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ERIC Number: ED037258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-13
Pages: 14
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Organized Camping--What is Its Future?
Kirk, John J.
The major thrust of organized camping has focused on the development of recreational skills and the comradeship of group living. While the value of these activities is not denied, the true potential of camping should be realized in an attempt to change and improve the value system in our society. Future trends in camping will be (1) increased specialization in camp activities by individual camps to cater to particular segments of the child population, (2) review of camping activities as to their purpose and effect, (3) increased programs of extensive travel, and (4) intensive study of resident campsites and the surrounding community with regard to ecology and community makeup. Camp counselors will be taking part in more extensive training programs, but the need for counselors with a missionary zeal will remain of prime importance. For camping to reach its fullest potential, the activities and training must be dedicated to development of an appreciation of, and responsibility for, our natural resources and life. This may be termed a "land ethic," and its development should be the major focus of present and future camping activities. (DK)
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Note: Speech presented at Girl Scouts' Camping Trends Conference, Chicopee, Massachusetts, November 13, 1968