Registration is now open for Forest Grove’s first Peace Village camp in August 2019. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove and the Rotary Club of Forest Grove Daybreak, the Peace Village camp will take place from Tues., August 13 to Fri., Aug. 16.

Open locally to students entering grades six through nine, Peace Village teaches skills in conflict resolution, empathy, creating inner-peace, connecting with the natural world and collaborative leadership through engagement in fun daily activities. The program centers its activities on music, art, nature, mindfulness, non-competitive play and the exploration of media.

Special activities that will be part of this year’s Peace Village camp include a field trip to Stub Stewart State Park, a cooperative activity in building and playing an organ, harvesting, preparing, cooking and eating food with Nana Cardoon; and a service project for West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.

The Peace Village program focuses on four pillars designed to create better community-minded youth: mindfulness (a focus on self), media literacy (focusing on how media impacts us), connection to nature (a focus on how to live in harmony with nature) and conflict resolution (a focus on how to address and resolve conflict).

The Forest Grove Peace Village camp will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will take place at both the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, 2032 College Way, and on the Pacific University campus. The cost of the camp is $135 and scholarships are available.

An online application is available at http://bit.ly/FGPV_App. For questions about the program and registering, please contact Ali Hudson via email at fgpeacevillage@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Forest Grove Peace Village camp is looking for both high school-aged and adult volunteers to assist in varying capacities in this year’s camp. Volunteer needs include instructors, coordinating volunteers, coordinating food, assisting with camp logistics and support with camps during the course of the camp. Lunch and snacks will be provided to all volunteers. For more information on applying to volunteer, contact Ali Hudson via email at fgpeacevillage@gmail.com. An online volunteer application is available at http://bit.ly/FGPV_App.

ABOUT PEACE VILLAGE: Founded in 1996 by a Pacific University student with the support and encouragement of Pacific University faculty and staff, Peace Village Global teaches children, youth, and families practical and concrete skills in conflict resolution, empathy, creating inner peace, connecting with the natural world, and collaborative leadership. By focusing on these skills, we can help address some of the most challenging issues in our communities. The Peace Village curriculum is focused on using the first three classes, mindfulness, connecting with nature, and media literacy to prepare students for the development of real skill with our fourth class in conflict resolution. Learn more at http://www.peacevillageglobal.org.