Help Teens MAKE PEACE: Send A Kid To Camp

Tools for Peace Summer Teen Camp offers teens a weeklong camp experience rooted in mindfulness, meditation, & compassion. Help us raise $25,000 of scholarships!
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Loren Witcher
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Help us raise $25,000 by June 1, 2014 to fulfill over 30 scholarship requests.


Our 9th Annual Tools for Peace Summer Teen Camp is an extension of our ongoing in-school program, and offers youth ages 12-16 a transformative weeklong experience rooted in practicing mindfulness, learning meditation, and cultivating compassion in the beautiful mountains of Tehachapi, California.

Over the past fourteen years, more than 10,000 youth throughout Northern and Southern California have benefited from all that Tools for Peace has to offer. With your contribution, teens will immerse themselves in a camp community that fosters life-changing experiences through cultivating compassion.

What makes our camp truly special is the Stop, Breathe & Think Workshop, where teens learn and practice mindfulness meditation, work together in dynamic small group discussions, and participate in engaging activities that enable them to connect with each other in a safe and supportive environment. 

Afternoons at camp are full of fun activities: art, sports, yoga, music, crafts, horseback riding, swimming, and the creation of a Community Sand Mandala. Evenings at camp are always a highlight for campers—with campfires, movie nights, and karaoke. Teens return home with a positive and memorable experience.


Summer Teen Camp provides teens with invaluable support from an incredible 1:3 counselor to camper ratio. Requests for scholarships continue to grow, and this year, we would like to accommodate up to 50 campers! Deserving students from our  in-school programs in the Greater Bay and Los Angeles areas need your help, and you have the power to make a real difference by helping us send all of our students to Summer Teen Camp!

By donating, you provide scholarships to youth from low-income, disadvantaged backgrounds, many whose families may not otherwise be able to afford camp for their teen, but wish to attend.

Please join our “Make Peace” Campaign and donate today. You can give our teens a summer experience to remember by making a gift or by spreading the word via Facebook and Twitter. Gifts of all levels ensure our youth can benefit from Summer Teen Camp regardless of ability to pay.


Help a teen Make Peace by sharing this campaign with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter.


Tools for Peace inspires people of all ages to develop kindness and compassion in everyday life

Founded in 2000, Tools for Peace (TFP) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting emotional and social intelligence as well as academic and professional success. We envision a world where everyone is connected by kindness and compassion, and have created our programs to help make that vision a reality.

We Believe

  • Solutions to problems begin from within ourselves. 
  • In the inherent ability of all people to develop positive connection to one another. 
  • Our shared capacity for kindness and compassion connects us more deeply than appearance, status, geography or circumstances. 
  • The ability to thrive is attainable by anyone, regardless of social or economic background.

We Value 

  • Compassionate and responsive engagement that meets people where they are.
  • Safe and open forums where people can speak with courage, honesty, and confidence.
  • The unique contribution of every individual.
  • Authenticity and respect in all our relationships.




The SB&T teen curriculum helps middle and high-school students learn to handle stressmanage emotions, and relate to adults and peers more positively by learning to approach people and everyday situations from the perspective of kindness and compassion—skills that support student achievement across all academic subjects, and will support their trajectory into adulthood.

Studies demonstrate that anxiety and stress negatively impact a student’s school performance, due to their diminished capacity to concentrate, be still, follow directions, and calm down after a provocation. Mindfulness has been proven to help reduce behavioral problems, improve academic achievement, and reduce the gap between high and low-achieving youth by providing students the necessary skills to be successful in school and in life.

Campers practice Mindfulness and Meditation through a process called STOP, BREATHE & THINK:

Try it out for yourself by downloading our highly rated Stop, Breathe & Think app, free in the app store. 


Our app has been frequently listed as one of the top meditation apps available, and has been featured in:


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  • $10USD
    Kind Contributor

    Thank you for your generosity. Every bit of support counts! With your donation of $10 you will receive a set of 5 "Make Peace" Stickers.

    10 claimed

  • $15USD
    Grateful Giver

    With your donation of $15 you will receive a Gratitude Meditation MP3 download narrated by Grammy Award winning artist k.d. lang.

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  • $25USD
    Partner of Peace

    Donations of $25 will provide a camper with a day of healthy, well-balanced meals. With your donation of $25 you will receive the Gratitude Meditation MP3 download, and 5 "Make Peace" Stickers.

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  • $35USD
    Ambassador of Joy

    With your donation of $35 you will receive a Packet of Sand from the Community Sand Mandala. Campers create the Community Sand Mandala by sprinkling millions of grains of colored sand on a flat surface, creating a design that represents kindness, equanimity, compassion, and joy.

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  • $50USD
    Compassionate Camper

    Your gift of $50 will provide two days of healthy, well-balanced meals for a happy camper! With your donation of $50 you will receive 3 "Make Peace, Stop, Breathe & Think" Wristbands. You will also receive the Gratitude Meditation MP3 download and 5 "Make Peace" Stickers.

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  • $75USD
    Fun Facilitator

    With your donation of $75 you will receive a set of 2 Hand Made Cards. Each card is one-of-a-kind and made by campers during Arts and Crafts activities at camp.

    4 claimed

  • $125USD
    Productive Peace Maker

    You will receive a bundle of 2 Handmade Cards, 3 "Make Peace" Wristbands, the Gratitude Meditation MP3, and 5 "Make Peace" Stickers.

    16 claimed

  • $250USD
    Beneficent Big Wig

    With your donation of $250 you will receive the "Make Peace" Tote Bag. You will also receive 2 Hand Made Cards, 3 "Make Peace" Wristbands, a Packet of Sand, the Gratitude Meditation MP3, and 5 "Make Peace" Stickers.

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    $500USD
    Patron of Recreation

    Donations of $500 are instrumental to Summer Teen Camp and will help provide a week of Art, Sports, Yoga, Music, or Craft Activities. You will receive a Personalized Voicemail Greeting recorded by Grammy Award winning artist k.d. lang.

    5 out of 5 claimed

  • $750USD
    Life Changer

    Your gift of $750 will make a teen's dream come true and provide a full scholarship for one lucky camper. You will receive a Personalized Voicemail Greeting recorded by Grammy Award winning artist k.d. lang. You will also receive the Tote Bag, 2 Hand Mande Cards, 3 "Make Peace" Wristbands, a Packet of Sand, the Gratitude Meditation MP3, and 5 "Make Peace" Stickers.

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  • $1,000USD
    Contemplative Kahuna

    Become a lead donor with the gift of $1000 and know that your commitment to mindfulness and compassion has helped create a kinder world. You will receive a Personalized Voicemail Greeting recorded by Grammy Award winning artist k.d. lang. You will also receive the Tote Bag, 2 Hand Mande Cards, 3 "Make Peace" Wristbands, a Packet of Sand, the Gratitude Meditation MP3, and 5 "Make Peace" Stickers.

    2 out of 5 claimed

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