ERIC Number: ED197900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The History of Organized Camping in the United States.
Gibson, H. W.
H.W. Gibson's life was devoted to camping for boys, from his first job as a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) secretary in 1887 through his work as founder of two YMCA camps, state YMCA secretary, author of eight books on the subject, member of camp director associations which preceded the American Camping Association (ACA), and then as president of ACA. His hope in writing a history of organized camping was that the new generations of camp directors might benefit from acquaintance with the pioneers and their commitment to their campers, and restore something of the earlier spirit, if not its practice. It is with this same hope that Gibson's history has been reprinted. By using the quick-copy process, the historical perspective is enhanced by the original print and advertising in each installment of the history, which appeared in "The Camping Magazine" from January through December of 1936. The chapter titles are: I. The Early Days; II. Pioneer Camp Personalities; III. Establishment of Institutional Camps; IV. The Private Camps; V. Origin of Conferences and Association Work; VI. Genesis of a Camping Literature; VII. Leadership Training Conferences and Courses; VIII. Spread of the American Camp to Other Lands. In addition, there is an index to people mentioned in the various installments, an index to camps, and an "index to places/things/books/etc." (AN)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Camping Association, Martinsville, IN.