The PeaceCamp Initiative (PCI) is an award-winning program that brings Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders to one of the oldest summer camps in America where they forge the bonds of friendship and trust that the next generation of leaders will require if there is ever to be lasting peace in the region.

Traditional American summer camps have, for more than 100 years, created great summers for kids from all over the country and all over the world. The PeaceCamp Initiative takes advantage of that long history of friend-making and trust-forging.

Every summer, in conjunction with the Middle East-based organization Budo for Peace, PCI brings a few children from Israel and Palestine to Camp Susquehannock. Candidates for the program are selected based both on their ability to teach – and learn from – the rest of the campers, and their ability to then do the

most for their friends, classmates, parents, and communities when they return home.

Imagine Whirled PeaceIn 2008, PCI founder Robert Kent won the Ben and Jerry’s “Imagine Whirled Peace” contest. The $10,000 prize provided the seed money to start PeaceCamp. Since its inception, the PeaceCamp Initiative has brought more than 25 youth leaders to the U.S.

My experience at Susquehannock was the most wonderful time I’ve had in my life!

ZahiKfar Yasif, Israel

Ben Avram, Sanad Arkia, and Emil Hazzan – fast friends at PeaceCamp 2014.

Be, Sanad, and Emil at PeaceCamp 2014



The 2014 PeaceCamp delegates – Ben Avram, Sanad Arkia, and Emil Hazzan – were delayed by renewed violence between Israel and Hamas. Delayed, but not stopped.


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