ERIC Number: ED060594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Survival Camping: A Therapeutic Mode for Rehabilitating Problem Youth.
Collingwood, Thomas R.
The report details specifics of developing and implementing a rugged 3-week camping program for problem boys (delinquents and dropouts) ages 15-18 years. The survival camping experience functioned as an integrated part of the total rehabilitation agency. Described is how the camping program is therapeutic in the sense that the youths learn effective physical, intellectual, and emotional-interpersonal behaviors and undergo an intensive success experience, with increased feelings of self respect and responsibility resulting. Also described are staff selection and training, camp stages and process, and organizational considerations related to the rehabilitation agency program and to community resources. A section on program assessment explains how the effect of the program on the participants was evaluated, lists the measuring instruments used, and concludes that the camping program made a substantive impact on the participants (physically and emotionally) and facilitated behavioral and attitudinal changes relevant to rehabilitation success vocationally and avocationally. (KW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Research and Demonstration Grants.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville. Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.