ERIC Number: ED216847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Uncertain Outposts: The Future of Camping and the Challenge of Its Past. An Occasional Paper.
Mason, James A.
Camping Magazine, Sep-Oct 1978
Drawing from histories of communal encampments, organized camps and outposts found their first growth in the Centennial years of U.S. history. Nineteenth-century America and the solitary camps of wilderness pilgrams also shared a kinship in a search for another course than that marked by the prevailing customs and conventions of urban life and institutions. Their beginnings, like the rural intentional communities and isolated hunters' camps of the same era, lay hidden beneath the more conspicuous flourishing of America's Guilded Age and were overshadowed by the events of a transitional period of history. Today, while America's outposts of lake and forest learning and recreation have multiplied beyond belief, they are still but partially known and explored features of the nation's educational enterprise. Social tasks of camps, for the century ahead, are much like that of the Centennial era camps: to seek and sustain alternatives in community and vision; to reveal the connections of past and present; to support the linkages of cities and nature; to safeguard the diversity and humanity of life; and to open passages to a renewal of purposes and responsibilities, for men and women and their institutions. (Author/AH)
Descriptors: Camping, Experiential Learning, Futures (of Society), History, Outdoor Education, Recreation, Rural Areas, Social Environment, Social Responsibility, Urbanization, Values
American Camping Assoc. Publications Service, Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN 46151 ($1.00 plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lingle (Bowman C.) Testamentary Trust, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Fund for Advancement of Camping, Chicago, IL.