SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) - Area elementary students are taking part in a free Springfieldcamp that officials said is the only one of its kind in thecountry.
More than 220 students signed up for the 24 annual peace campthat shows them how to combat violence.
"We think by appreciating each others difference children willget along and not fight," Nanci Keller, the director of theSpringfield Peace Center, said.
Camp counselors use songs, sharing and signs to get the messageacross.
Even mascots play a part.
"I teach the kids how to work well together, how to mediateconflict when they're young, and it becomes a skill set they learnto live with and use their whole lives," Scott Dooley, AssociateProfessor of Art at Wittenberg University, said.
In many cases the counselors were once campers themselves.
"They taught me how to handle things with my brothers and myfamily and others at school peacefully and I was like okay that'scool," Courtney Davenport, a camp counselor, said. "It's a littlebit better than fighting."
This year's focus is on bullying, something most kids can relateto.
That's why they're learning ways to fight back - withoutfists.
"You can always bring peace to the world," camper Alta Lee said."You can always figure out something if you're in a fight."
All the kids leave the camp with a book and officials hope abetter understanding of what it means to be peaceful.
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