The founder of Kids4Peace Boston is looking forward to a weeklong camp where children will learn about interfaith communication.
“Basically, it’s from 8 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock at night,” said Peggy Stevens. “And I can’t wait. They’re really wonderful to be with, and I’m excited.”
The Kids4Peace Boston is a chapter of Kids4Peace International. The nonprofit group started in 2002 in Jerusalem. The Boston chapter participates in an interfaith summer exchange camp where 12-year-old Jews, Christians and Muslims come together to learn from each other.
“I had never done something that was explicitly about peace,” Stevens said. “But it just seemed like something I should do because I could, and it seemed so important.”
Other camp activities include giving the children canoes, logs, ropes and life jackets and asking them to build a raft. During the building, the children discuss the three different religious texts on Noah building his ark.
“You can talk about learning to get along and what do you do when you have trouble deciding ... or you can build a raft,” Stevens says. “It’s a camp activity, but it’s a Kids4Peace lesson, a lesson that teaches not only about religion but how do you get along with people. How do you solve problems? How do you listen to one another?”
Publication date: September 19, 2014