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ERIC Number: ED052875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 48
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A Year-round Camping and Outdoor Education Center for the Mentally Retarded in the Northern Locality of the United States.
Endres, Richard w.
Establishing the feasibility of year-round camping and outdoor education programs for the mentally retarded within the northern United States (above the 40 degree parallel), this study examines the literature, the proposed program, and evaluation methodology. It is concluded that (1) outdoor education programs require the cooperation of both professional and voluntary national, state, and local agencies; (2) outdoor experiences are important components in the "growing up" process; (3) outdoor education programs provide one of the few areas in which it is still possible to gain firsthand information--a "learning by doing" process; (4) both informal and formal classes are necessary; (5) ample resource material is available; and (6) because of the informal method of conducting outdoor education classes, each student may progress at his own rate. Among the recommendations are that (1) programs utilize natural local facilities fully and maintain content relationships between formal and informal settings; (2) program innovation is essential; (3) traditional institutional atmospheres be removed; and (4) programs integrate the mentally retarded with other members of society living within the community. The document also provides a list of the states considered and their Federal, state, and local organizations and agencies actively involved in outdoor education, a list of residential camping programs for the mentally retarded (163), a list of resource materials, and an 18-item bibliography. (MJB)
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