Who We Are: The Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm is a unique overnight summer camp in Americus, GA where youth ages 11-14 spend a week together learning how to work toward peace and justice. Campers enjoy farm life, games, sports, field trips and crafts as they learn about human rights, make new friends and explore the stories of peacemakers past and present.
Campers of different races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels; from rural, suburban, and urban neighborhoods; and those with and without disabilities live and work together as a community for a week at Koinonia Farm, an intentional community with a rich history in social justice activism.
Shelling peas provides an opportunity to work together
Staff members at Peacebuilders Camp
Basketball fun for all at Koinonia Farm
What We Do: With support from GCDD Real Communities Partnership, Peacebuilders Camp is able to include more youth with disabilities and to offer more programming that educates and inspires all campers by highlighting the work and heroes of the disability rights movement.
The Peacebuilders Camp’s curriculum is based on the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Each day of camp, discussion and activities are focused on one right from the UDHR. Campers are encouraged to consider the importance of that right; which communities may be left out of that right; and what can be done to expand it for and with at-risk communities and individuals. Field trips, service projects, and opportunities to meet peacemakers and activists offer further inspiration. Each day at camp also includes recreation and free time, during which campers form strong bonds across lines of diversity and begin to understand others’ points of view.
At the end of each session, campers commit to one action that will promote justice and encourage peace in their home communities.