ERIC Number: ED304255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Fundamentals of Day Camping. An Ideal Reference for Administrators of Day Camps and School-Age Day Care Programs. Revised.
Mitchell, Grace; And Others
This revised edition of a 1961 publication outlines the steps involved in establishing a new day camp, and presents guidelines for day camp operation. Four chapters cover: (1) preliminary decisions and planning for a new camp; (2) site selection, legal and regulatory considerations, and property management; (3) deciding on buildings and equipment suited to the program; and (4) soliciting prospective campers, camper enrollment, and pre-camp mailings. Chapters on administrative details discuss public relations and parent contacts, administrative records and reports, financial management, insurance, transportation planning, health and safety requirements, food regulations and mealtime atmosphere, staff recruitment and hiring, staff training and supervision, and discipline. The final section offers help to directors and counselors in understanding the needs of campers and in using programs to meet those needs. It includes elements of a good day camp program, benefits of the spontaneous child-generated program, daily routines, arts and crafts, using natural resources, campcraft and overnights, athletics, music, counselors'"tricks" for group management, assembly activities, and rainy day activities. An appendix describes the standards and accreditation procedures of the American Camping Association. (SV)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Business Administration, Camping, Children, Day Camp Programs, Outdoor Education, Personnel Management, Planning, Program Administration, Program Development, Recreation, Summer Programs
American Camping Association, Bradford Wood, 5000 State Road 67 N, Martinsville, IN 46151-7902 ($14.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Camping Association, Martinsville, IN.