ERIC Number: ED244201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-24
Reference Count: 0
Summer Camp as Therapeutic Context: The Camp Logan Program.
McCammon, Susan; And Others
These symposium papers describe various aspects of the Camp Logan, South Carolina, program, a therapeutic summer residential program for children, ages 8-14, who have significant behavior problems. The philosophy and advantages of the therapeutic camping model are discussed, e.g., structure during the summer, controlled though informal naturalistic environment, and positive orientation. The liaison between community mental health centers and the camp program is presented, with emphasis on the therapeutic benefits to the child of a comprehensive treatment approach. Linkages between family, agency, and campers, such as visits, reports, letters, and family activities are described. Staff training is discussed in a paper focusing on basic principles of the therapeutic model, its psychological assumptions, and specific skill training in the application of behavior and learning theory and in traditional camping skills. The contigency management program, focusing on specific target categories (self-help, peer relations, compliance, and program participation) and the camp's token economy system and reinforcers are described. Illustrations of innovative treatment applications, both in individual and group modalities, are offered including the case of a borderline psychotic child with deficits in all target categories, and the case of a child with noncompliant, aggressive behavior. Therapeutic applications in specific activities (swimming, camping, and recreation) are also presented. The papers conclude with an evaluation of the program including three case studies. Results indicate that Camp Logan is an effective intervention for behaviorally disturbed children, with 85% of the campers showing improvement. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Camp Logan SC
Note: Symposium papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, March 23-26, 1983).