Thank You!

The weeks immediately after camp are always a bit strange. Making the gear shift from the halcyon days of camp to anything else is an intense change.

Camp Ultimate Peace 2017 was truly the best camp ever. For a week we truly created a unique world. We created the world we want to see expanded across the entire globe.

None of our work would have been possible without your support.

To read about Caleb’s camp experience, head over to this blog post.

To see what camp was like, check out this photo album.

To hear about what UP means to me, check out my 2017 crane folding presentation.

Once again, thank you for all of your support. It means the world to us.

 

  • Josh & Caleb

 

Camp Ultimate Peace 2017 Here We Come!

Hello Friends and Family,

This summer I am thrilled to be making my 6th trip to the Middle East to work at CampUP, a youth Ultimate camp run by a phenomenally amazing organization called Ultimate Peace.

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More importantly, I am beyond thrilled that my brother Caleb will also be returning to CampUP, this time to be one of two leaders of the North American Leaders in Training program!

Like last year, I am urging all of my supporters to donate to my brother instead of me. You can read all about his campaign right here.

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Here’s the short version of what’s going on:

– This summer I’ll be in the Middle East for almost all of July, working with Ultimate Peace at a 7-day overnight camps for Arab, Jewish, and Palestinian youths. This summer we will have over 185 campers, 50 LITs, and 80+ staff.

– In addition to coaching a camper team of my own, I will be continuing my role as Program Manager for Camp Ultimate Peace. In this position I oversee operations for all camp logistics operations as well as staff development.

– You can find read all about Ultimate Peace at http://www.ultimatepeace.org/.

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– Ultimate Peace operates fully by donations, and each coach is responsible for raising substantial funds to make the camps happen.

– Every last little bit helps, even if it is to just spread the word!

– I will be blogging about all of my Ultimate Peace experiences at www.UltimateJosh.com.

– I have been lucky enough to give several presentations talking about my time with Ultimate Peace. Here are the most recent three:
Osher Lecture Series @ The Catamount Arts – 3/28/13
Williston Political Awareness Club – 1/10/14
Williston Assembly – 4/16/14

– Due to a generous Williston professional development grant, I was able to spend all of Spring Break 2014 traveling through Israel and the West Bank. I visited schools, saw math classes in action, folded Origami with masters, taught Ultimate, and saw many new places. You can read all about my travels right here.

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– I will be continuing my work folding prayer Cranes and placing them into the Western Wall as part of The Crane Project.

– The most recent Ultimate Peace promo video can be viewed right here.

– The absolute best way to learn about Ultimate Peace is to watch this 5 minute clip of the Telling Well – Episode 2.

Please consider supporting my work by making a donation using this link to support my brother Caleb’s Camp Ultimate Peace experience.

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If you are up for the long version, or want to know more about why I’m taking the uncomfortable step of asking for money, please click here.

Salaam & Shalom,

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The first 10 days

Due to the extreme generosity of 54 donors, Caleb was able to surpass his goal and raise $3,394 for Ultimate Peace! Joined with the $2,523 that was donated in my name, Caleb and I were able to raise $5,917 for Ultimate Peace! We could not be more honored to receive such overwhelming support. It’s truly staggering.

Caleb and I began our journey to the Middle East on July 1st with a trip to the US Open in Rhode Island. While there I participated in the USA Ultimate summer board meeting, and Caleb and I watched lots and lots of incredible Ultimate. On July 4th we drove up to Boston for some family time and then the next afternoon departed from Boston on our flight for the Middle East!

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Over the past 5 days we have:

  • Explored the West Bank in and around Bethlehem and Beit Sahour while spending two days living with Ben Spears. We got to see Shepherd’s Field, the Church of the Nativity, downtown Bethlehem, the Azzeh refugee camp, as well as take in some world class soccer with a bunch of locals.
  • Traversed The Old City of Jerusalem while staying at the Hotel Hashimi in the center of the Muslim Quarter. While in the city we folded cranes at the Western Wall, walked around the Dome of the Rock and ramparts around the city, took in the view from the roof of the Austrian Hospice, toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, went on the Western Wall Tunnel Tour, ate Knafeh, and otherwise soaked in as much of the surrounding atmosphere as we could.
  • Joined in on an incredible Ultimate Peace Community Visit that brought together players from Tuba and Yesod. On the drive up to the north, we stopped at Mt. Beatitudes, Capernaum, and the Church of Multiplication. At the Community Visit we had a phenomenal time playing and otherwise being goofballs with an absolutely joyous group of kids, almost all of whom will be at Camp UP next week!

You can view some video of the community visit right here. Photos are online here.

While we are traveling, Caleb and I will be uploading photos to this gallery.

Once again, thank you all so much for your incredible support!

One more day to donate!

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 11.31.40 AMOur bags are packed and our itinerary is set!

