The first ever Beaverton Rotary Peace Village summer camp in partnership with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation (THPRD) was offered for free in 2019 for thirty underserved 3rd/4th graders at targeted Title I schools in the Beaverton School District. Peace Village day camps teach children specific tools to build understanding and create peace within themselves and with their communities. The camp program teaches the Peace Village core curriculum of Mindfulness, Media Literacy, Connecting with Nature, and Conflict Resolution to children ages 6-13.
Twenty-five campers attended the weeklong experience at the Garden Home Recreation Center. Club volunteers assisted THPRD professional recreation staff in delivering the established kid’s peace curriculum with fun learning activities, lunch on-site, outside play and a field trip to Silver Falls. BRC members secured funding through a Beaverton Rotary Community Grant and the THPRD Foundation.
The Build A Peace Village curriculum offers many ways of confronting bullying, making wise choices with social media, and connects children with the natural world. It offers students a comprehensive view of the messages and practices of peace from a variety of world traditions, both spiritual and secular.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peace Village Camp was suspended for summer 2020 and 2021. We hope to resume once it is safe to plan and execute another summer camp.