Greetings from Peace Camp!
Twelve PVs have descended up Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn for our 13th Annual Peace Camp. It ended up being quite a journey for many volunteers. Traffic in and around the New York City area has been awful. Trips that should have been 3 hours ended up taking 6 1/2 hours, subway rides in took longer because of a closure of the G line, etc. Everyone's travel time seemed to have doubled. Most importantly though, everyone arrived safe and sound and rearing to go for camp. Because people were still arriving, we ended up doing commissioning this morning before heading down to set up for camp. Even though it was a brief service, we were reminded was a special part of being a PV the commissioning service is.
This morning we woke up to rain and much cooler temperatures. From past experience, rain effects the numbers at the camp so we were expecting a fairly small turnout, but were surprised with 24 kids for the first day. It was great to see all the smiling faces of the kids, most of whom have been to our camps in the past. We were also very happy to see many "kids" who were campers and are now too old, stop by and say "hi." That has to be one of the best parts of being involved with this camp, seeing the kids grow up and return each year.
The theme for this year's Peace Camp is the rain forest. (Rather apropos for the weather.) Each group is using the curriculum from the camp in West Virginia and adapting it to their age groups. Another great connection between both site locations!
We will try and post pictures and updates as the week goes on, but computer access is a little more of a challenge here. Keep checking back!