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ERIC Number: ED537769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Using a Camp to Bolster Youth-Driven Community Change. REACH Issue Brief Series. Number Five
Fabionar, James; Campbell, David
Sierra Health Foundation
Over the course of three summers, Sierra Health Foundation hosted a weeklong summer youth development camp for REACH coalitions at its Grizzly Creek Ranch retreat facilities in Portola, California. Located 130 miles east of Sacramento, Grizzly Creek Ranch is set in the mountains of Plumas County and encompasses 1,500 acres of forests, streams and meadows; it includes cabins, meeting and dining facilities, open space, a ropes course, a small lake and a staff with experience facilitating team-building and outdoor education activities. Part youth development conference, part community organizing workshop and part traditional summer camp, roughly 20 adults and 70 youth lived, worked and played together in an environment focused on youth development practices and community change strategies. Evaluation data gathered through interviews and site observations across the coalitions reveals numerous positive references to camp. Less is known about whether youth camps can serve as an incubator of skills, ideas and strategies for meaningful youth-driven community change. This issue brief explores this topic. After briefly describing the nature and evolution of REACH camp over three summers, the authors highlight meaningful outcomes and challenges encountered. The authors close with two broader recommendations for the field. [This paper was written with the support from Lisceth Cruz Carrasco, Nancy Erbstein and Whitney Wilcox.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Sierra Health Foundation; University of California, Davis
Identifiers - Location: California