LFFP's Summer 2017 Impact:
Together we experienced, learned, and practiced peace
At 10 peace camp sites , 8 in the DC Area, 2 out of state
Serving 500+ Peace Campers
Training and mentoring 100+ talented volunteers and 45 camp counselors
LFFP awarded 186 camp scholarships
LFFP awarded 15 Zach Misleh Memorial scholarships
LFFP awarded 11 TASSC scholarships
Thank you to all who participated!
Our Summer 2017 Theme:
Peace in Myself, Peace in the World
Peace Camp provides children with the opportunity to explore cooperation and conflict resolution in safe and supportive environments. We teach our campers the skills needed to deal with their problems in a peaceful manner and encourage them to create solutions to the problems they see in the world.
View our Peace Camp gallery here!
Enjoy these videos which display what a typical day at Peace Camp is like:
St. Camillus Peace Camp
Activities typically Include:
...and so much more!
Testimonials from Staff:
“Peace camp is a place where I feel accepted for who I am. There are so many places in this world where violence, discrimination, and injustice continue to be commonplace. Peace camp helps to equip both campers and counselors with techniques to address these issues, as well as provides a safe space in which to learn about and build skills for peace.
LFFP is an amazing organization that works hard to change our culture of violence into one of peace. One of its largest assets is the passionate staff members. They impact the lives of people with whom the organization works every day (in both big and small ways) and they continue to inspire and empower me to work towards creating peace within my own community.”
-Alyssa Luz-Ricca, Counselor, Freshman at College of William and Mary
“Little Friends for Peace provided me with the opportunity to see what people are doing across the country to create a culture of peace. MJ and Jerry and the rest of LFFP staff inspired me with their commitment to teaching children peace and giving them practical skills to use peace as a way to resolve conflict. Sometimes I personally get very upset and angry at the world and how we allow for so many injustices that lead to war and destruction, but LFFP restored my faith in humanity and reminded me that there are many people in our world who are working hard to make peace."
-Cate Sullivan-Konyn, Counselor, Junior at Marquette University
“Interning at Little Friends for Peace was a unique experience. I enjoyed working with the LFFP staff and the campers. I feel that I’ve become part of a new family, the LFFP family. The structure was way less hierarchical than most organizations, and this allowed for everyone to feel important and appreciated. As MJ mentioned multiple times throughout the summer, we are all beads in a string. It felt good working in an environment where everyone worked together and cared for each other. In my previous job experiences, I’ve never seen coworkers care about each other as much as we care in LFFP. Check ins and check out each day made me realize how important it is to ask simple questions like: How are you? Are you okay? Do you need anything? -- we never know what’s going on in others life and someone who cares for them might just be what they need."
-Tatiana Pacheco, Summer Intern, Senior at NYU
From Parents (Anonymous):
“I know that they will be gaining a lot, to help them become a good and kind person.
To better cope with this world, to understand and help others.
Live a peaceful life.
Contribute to the society and the community.”
“I want him to be exposed to non-violent conflict resolution skills and peace education.”
“I want her to be able to solve problems peacefully in a world where we are lacking the ability to do so.”
“MJ and Jerry are fantastic teachers who bring great role models to UUCR, and I love their positive message.”