We awoke this morning to a gray and rainy day. I have to admit that the coolness felt really good, but the rain certainly put a damper on carnival plans for the kids. In all 12 years we have had the camp, we have never had rain on the last day. We quickly made some adjustments as to where the kids would go inside for the different carnival activities, and then we were thrown another curve ball. As we started to head downstairs to make lunches and set up the room, we looked out the front window and noticed that a funeral was getting ready to begin in the church, the room right above where we feed the kids. Knowing that it would be impossible to keep the kids quiet, we moved them over to one of the classrooms for lunch. Again we were impressed how easily the PVs and the kids just rolled with the changes. After lunch we brought the kids back over to the social hall for the annual Peace Camp Talent Show, completely organized by the junior counselors. Once again we were impressed with all that the kids shared. We caught it all on video and will try and upload it for your enjoyment. Once the talent show ended it was carnival time. The kids were free to roam from game to game, craft to craft. It is always a fun way to end the camp. We couldn't have done the camp without the wonderful group of PVs who played a part, whether in person or by writing a curriculum, and the wonderful 12 junior counselors who play such an important part. THANK YOU!!!
After a quick clean up of all the classrooms, the PVs gathered together for one final closing. During camp the kids made a beautiful quilt, so for reflection, we used the whole idea of the quilt as our reflecting tool, reflecting about the different parts of the quilt and the symbolism of the quilt. It was a bit bittersweet, being the last closing of the 2009 Summer Program.
After reflection we went out for a celebratory dinner in Brooklyn. This last dinner of the summer is always a highlight for us, especially after what we feel was a successful summer in both WV and Brooklyn. Thank you everyone that played a part in making this such a successful summer.
** Bed-Stuy week two pictures will be posted shortly **