Year 1 – CFP Cypriot Camp
CFP Coordinators organize a bi-communal camps for Cypriot teens each summer. In past years, the camp has been held in the village of Ayios Nicolaos in the Troodos mountains. This old Turkish Cypriot village located in the south of Cyprus has been converted to a camp site run by the local authorities of the town of Pano Polemidia in Limassol district. Through workshops, discussions and games, the teens learn the importance of citizen peace-building. In the words of one of the campers “We went to the camp as two groups and we returned as one.” Capacity for each camp is 50 to 55 teens.
Camp staff consists of CFP alums, CFP parents and friends and CFP Coordinators – all unpaid volunteers.
The camp program includes sports, environmental activities and an oral history by Cypriots who were former students at the school that is now the camp site. A highlight of the week is the ‘walk of history’ where both communities’ perspective of Cypriot history since the 1950’s are compared and discussed.
Year 2 – CFP U.S. Residency Program
The U.S. Residency Program begins with a week long camp in the Washington, DC area, followed by 2 1/2 to 3 weeks of living with American families and ends with a 2 or 3 day seminar back in Washington, DC before returning to Cyprus.
The U.S. camp is held at the West River Retreat Center in Annapolis, Maryland. This 45-acre retreat and camp facility with one mile of waterfront property offers many options for sports and recreational activities. The camp program includes advanced conflict resolution workshops, presentation skills development and leadership training. Capacity of the retreat center is 50, including camp staff.
Camp staff consists of CFP Coordinators and CFP alums.
American family home stays
Following the camp, the teens are transported to areas in the United States to live with American families. The areas in 2019 will include Maryland, Maui HI, New Hampshire, Oregon/SW Washington and San Francisco, CA. While in the hosting areas, they enjoy social activities and group programs that teach community service and environmental awareness. Some of the teens will be placed in areas which also provide home stays for our Jerusalem Friendship Program. These areas will also have a group discussion by the teens on their respective conflict situations.
At the end of July, all Cypriot teens will return to the Washington, DC area for several days of debrief – reenforcing principles and planning projects to be completed in Cyprus.