2017 Summer Camp Application for New 6th and 7th Grade Campers
Ready to change the world while having fun at summer camp?
We are looking for Muslim, Christian, and Jewish 6th and 7th graders to join us for 8 days of summer camp activities on the shores of a crystal clear lake in the mountains of New Hampshire.
In many ways, we are like any other summer camp. But we are different in a few really important ways:
• Our community is made up of more kinds of people than usually live together at camp or anywhere else. We’re from Boston and its suburbs, from different races and ethnicities, and from different 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 campers are invited to join our six-year (7th - 12th grade) peace leader program that meets monthly during the school year and has additional summer programs. In fact, at camp you’ll be spending time with 11th and 12th grade "junior counselors" who have been active in Kids4Peace Boston since they were in sixth grade.

• Kids4Peace not only exists in Boston, but also in other locations in the United States, and there is Kids4Peace in Jerusalem. In future summers, you’ll have the chance to try out your peace leader skills with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian teens from the Jerusalem area and the West Bank. They, too, meet throughout the school year and in the summer to continue building their skills and have fun together.

Who?
We are looking for participants who live in the greater Boston area and are in 6th or 7th grade during the 2016-2017 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 6th through Sunday, August 13th at Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, NH.
Application Deadline?
Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. Contact sindy@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 by 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 http://www.ayf.com/merrowvista

Go to: http://kids4peaceboston.org/summer-program/ to find answer to frequently asked questions about camp.

What happens after camp?
Participants and their families are eligible to join in our year-round program with other youth from the Boston area. We meet monthly with weekend events, overnights, and additional summer camp opportunities all the way through graduation from high school!
What happens before camp?
In addition to submitting your application, 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 13, Sunday December 4, Saturday January 28 or Sunday, February 12 to be sure that Kids4Peace is a good fit for your interests. (If you apply after these dates, please contact sindy@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 sindy@kids4peaceboston.org for location information. (See more information about these sessions in section 11 below.)

In the spring, we have two pre-camp meetings (Sunday, April 9 and Sunday, May 7), so you and your child can meet the other participants and their families and learn about this summer’s camp and Kids4Peace Boston programs.

Cost:
Tuition for the summer program is $900.

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, 2016.

Sponsorship
Some individuals and some mosques, temples, churches, or 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 spots available in the program. Applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline whether or not we are able to offer them a spot in the program.
Selection Criteria
The strength of the program and community of Kids4Peace Boston lies within 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 Metro 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 willing 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 Sindy Wayne, Kids4Peace Boston Executive Director, sindy@kids4peaceboston.org
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