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PeacePartners, Inc. honors our valued partners by celebrating their passion for peace, their creative ideas, and the wonderful implementation strategies they incorporate.

As we continue to support our partners, it is our privilege to showcase PeaceBuilders sites. Don't just take our word for it. Read about some featured sites as they explored their problems, developed their PeaceBuilders solution, and discovered positive outcomes! We invite you to sit back and explore the fantastic PeaceBuilding events happening throughout the United States and U.S. Territories.


McCambridge Recreation Center - Burbank, CA
Burbank, California is a PeaceBuilders city. The schools, the after-school programs, and the summer camps all use PeaceBuilders. Young people in this city truly are expected to be PeaceBuilders at school, at home and in their community.

During the summer, Burbank Parks and Recreation Department hosts summer camps for the youth of their city. The Summer Daze program at McCambridge Recreation Center focused their camp around PeaceBuilders Principles and activities.

Each day a representative from each of the camp's four groups was chosen to lead the PeaceBuilders Pledge. After saying the pledge each morning, the language was used throughout the day by all adults when encouraging peaceful behaviors and reminding children about the rules. The PeaceBuilders Principles were practiced all day and PraiseNotes were used freely and posted on the PeaceBuilders wall in the camp room until the end of the week when the children took them home to share with their parents or guardians.

The theme on one particular day at McCambridge Rec Center was "PeaceBuilders and Groovy Daze." The youth and staff were encouraged to dress in 70's attire or to wear something that included a peace sign.

The staff at McCambridge Summer Daze shows their PeaceBuilders spirit and their sense of fun!

The PeaceBuilders activities this day included a scavenger hunt during which the children hunted for PraiseNotes and gave praise to other campers. Another activity was called "Peaceful Handprints." The campers used paint to make their own handprints and then cut them out to make a huge display.

Happy campers at McCambridge show their PeaceBuilders attitude and their painted, peaceful hands.

The last activity of the afternoon was called "PeaceBuilders Teamwork." The campers used their cut-out handprints to create an enormous peace sign. It definitely takes teamwork for 80 campers to work together to make a peace sign out of 80 handprints! And these young PeaceBuilders are obviously proud of the peace they created.

Although this peace sign was created at the beginning of the summer, it continues to hang on the gym wall at McCambridge more than two months later as a reminder to the community of the peace built by these remarkable Burbank youth.

It is these kinds of fun, team-building activities that bring children together and show them how much they have in common. The first step to building peace is learning to get along with and appreciate others. We praise McCambridge Recreation Center and the city of Burbank for making PeaceBuilding their priority.

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