Providing Education over challenges at summer camp

by Camp for Peace Liberia
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Providing Education over challenges at summer camp
Little camp gather amid COVID
Little camp gather amid COVID

There are several unique attributes about camping that can be replicated in the most challenging situation, like COVID 19. Camp's philosophy encompasses respect, love, obedience, unity, collection of ideals and ideas, creativity, innovation, patience, gratitude, hope, adaptability, discovery, etc.

During the period under review, we felt that the integration of most of these attributes would bring a zero-tolerance to COVID 19.  It wasn't possible to meet in a large gathering during this challenging time in our lives. We quickly innovated an e-message, SMS, social media, and WhatsApp connection to remain in touch with each other. These innovative practices became a possible replacement for our usual camp tradition. Our campers began motivated and felt like being together. Though we did not meet in large groups, we felt the spirit of being at camp through these innovative practices. We played games, debated the issue, sang songs together, exchange gifts, and read our novels together. The name "Education over challenges at summer camp proves to be the real title of this project at this time.

Also, we met in small groups during the period under review to discuss, play, and learn the fundamental issues about COVID 19. This put our youth in a better position to be refreshed and prepared to spread each-one-teach one COVID 19 educational awareness

One participant stated in these words "thank God for camp and camping tradition. It had helped us to be better prepared even before COVID 19 emerged. Those things that I have learned at camp are now resonating very well during this global crisis".

Another participant said quote "if everyone in the world had gone camping at one point in their lives, they would learn these camp values and would apply them at this time. Maybe by now, COVID 19 would be eradicated."

Another participant also said quote "the problem created by COVID 19 is more than the COVID pandemic itself. As a result of COVID 19, hunger, unemployment, increase in other sicknesses, criminality, and crime, human rights abuses including SGBV, rape, etc., have increased. But I am grateful I learned the camp value, and it is helping me to overcome numerous challenges associated COVID at this time".

I will suggest that camping program be institutionalized after this COVID 19 fight. The lesson learned from camp should be applied to solving some of the world's biggest problems. Thanks to our donors who contributed to our effort during this challenging moment in our lives

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Radio for distribution
Radio for distribution

During that period, we introduced an online platform where campers had the opportunity to share their experiences and memories about camp. They also invented new songs and plays that were shared through our platform. During the period, there were no physical activities due to the COVID 19. Still, campers stayed in touch with each other on the platform.

We also launched a radio program called "digital inclusion," where camp education was aired for campers. During these radio education programs, we stressed most on the importance of camp and how to get young people and kids engage to take camping seriously. Parents also had the opportunity to call in and express their commitment to camping as one of the fastest and easiest ways of transforming young people. They said kids are quick to learn from each other, and they become physically and mentally fit when they engage with each other and nature in an open space.

It is anticipated that enough resources will be mobilized to host over 500 young campers at the upcoming camp in December and January. It is even more critical at a time when every effort to eradicate or minimize the COVID 19 can work. The momentum is building, and campers are becoming excited about the coming camp. Many kids and young adults have expressed deep excitement that they cannot wait to get out. They want to re-engage nature, interact with friends, and play again after nearly nine months of staying home. We want to thank our partners and donors for supporting our camping programs.

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Acquaintance walk

During the period under review, Camp for Peace Liberia conducted a one-day camping retreat to rural youths in Liberia. The program, which was the first of its kind in that part of Liberia, was embraced by the local leaders and attended by 30 youths from 12 satellite villages.

During the retreat, youths were taught on building and maintaining self-esteem, overcoming challenges during adversaries, building resilience, embracing diversity, and being tolerant of others. The retreat also strengthened youth knowledge and skills in reconciliation. Recreational activities, including sports, followed the indoor activities.

Speaking at the close of the retreat, the commissioner commended Camp for Peace Liberia and the donor for the initiative. He turned the effort into an innovative approach to building a strong social cohesion. "We need a similar program like this for our government officials and public servants. Such an initiative will open our eyes to see the good in others and embrace challenges as an opportunity," the commissioner exerted.

Another participant of the retreat had these words to say. "The one-day activity has taught me lessons that I would never learn in a year, even if I was in school. I am filled with practical knowledge in so many things to go back to my community and enlighten others".

Another participant said, "we will spread the news about camping in our school. I will recommend that the school make camping part of the extra curriculum activity of our school. I see that at camp, there is no separation or discrimination, no big or small, everyone is a teacher and a counselor."

A donor said, "Camp for Peace, thank you for the great job you are doing. Your inspiration is a blessing to the world, and we are glad that we were able to support, and you are executing real-life lessons and transforming people. Thank you"

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Camp for Peace Liberia

Location: Paynesville - Liberia
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BAbel Learwellie
Paynesville, Liberia
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