HARRISONBURG, Va -- The JMU Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence is sponsoring a peace camp this week. The theme of the camp this year is 'Planting Peace.'
Abigail Garber is one of 82 kids at peace camp this year. She was here last year and she says, "I just had so much fun, half of my room is decorated with peace signs."
This year director Kayla Greer's vision came to life, teaching a different kind of peace.
Greer says, "it's called planting peace, so we're focusing on the environment this year so we're trying to show the kids that peace isn't just between you and me."
Peace is also between people and the environment. Today campers made instruments out of recycled materials.
Garber says, "plastic bottles don't really help the earth so when we recycle them we reuse them and they turn into something else."
Garber is also learning about composting, using camper's left over lunch to make the soil more fertile.
"It means that we can get better vegetables, better animals," says Garber.
Greer says the attendance is up almost 20 kids this year, and it keeps growing and growing.
"We had to cap it because we don't have the space or resources to accommodate a hundred kids although we would have had a hundred kids if we hadn't capped it," says Greer.
Everything running smoothly Monday, Greer can take a breath. The kids are having a blast as usual.
"Today is like the trial run you know. So we're realizing we need a lot more glue and a lot more scissors," laughs Greer.
This is the 6th year the Center for Global Nonviolence has hosted Peace Camp, which is usually directed by an intern at the center.
Camp runs until Friday.
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