ERIC Number: ED313193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-1
Camp's Responsibility to the Future: Beyond Just Being Outdoors.
This speech paints a picture of the future, looks at the skills that will serve the citizen of that future world, and celebrates the fact that the camp model, at its best, promotes the learning of such skills. These skills include a sense of self and personal integrity, a sense of joy and wonder, an ability to gather and evaluate information, an ability to negotiate, an ability to understand and deal with rapid change, a sense of one's power to make a difference, a sense of the world and of peoples' vastly different backgrounds, individual and collaborative problem-solving skills, holistic thinking, and a sense of empathy and caring. While some schools and homes do a responsible job of educating in the broadest sense, the camp setting may be one of the very best for young people to develop these skills and values. There is relative freedom from legislation, standardization, and competency testing in camp. But acceptance as part of this country's educational movement will require a change in attitude and approach by many camp programs. Camping will become a stronger force for a peaceful and environmentally sound world as camp directors and outdoor educators attend to the questions of how to encourage a sense of global stewardship, to help children own the responsibility for their learning and entertainment, to encourage bonding with nature, to make the camp experience relevant and affordable to diverse peoples, to overcome fear of "the other," and to develop a broader definition of success than just financial success. This speech contains 13 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech given at the National Conference of the American Camping Association (Seattle, WA, February 27-March 4, 1989).