This article appeared in The Other Paper, South Burlington’s community newspaper.
A Camp Kaleidoscope dad who wishes to remain anonymous shares his experience of the program after attending for multiple years in a row. You can read more about Camp K here.
By Jim Mendell
I first heard about Servas from a friend of a friend. It seemed too good to be true. For a nominal fee, I could stay with families in countries around the world. Rather than being a tourist seeing only other tourists, I had the opportunity to know the natives and learn about their culture.
In early March, 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting the Vermont & New Hampshire chapters of Kids 4 Peace. We spoke with the Regional Director of the program, Jeff Mandell (pictured at right), about his experience working with the group.
Tell us a little bit about what Kids 4 Peace does, and how it aims to impact the communities that it works with.
Lonnie Poland, founder of Experience Yoga in Milton, Vermont, recently held her fourth annual Relax and Renew Women’s Yoga Retreat at Common Ground Center. The retreat has been so popular that Lonnie has added another weekend this year, coming up on March 14-15, 2015
We were pleased to host Full Barrel Co-op Brewery and Taproom's recent strategic planning retreat! Over a dozen volunteers, pledges and investors spent the day diving deep into their mission, vision, and values. They also hammered out bylaws and worked on marketing ideas.
Dear Common Ground Community,
Season’s Greetings to you and your family! I hope this letter finds you warm and well.
At Common Ground Center, we create a space where people can connect across differences. During the holiday season, we find ourselves connecting across faith with a universal message of love, cheer, and togetherness. Participants in our programs and groups that rent our site represent a multitude of faiths and spiritualities, and it is truly a blessing to be a part of the rich community that celebrates these differences.
In honor of our 20th anniversary, we're re-publishing letters that we received from campers in the early years of Camp Common Ground. Many of these can be found in the commemorative Common Ground Center cookbook, which was published in Spring 2014. Please contact us if you'd like to purchase a copy!
(Pictured at right: Camp Common Ground circa 1995!)
By Neily Jennings
As someone who has been enjoying and brewing kombucha for 8 years, I am glad to see it’s been catching on and growing in popularity! Many of our campers are into it, and some of our staff even brew it in their free time at camp.
We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome the recently elected members of Common Ground Center’s board of directors, including two who are renewing terms and three new folks!
We had a lot of great poems and stories come out of camp this year...here's one of our favorites!
A Montrealer’s “Ode to Camp Common Ground”
By Suzy Hanna, August 2013
‘Twas the day before vacation
And our family couldn’t wait
To cross that Canadian border
And enter Vermont state!
We are accepting nominations for Common Ground Center's board of directors. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting, to be held Sunday, November 3 from 9:30 am to Noon, followed by lunch.
By Elizabeth Lorris Ritter
Reposted from Manhattan Times, August 21, 2013
For more than a decade, I’ve been going to a family camp in Vermont called Camp Common Ground. It’s not just a fun place, it’s an important place.
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