ERIC Number: ED313212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Making Camps Work for the Challenging Camper.
Huber, Louis V.
This paper describes an agency working with children, teenagers, and families in inner-city St. Louis neighborhoods. Its programs included all the social work specializations--casework, community development, and group work--which interacted in a holistic approach. Poverty was one common denominator among all the neighborhoods served. Youth clubs organized on the playgrounds helped individuals develop social skills, community knowledge, and an eventual respect for the property and equipment. Trust relationships were developed between staff and youth through day and residential camp programs. In these summer programs, staff labored to counteract the impact of racial prejudice. While negative behavior was present, positive behaviors and relationships were encouraged. Camp participants and staff gathered before the camp session in order to facilitate bonding and anticipate and reduce problems. The camp was portrayed to the students as something they did by choice as an enjoyable learning experience. Campers were encouraged to identify with their cabin groups and were given choices of daytime activities, including crafts, music, and drama. Field games and special evening activities were part of the program. Effort was made to keep rules and consequences logical and fair. Of thousands of campers involved during 40 years of observation, less than 20 had to go home early. Lessons of sharing and cooperation were used to combat social programming that said: "everyone is corrupt,""there is no justice or opportunity for black people," and "I can do as I please." (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri (Saint Louis)