Just as the ripples from a stone thrown into a body of water move outward from the centre, so too the effects of one person acting in and for peace affect many around them, sometimes in surprising and unexpected ways. Conrad Grebel University College’s fifth annual summer camp for youth between ages 11 and 14 ran August 10 to 15, 2015, at the college’s Waterloo campus.
One camper commented that “there are ways we can help issues that may seem bigger than us. It’s meaningful because. . .our opinions matter.”
Many local organizations came and presented to the youth, including Homelessness Everywhere Lacking Publicity and Food Not Waste. The youth travelled to Patchwork Community Gardens in Kitchener and learned about food security in regard to peace, locally and globally.
Because of support from a five-year grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation and ongoing sponsorship from Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Josslin Insurance, and the Kitchener Waterloo Community Fund, Peace Camp 2015 provided 17 campers with subsidized registration.