2018 Peace Leader Summer Camp Information and Application
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Ready to change the world while having fun at summer camp?
We are looking for 6th and 7th grade Muslim, Christian, and Jewish youth from the Greater Boston area to join us for 8 days of summer camp on the shores of a crystal clear lake in the mountains of New Hampshire.
In many ways, we are like other summer camps. But we are different in a few important ways:
• Our community is made up of more kinds of people than those who usually live together at camp or anywhere else. We’re from Boston and its suburbs, from different races, ethnicities, backgrounds, and religions.

• Our campers not only learn new skills like archery or kayaking, they also learn skills for becoming peace leaders and for solving the kinds of problems that keep people in the Boston area and around the world from understanding one another. And we learn all this while having fun and being active in the outdoors.

• At the end of the camp program, our participants are invited to join the Kids4Peace Boston Peace Leader program, for 7th -12th graders, that meets monthly during the school year and has additional skill-building summer programs. In fact, at camp you’ll be spending time with 11th and 12th grade Counselors-in-Training who have been active in Kids4Peace Boston since they were in 6th grade, along with the rest of our well-trained staff.

• Kids4Peace not only exists in Boston, but also in other locations in the United States and in Jerusalem. In future summers, Kids4Peace Boston high school youth have the chance to participate in additional peace-building programs with Israeli and Palestinian peers as well as youth from other American cities.

Who?
We are looking for participants who live in the Greater Boston area and are in 6th or 7th grade during the 2017-2018 school year. Kids4Peace campers are open-minded, like to try new experiences and make new friends, and are eager to share about their lives, cultures, and religious traditions.
When and Where?
Sunday, August 5th through Sunday, August 12th at Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, NH.
Application Deadline?
New Campers: For priority consideration please apply by December 10th, 2017.
Returning Campers: For priority consideration, please apply by November 15th, 2017.

Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. Contact megan@kids4peaceboston.org with questions or for more information.

What happens during camp?
We are our own special program within the larger Camp Merrowvista community. We live in a dormitory with separate floors for boys and girls. We join activities with other campers, from swimming to soccer to woodworking to hiking to eating meals together. We also spend time with just the Kids4Peace Boston community having fun and learning new skills. We share our faiths with one another throughout our week together in many ways, including teaching each other about Friday prayers for Muslims, Shabbat for Jews, and Sunday morning services for Christians. You can see a video of Camp Merrowvista at https://ayf.com/camps/merrowvista.


Find answers to frequently asked questions about camp at http://kids4peaceboston.org/summer-program/.

What happens before camp?
In addition to submitting your application, new applicants and a parent/guardian are asked to attend one group information and interview session from 2:30 - 4:30 pm on either Sunday November 5th or Sunday December 3rd to be sure that Kids4Peace is a good fit for your interests. If you apply after these dates, please contact megan@kids4peaceboston.org for information about an additional session.

These sessions provide an opportunity for us to get to know your child better as well as for you to have your questions answered about the program. If you would like to attend one of the group sessions before completing the application, that is fine! Contact megan@kids4peaceboston.org for location information. See more information about these sessions in section 11 below.

In the spring, we have one pre-camp meeting on Sunday, April 29th so you and your child can meet the other participants and their families, learn about this summer’s camp, and Kids4Peace Boston programs. In addition, all campers and their families are invited to attend the annual Kids4Peace Boston family dinner on the evening of May 6th.

What happens after camp?
Participants are encouraged to join in our year-round Peace Leader program with other youth from the Boston area. We meet monthly for weekend programs, overnights, and additional summer camp opportunities all the way through graduation from high school!
Cost
Tuition for the summer program is $950.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Families will be asked to provide financial and other information to apply for a scholarship or reduced tuition. We ask all families to make a personally-significant contribution toward that amount and participate in a Kids4Peace Boston fundraising initiative to help off-set the balance. A deposit is due on acceptance and the balance is due by June 1, 2018.

Scholarship Donations
Some individuals, as well as mosques, temples, churches, and other organizations have been able to make additional contributions towards the cost of scholarships for campers. All additional donations are tax-deductible. Information on how to donate can be found at our website: www.kids4peaceboston.org/donate.
Selection Process
Each year, Kids4Peace Boston receives more applications than there are spaces available in the program. Applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline if we are able to offer them a spot in the program.
Selection Criteria
The strength of the program and community of Kids4Peace Boston rests on its commitment to members from a variety of religious, racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds as well as different geographic locations in the Boston area. We juggle many factors and no one factor outweighs another as we construct a well-balanced and highly diverse community of young peace leaders and their families. Additionally, in an effort to help youth grow in their awareness of and comfort with people of different backgrounds, we are usually not able to accept participants with prior relationships with one another (i.e., participants cannot usually come with a friend to the program).
For more information, please contact Megan Hopkins, Kids4Peace Boston Camp Director at megan@kids4peaceboston.org
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