Leadership Camp – Brattleboro, VT

Jerusalem Peacebuilders

The Leadership Camp at Acer Farm brings together young American, Israeli, and Palestinian teens with the focus of creating a new generation of peace builders in the world.  The camp takes place over the course of two weeks in Brattleboro, VT at Acer Farm.  The campers participate in intensive Leadership and Peace building activities and instruction.  The youth also engage in dialogue and discussion sessions about their views and opinions towards peace in the Holy Land.

Our unique program aims to change the trajectory of twelve campers’ lives.  Our goals are threefold:

  1. To develop greater responsibility, initiative, self-expression, communal awareness and good will in each individual.
  2. To deepen personal, national, and religious connections between American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth.
  3. To strengthen the campers personally, intellectually, and spiritually to be effective leaders and peacemakers for a positive future beyond the status quo.

The Leadership Camp focuses on developing that new thinking in our campers.  Our daily leadership seminars teach positive communication and conflict management skills.  Regular group counseling and sessions with guest educators contributes to the goal of enhancing critical thinking and reflection as individuals and as a group.  The goal is to promote new thinking that births the new behavior needed to break out of the deadly cycle of inherited conflict and foregone conclusions.

The peace of Jerusalem will be built on the trust between two peoples and three faiths.  The Leadership Camp’s small size, high adult to camper ratio, daily routines, recreational, and religious programs concentrates on deepening those essential relationships.  Since religion is the foundation of culture and self, we believe that understanding and respecting each other’s faith offers powerful resources for peace building.

The peace of Jerusalem requires resourceful leadership and the Leadership Camp challenges our Muslim, Christian, and Jewish teens to learn their limits as leaders and challenged to expand those limits.  Integrated rooming arrangements, praying and playing together, and many a late night conversation help them recognize their fears and prejudices, strengths and weaknesses, and overall potential.

Upon arrival to Acer Farm, the youth are prepared to embark on a journey for peace.  Through our exceptional program, the youth gain invaluable insights into peace and conflict in the Holy Land.  They learn from each other that peace requires strength.  At the conclusion of the camp, a strong foundation for peace is built through deepened relationships, mutual respect, and the understanding of others.