ERIC Number: ED100592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Primitive Camp Counselling as a Component of University Teaching and Social Service Programs.
Deming, Basil S.
During 2 summer months, about 200 children (8-13), attended the primitive camp which was administered through the Children's Fresh Air Society 45 miles from Baltimore, Maryland. Every 10 days, a new group of children (primarily black) arrived from Baltimore's geographic core. The 24 camp counselors, male and female, ages 18-23, came largely from white suburban communities; only 1 counselor was black. Preceding the arrival of each group, the counselors attended an orientation day, which dealt with the inner-city children and the camp experiences. Four seminars provided a format for professional stock-taking and decision-making regarding counselor-camp relationships and staff planning. At the seminars, the counselors were asked two key questions: (1) What have you learned about these youngsters as a result of this experience? (2) What have you learned about yourself as a result of this experience? Responses suggested that the primitive camp experience was a valuable one, particularly for those preparing to work with youngsters in a professional urban setting. It was recommended that camp counseling be encouraged, primitive and not so primitive, as a component of undergraduate, preprofessional curriculums leading to service professions working with children and youth. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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