ERIC Number: ED059825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Outdoor Education and School Camping Program, Summer 1971 [Detroit Public Schools].
An evaluation of the Detroit Board of Education's 4-session 2-week Outdoor Education and School Camping Program for the summer of 1971, this report examines the 2 camps that served approximately 1400 campers from public schools. Children were assigned 10 to a cabin, and each child was guided and counseled by a cabin counselor. The camp program included hikes, catching and caging small animals, educational displays of natural history, fishing, cookouts, crafts, talent shows, social games, and dancing. Specific program objectives were to improve self-concepts, develop socialization, enhance cultural growth, improve camping skills, and improve recreational skills and safety practices by providing learning experiences in a natural setting. Self-concept was measured by a 9-item questionnaire administered to a random sample of 124 campers on a pre- and post-basis. Essentially no change in self-concept was noted. Results of a camper-experience questionnaire revealed that 64% of the campers enjoyed the experience, 73% would like 4 weeks at camp, 91.9% enjoyed the food, and 44% experienced difficulty adjusting to the eating schedule. Over 90% gained in group responsibility, dining-hall etiquette, and personal hygiene. Cabin counselors reported, through a rating form, that program objectives were met. Questionnaire responses were returned by 72 staff members showing their feelings regarding the entire program. Specific objectives were deemed met, and program continuation was recommended. Included are 8 tables showing measuring instruments and results. (MJB)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Programs for the Disadvantaged.
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Research and Development.