What is CAMPpeaceworks?
CAMPpeaceworks, a project of Berks Women in Crisis, is a summer day camp for Berks County youth ages 13-17 who are interested in issues of social justice and change; participants in the camp will explore important issues relating to the existence of social and community injustices and violence. The purpose of the camp is to give youth a voice, or the opportunity to share their experiences regarding these issues, and to help them become an integral part of the solution.
By committing to this project, we acknowledge that youth have the ambition and ability to participate in making significant social change. We are aware that creating change requires forming alliances – across race, gender, socio-economic group, sexual orientation, and age lines. We all bring something essential to the table. With this in mind, we are recruiting youth of all different backgrounds to take part in this collaboration.
Dates, Location and Key Information
CAMPpeaceworks is scheduled for July 21-25, 2014. Thursday’s program will extend into the evening with a meal and activities.
The camp is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Olivet’s Blue Mountain Camp - a facility that offers indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, as well as swimming, canoeing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Transportation, meals and snacks will be provided.
Camp is free! CAMPpeaceworks campers attend “on scholarship,” or at no cost.
There will be a Camp Reunion Event in August. The date will be announced.
What is expected of a camper?
Campers should have an active interest in issues of social justice, community change, and specifically sexism, racism, and other “isms.”
During camp participants will be provided with the information and tools to brainstorm a social justice project in which they would like to participate post-camp – in their schools or communities. By the end of the camp week, campers will be able to describe and name those projects.
Further, campers will be asked to actively engage post-camp in an on-going school or community project that promotes peace. They will be provided with the ongoing support necessary to work to accomplish this goal.
Campers will be encouraged to attend the camp reunion day and attend monthly alliance meetings throughout the school year.
Campers will be given the opportunity to apply to come back as Youth Leaders & Facilitators for future camps.
Applications can be found at http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/110211809828...