The Beauties Of Camp Duties

Promotional materials for most day- and resident camps tout a sense of community and increased self-reliance as outcomes. Naturally, the materials highlight the camp’s facilities and activities, but few mention work duties, such as sweeping floors, folding clothes, cleaning restrooms, raking leaves, or collecting firewood. This seems odd, considering that when organized camping began to flourish in the late 1800s and early 1900s, progressive educators emphasized the importance of rugged experiences that young people themselves helped to create. So adamant …


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One comment on “The Beauties Of Camp Duties

  1. Anne Conolly on said:

    You have described our nearly 100 year old camp duties program perfectly. We have teams (The Sweeping Beauties, The Mess Masters, Casamoppa) and team cheers and recognition at the end of the week and summer for the strongest teams. Can’t imagine camp without it.

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