August 22, 2022 | 1:30 PM
Every summer Albany Friends Meeting (Quakers) holds a Young Peacemakers Week (YPW), for children in grades 2 through 8, at the Friends Meetinghouse at 727 Madison Ave. in Albany. This year it will take place from August 22 to 26, from 1:30-5:30 each day. There will be an early drop-off for families that need it, as well as a communal supper with an accompanying family activity, from 5:30-6:30. The goal is to foster a peaceful community, starting with peace within ourselves (Monday), then peace in our family (Tuesday), followed by peace in our community (Wednesday), peace within the environment (Thursday), and finally world peace (Friday). This is done through typical summer day camp activities, such as arts and crafts, music, “green” projects, interactive dramatic plays, and non-competitive games. Registration opens on March 1. View the brochure here.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, such as food preparation, driving children who need transportation, and checking campers in and out. Paid staff are also needed, such as teachers (a teaching degree is not needed to run a group at YPW!) and teen-age interns. Many UU families have been involved in the program in years past, and hope that tradition will continue. The website has not yet been completely revamped for 2022, but feel free to visit the work-in-progress: www.youngpeacemakersweek.