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Human Rights Camp
The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights facilitates a "Human Rights Camp." The purpose of the camp is to alleviate hate that is fueled by fear and ignorance, with interaction and education. The program is designed to bring together students from diverse racial, cultural, religious, ethnic and/or socio-economic backgrounds for a weekend experience in interracial and intercultural understanding. The camp takes place twice annually, in the spring and fall, at the YMCA's Camp Letts facility in Edgewater, Maryland (near Annapolis). Registration is opened to all fifth grade students who attend Montgomery County Public Middle Schools. Twenty (20) students (10 boys and 10 girls) are selected to participate in the three-day session. The criteria for attending the camp is based upon students who have consistently demonstrated small (and large) acts of kindness and respect for alienated or neglected students and/or community members or people who may be perceived as "different". The following student behavior criteria may be considered, in addition to those who have an interest in diversity, tolerance, or human rights: actions or words used which have broken barriers between groups; the increase of representation or inclusion of under-represented groups in activities; the healing of divisiveness among groups; any responsible action to promote respect and bridge differences; moral stances on issues that might otherwise have been neglected; initiative taken to modify existing programs or projects; and responsiveness to current school and community needs. Teachers, counselors, and administrators may also recommend students who have exhibited a need in diversity, tolerance education, or bully aversion training. For more information, see Human Rights Camp URL below. An application link for admission to the Human Rights Camp can be found there.
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