October is a busy month at Peacemaker Resources because that is when we hold our STAR Camps. STAR, which stands for "Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect," is a program designed to increase the social and emotional skills of 6th & 7th graders (called "STAR Teams") while teaching them how to present those skills to their families, peers, and younger children.
What happens at STAR Camp? Lots of learning! And lots of fun! Students stay at Concordia Language Villages in nice cabins; they get to eat delicious meals prepared by the Concordia cooks; and they are surrounded by the beauty of nature. Camp is action-packed with experiences including drumming and lots of games that teach skills in conflict styles, perspective, I-statements, appreciating diversity, being an Upstander, and self-regulation. Students "Teaching Attitudes of Respect" means they will leave STAR Camp equipped to teach these skills to others. STAR Teams give presentations to classes in their schools, groups in their communities, and one STAR Team even presented at the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Fourteen school districts are participating in STAR this year: