What organizations are involved with MEPC? MEPC is project of Kadima Reconstructionist Congregation, co-founded by the Arab Center of Washington and Kay Bullitt.
Who Comes to Camp? Each year, the MEPC engages 40-60 children between the ages of 6-12 and teenage counselors age 15-20. Arab and Jewish young people and allies, other interested children and families, participate in an activity-filled week long summer camp.
What Happens at Camp? The MEPC takes a multi-faceted approach to teaching the values of a peacemaker through a focus on conflict resolution and human rights. Using fun summer camp activities–creative art, science, music, dance, sports, and language learning–we plant seeds of friendship while learning creative problem-solving. We emphasize our commonalities and celebrate our diversity and teach leadership and collaborative skills.
In addition, local Arab and Jewish community leaders, clergy, representatives from other peace and justice organizations, and talented volunteers participate in the camp in a variety of ways. Many engage the children in discussions, singing, and share their life stories. For young adults, afternoon and evening training programs and counselor guided discussions leaven relationships forged during the day-camp. The week culminates with an end of camp presentation for parents, families and friends.
Who looks after the kids? Teenage counselors and Counselors in Training (CITs) lead groups of campers in daily activities and free time. Counselors and CITs participate in mandatory training prior to the camp to learn leadership, integrated team building, and child-care skills that will prepare them for their responsibilities at camp.
Adult camp leaders and guest teachers are also a constant presence. The organizers and teachers of the MEPC bring a wealth of talent, knowledge, and understanding that make this an important experience for the campers and for building a community committed to social justice and peace.
Are there events that happen outside of the camp? Programs are also provided throughout the year for campers, counselors, adults, and community leaders. These events include speakers, films, arts projects, workshops and social events. MEPC sees itself as a year-round community that supports each other in difficult and joyful times. Because our children grow up together during the summer, their parents are also able to have lasting relationships.