29TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHILDREN’S PEACE CAMP IN AUBURN
Peace Camps began in 1986 by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) at the WILPF Western Regional Meeting in Missoula, MT. WILPF members, who wanted to bring their children, felt that there should be something beyond childcare for their children. Thus WILPF Peace Camps were born and quickly sprang up over the country in the following years. It probably was the first Children’s Peace Camp ever presented in the United States.
Since that eventful day in Missoula, Children’s Peace Camp was organized in Auburn, CA in 1987 by Millee Livingston and the Auburn branch of WILPF. It has been happening since then, with a few years off for rest and rehabilitation. The Camps have introduced over a thousand young children, in the past twenty-nine years, to the ways of peace, justice, and environmental awareness.
Peace Camp in Auburn is a grassroots program, with volunteers, staff and fiscal sponsors from many community and faith based organizations. In addition to WILPF, most of them are involved in its planning and implementation. The camp typically runs for a week in the summer, usually ending with a commemoration for Hiroshima Day.
In 2010, Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists picked up the program, changed the name to “Growing Peace Camp” and ran the program for two years at the Placer Nature Center. The Camp has been hosted for the past three years at the Alta Vista School in Auburn. The dates for this year’s Camp are August 3-7, 2015.
In 2014 and 2015, the Placer People of Faith Together (PPOFT) has offered to be the fiscal umbrella agency for the camp. Growing Peace Camp has found a home with PPOFT, as one of their outreach programs working to strengthen families and community.
We are very excited to announce that the 2015 Growing Peace Camp theme is “Peace With Our Planet”. Currently the Camp is partially funded by a variety of grants, local government and civic organizations. No child will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Activities will support respect, protection and conservation of our natural world. They will include nature hikes, music and friendship building. Children ages 5-10 will participate in hands on artistic and educational curriculum designed to promote peace in our world (including environmental and social concepts). Other activities include involving Campers with special needs as well as a Camp video project with the 11-14 year olds.
Additional funding for staff and daily guest specialists will make this year’s Growing Peace Camp the best one ever!
For more information and how you can help with Growing Peace Camp, please contact Millee Livingston at 530-887-1775 or email: email@example.com
GROWING PEACE CAMP MISSION STATEMENT AND GOALS
Growing Peace Camp’s mission is to provide an alternative day camp experience that fosters an understanding of peace, justice, and environmental awareness appropriate to the needs of the children involved.
- To teach concepts of peace, equality, and justice at a developmentally appropriate level.
- To encourage the development of self-esteem, empowerment, critical thinking skills and the interdependence of all livings things.
- To encourage respect for the environment and the interdependence of all living things.
- To introduce peaceful conflict resolutions skills and alternatives to war play.
- To provide an opportunity for children of diverse ethnic and class backgrounds to create comfortable, empathic relationships with one another.
- To facilitate in children an understanding of their humanness and different ways they are human.
- To provide a relaxing, yet energizing “camp” atmosphere for the campers and their families.
- To provide opportunities for young children, teens and young adults to learn new ways to interact together that build and strengthen their families and communities in which they live through the practice of non-violent peaceful communication.