ERIC Number: ED216850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Interpreting Camp to Parents: A Better Way to Observe--Record--Report. An Occasional Paper.
Camping Magazine, Mar 1980
Camps offer a unique opportunity to inform parents of the psychological workings of their child through information based on a large repertoire of situations. Camps can be interpreted to parents as a better way to observe, record, and report how their children: (1) reacted to "on-hand contact"; (2) accepted duties and responsibility; (3) improved their skills; (4) overcame difficulties, such as fear, in improving their skills; (5) interacted with others; (6) adjusted to being away from home; and (7) viewed themselves. Observations and records, kept by more than one counselor, eliminate bias and provide different settings for observation. Reports should be free of psychological jargon and secondary assumptions. Records, which contain detailed descriptions of what was done by the child (threw things, destroyed his own property, spit, etc.) are accepted by parents better than labeling (temper outbursts, spoiled child, etc.). A positive outcome at camp is noting the acquired skills and interests the child pursued instead of watching TV. (AH)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Camping, Data Collection, Experiential Learning, Observation, Outdoor Education, Parent Attitudes, Records (Forms), Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Evaluation, Values
American Camping Assoc. Publications Service, Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN 46151 ($.50 plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lingle (Bowman C.) Testamentary Trust, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Fund for Advancement of Camping, Chicago, IL.