and sing, including the Seeds of Peace anthem.