All week, an equal number of children from Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths came together to learn about each other’s religions. It’s the third year for the camp, called Under the Tent of Abraham — the prophet Abraham being a common denominator
“It’s really cool to meet new people from other religions and learn about their religions,” said Rose Nelson, 10.
The camp has met at a different location each year, going from First Congregational United Church of Christ to Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel to the Islamic Center of Boise this summer. Students participated in worship services with each congregation.
“Just because they have a different religion doesn’t mean they’re bad,” said Jasmine Guy, 10.
As a service project, the youngsters — ranging from elementary students to high school teenagers — made 30 fleece blankets, which they handed over to firefighters in Station No. 4 to give to other kids in times of tragedy or need. “Like a hug from all of us,” said Pastor Kim Mislin Cran, one of the organizers from First Congregational United Church of Christ.
“It’s wonderful to meet different people,” said Nimo Abdi, 13. “To see people not like me doing nice things for others.”
The idea behind the camp is to reach children while they’re young, said organizer Dalia Elgamel, from the Islamic Center. “To teach them humans are human. We are all the same, no difference. Maybe tomorrow will be a better world for them.”