ERIC Number: ED232820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Organized Camping.
Henderson, Karla A.; And Others
A research study on the future of organized camping investigated future factors which may affect leadership of camping programs in Wisconsin and throughout the country. Objectives were to: identify 50 experts on organized camping who would participate in a 3-round Delphi study on the future of camping; generate consensus among the experts concerning future challenges/trends in camping, educational needs of camp administrators, future role of professional organizations; report and publish information on challenges/trends affecting organized camping for the next 5 to 10 years; develop a model curriculum to train camping professionals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and possibly elsewhere; and develop scenarios on the future of organized camping and obtain feedback from professionals, staff, educators, students, business affiliates, camp boards, volunteers and participants. Findings included: major challenges to organized camping will be management effectiveness, costs, camp operations, program services, changing needs/values of youths and adults; and future camping administrators should be trained in college and on the job, in human relations, business management, leadership, problem solving, program development and social sciences. Questionnaires, results, the model curriculum for educating camp administrators, scenarios on the future of organized camping, and recommendations for continuing education and professional organizations are presented. (MH)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Qualifications, Camping, College Curriculum, Continuing Education, Delphi Technique, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, On the Job Training, Outdoor Education, Professional Associations, Professional Education, Professional Personnel, Questionnaires, Resident Camp Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Note: Paper presented at the International Camping Congress (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 1983) and the American Camping Association Convention (Cincinnati, OH, March 1983).