Registration for the third annual Cincinnati Kids4Peace Interfaith Day Camp is open, and we still have plenty of spaces.

Kids4Peace International is a grassroots interfaith youth movement that began in Jerusalem in 2002. In 2016, our Cincinnati Chapter was privileged to become one of the first Kids4Peace Interfaith Day Camp programs in the US.

The basic core values of the organization remain constant, with a greater focus on social change, and empowering our youth to become influential leaders for peace:

  • Diversity in family background, political perspectives and religious practices.
  • Equality among women and men, religions and cultures
  • Sensitivity toward the pain, struggle and risk of living together
  • Spirituality as a source of strength, courage, and wisdom
  • Connectivity across our global community
  • Respect for the experiences, beliefs, and choices of others including those most different

The Cincinnati Interfaith Day Camp brings together Christian, Jewish and Muslim middle school kids to explore each other’s religions and cultures. The kids utilize many specific exercises and dialogue sessions to learn about other religions, equality, social justice, and the skills necessary to build peace within our local communities. During the five-day program, kids will have the opportunity to visit a church, mosque and synagogue, as well as volunteer for a local social action organization.

Utilizing fun games, and activities of music and art, along with dialogue sessions, the kids will make new friends while developing mutual respect, listening and communication skills, and building trust. The kids will become empowered to stand with each other and bring people together to advocate for social justice.

Since our first program in 2016, our program has increased as students are able to return to each season to build on their peacemaking skills. The returning students participate in leading some of the classes for the new students. One student commented that he really liked having some of the “kids” teaching the sessions, because the kids sometimes have different ideas than the adults. Another student commented that when she comes to Kids4Peace, she feels like she has “come home”.

The program is dependent upon building lasting friendships and has developed a year-round program of additional experiences to maintain new friendships and build on skills learned in camp. As students mature they can participate in additional Kids4Peace International programs. This season three of our older students will be attending the Kids4Peace international program in North Carolina. We are anxious to have them return and share their experience.

The camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at a variety of interesting locations. The cost is $150. Scholarships are available.

Register now at k4p.org/summerprograms for this unique interfaith experience and learn to become a team of “peace builders”.

For additional information, contact our new camp director Adam Hayden at cincinnati@k4p.org. Adam will be happy to talk with you to explain the program and answer any questions or concerns.

The Chapter Lead for Kids4Peace Cincinnati is Judy A. Chamberlain RN MSN, a member Christ Church Cathedral. Connect with Judy at cjbconsultants@fuse.net.

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