ERIC Number: ED242486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Samaritan Ethic and Residential Camping.
Although summer camps can provide opportunities for personal growth, self-worth, and education for living, camp programming changes are necessary because today's youth have had experiences which reduce the novelty of camping. Summer camps can be used to provide the missing rite of passage from youth to adulthood and to create real contexts and direct experiences which are transferable and which are missing due to the lack of extended families and to vicarious television viewing. In particular, summer camps provide an ideal atmosphere in which today's youth can develop a Samaritan ethic and can develop into good citizens. To do so, camps must have deliberate programming, provide relevant activities, allow practice of daily living skills, and maximize the environment, all of which elements are present in the National Leadership Conference. The 10-day, 4-phase program strives to develop social activists and caring vigilant citizens with "ignition experiences," day-long seminars, free choice activities, and "synthesis" activities designed to provide unity of purpose. Staff members constantly reinforce tenacity, excellence, and relevance to daily living. The National Leadership Conference model has become a prescription for other residential camp programs and could be the basis of a revival in North American summer camping. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Community Service; National Leadership Conference; Samaritan Ethic
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April, 1983).