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Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

J. Marc Jantzen


The purpose of this thesis is to develop a blueprint for a school camping program in California based on academic, recreational and social objectives, and develping these objectives through a "real-life" situation. In order that this blueprint be founded on sound camping principles a brief history of the camping movement will be presented showing the gradual evolution from early, crude, militaristic types to the present day camp with modern educational philosophy. Also the effects of changing economic conditions on the type of camper and the need for camps available to all will be pointed out. Chapter II will present a survey of educational camps in the United States for the purpose of showing that these camps are increasing in popularity and that they do contribute to the educational program. Finally Chapter III will consist of a blueprint for California based on the approved camping practices and standards as brought out in Chapters I and II. The emphasis, however, will be on the academic approach in order to make it a truly schools camps. Its objective is to "learn by living" and thereby to aid the traditional school in its problems of motivating the students. Thus the value of the school curriculum will be increased by further developing character, health habits, and skills, knowledge, and attitudes gained during the school year.



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