Participate In The 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 by interaction and education. The program is designed to bring together students from diverse racial, cultural religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds for a weekend experience in interracial and intercultural understanding. This is also an introduction to civil and human rights subjects to include fairhousing, fair employment, public accommodations, voter's rights and bullying prevention. Students will aslo participate in a fairhousing poster contest. The winner will receive a cash award and public recognition.
The camp takes place annually, in the 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. However, only 40 students (20 boys and 20 girls) are selected to participate in the three-day session.
The criteria for attending the camp is based upon students who have demonstrated the following types of actions, words, and activities; or have an interest in diversity, tolerance, or human rights:
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";
Students whose actions or words have broken barriers between groups, increased the representation of under-represented groups in activities, healed divisiveness among groups, and who otherwise acted responsibly to promote respect and
Students who have taken moral stances on issues that might otherwise have been neglected;
Students who have initiated or modified existing programs or projects, or taken
action by themselves to respond to current school and community needs.
Teachers, counselors, and administrators also recommend students who have exhibited a need in diversity, tolerance, or bully aversion training.
Contact us for more information on the event.
Click for Human Rights Camp application.