Caleb and I will begin our journey to the Middle East tomorrow afternoon, which is also the deadline to make a contribution towards Caleb’s work with Ultimate Peace.

We are incredibly honored to have raised $2,604 from toward’s Caleb’s work! We’d LOVE to reach the $3,000 goal in the next 24 hours.

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated!

Thank you SO MUCH for all of your support.

 

  • Josh & Caleb

5 days left to donate!

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 6.54.57 PMCaleb and I will be walking around the streets of Jerusalem in less than 10 days! We couldn’t be more excited, or more honored to be a part of the magic that’s yet to come: Camp Ultimate Peace 2016.

Caleb has been playing Ultimate and learning about the region continually over the past months. I am literally picking Caleb up from a Middle Eastern politics class as we leave town to begin out journey to the Middle East.

I am currently polishing off the last of my project management tasks, making sure all the pieces are in order so that they can assemble along with 200 campers and 75 adults at camp. I’ve also been gathering hundreds of pieces of paper with prayers and messages written on them. Before and after camp I’ll be folding each piece into a crane and placing them into the Western Wall — What I call, The Crane Project.

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With five days to go before the July 1st fundraising deadline, Caleb has raised $2,199 towards his target of $3,000. Donation of any size are greatly appreciated!

You can learn more about Caleb’s work with UP and make a donation right here.

Thanks to everyone for all the many ways you’ve supported Ultimate Peace!

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Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 11.31.40 AMCaleb and I couldn’t be more excited to get to the Middle East to begin our in-person work with Camp Ultimate Peace! Before we get to camp, we need to be fully prepared, so in the week before training begins at camp, I will be taking Caleb on a tour of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Nazareth, and as many other places as we can manage. We will connect with local coaches and communities, and experience as much of the local culture as possible.

To start helping to build peace you must know a place, and to know a place you must go there.

So, we are going.

With a little over two weeks to go before the July 1st fundraising deadline, Caleb has raised $1,859 towards his target of $3,000. Donation of any size are greatly appreciated.

You can learn more about Caleb’s work with UP and make donation right here.

Caleb spoke recently at our church about Ultimate Peace. You can watch a video of that presentation right here.

Caleb and I, along with the entire Ultimate Peace family thank you for your support!

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My brother is coming to Camp Ultimate Peace!

This summer I am thrilled to be returning to the Middle East to work at CampUP, a youth Ultimate camp run by a phenomenally amazing organization called Ultimate Peace.

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Caleb!

More importantly, I am beyond thrilled that my brother Caleb was accepted into the Ultimate Peace Leaders in Training program and will be joining me at camp!

This year, I am urging all of my supporters to donate to my brother instead of me. You can read all about his campaign right here or make a donation through this link.

You can read about my history with Ultimate Peace right here.

Thank You!

Over the past 4 years 78 different individuals and organization have donated a total of $14,452 towards my work with Ultimate Peace!

To all of them, I say:

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Thank you Alex, Allen, Amy, Andrea, Anne, Ariel, Barbara, Bay State Health, Ben H., Ben J., Bill, Breakmark, Brian, Catherine H., Catherine P., Charlie, Cheryl, Chris, Claire, Craig, Dale, David, Debra, Denise, Dick, Donna, Ethan, George, Helen, Holly, J & Ali, Janet B., Janet F., Jenya, Jesse , Jessica, Jim, Josh, Karen, Kate D., Kate F., Kate R., Katie, Kendra, Kim, Kris & John, Laura, Laurel & Dylan, Linda R., Linda W., Margaret, Marianne, Marise, Mark, Marybeth, Mat, Nancy, Nick, Priscilla, PVI, Rob, Robert, Robyn, Rona, Sandra, Sandy, Scott, Sharon, Suzy, Theodore, Thepthai, Traci, Valley Medical, Yoon Sun, Zach A., and Zach P.!

And we’re off!

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.53.19 AMCamp Ultimate Peace 2015 is off to an incredible start! We’re now two days into camp and we’ve fully hit our stride with teams, campers, coaches, and CITs fully in sync with each other. Four new blog posts have just come online that outline what we’ve been up to:

6-year Ultimate Peace veteran Dani Glass perfectly encapsulates what it’s like to live through the awesomeness of staff training in “Something from Nothing“.

Dani Glass continues describing her beautiful UP story, this time talking about the simple power of simple truth in “UP Family“.

Coach Kelsie Brust talks about her first 24 hours working with her 2015 Camp Ultimate Peace team in “Off to a Good Start“.

Dani speaks of those that will never be forgotten in “To Our Fallen Peace Warriors“.

I have been posting lots of photos to a Facebook album. Check out the awesomeness!

You can also view lots more camp media on the Ultimate Peace Facebook page, including two incredible videos:

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