Ultimate Peace is now accepting coach applications for Camp Ultimate Peace 2020!
This summer we will be running TWO SIMULTANEOUS sessions of camp.
- One camp will be made up of older, more experienced campers.
- The second camp will be a mix of everyone, but generally younger campers.
Both camps will run at the same time in the same location.
July 3rd — Coach and staff arrival between 0900 and 1100
July 3rd & 4th — Coach and staff orientation
July 5th through 12th — Camp!
July 13th onward — Staff departure
Coaching applicants should be at least a year out of high school. If you do not meet this criteria and you’d still like to apply as a coach, please reach out to Josh (firstname.lastname@example.org) before submitting your application.
Applications are due by February 1st at 6pm EST.
For more information and to apply, please visit the application page.
I believe in the little things. In Ultimate, in relationships, in life. The little wins become a victory, the little quirks become what we love most about each other, the little moments become a lifetime of memories. It all adds up. This is what Ultimate Peace does. We prove that little moments of peace are possible. Even if I might not see the impact of our efforts in my lifetime, those little moments can and will amount to peaceful coexistence between divided people.
I’ve had a little over a week to rest and reflect on my experiences at camp. Yesterday was my first day back at my rather hectic restaurant job, and during my tiring shift of pouring coffee and clearing plates, I had Ultimate Peace buzzing in my head. I was walking around the restaurant in the morning feeling very confused. I thought to myself, “Why has no one offered me a high five?? Are they crazy? Not one person shook their hands at me when I brought them water… Everyone had their, dare I say it… phones out? At a meal?!” I was in shock. No, really. In all sincerity, I didn’t understand the environment that I was in. As I brought coffee and water to customers, I greeted them with a smile and a “good morning!” I was almost always ignored. Despite serving an entirely full restaurant for over seven hours, I think I could count on one hand the number of times someone’s eyes met mine.
Last year I came to camp for the first time. A lot of my life since then has been shaped around UP: both American and Middle Eastern acquaintances became some of my closest friends, and my academic thought seemed to always come back to the conflict. I was in awe of what I had somehow been a part of in 2016. Everything about it seemed so powerful and deep, and that it was solving problems.
As we walked into the auditorium and helped our campers get situated, a fellow coach turned to me and said, “What are the odds we cry?” Without skipping a beat, I turned back to him. “100%. No doubt.”