John Jorgenson: Children’s camps in the last 20 years have changed even more than the children themselves
About how children’s camps have changed, how children’s camps differ in different countries and why they are in principle necessary, UAUA.info was told by John Jorgenson, president of the international community of ICF camps (International Camping Fellowship).
Tell us, please, how have the children’s camps in the world changed in the past 10 20 years? Have their goals become different, their attitude toward children?
Yes, children’s camps have changed even more than the children themselves. During the first hundred years of its existence, the camp movement was intuitive. It seemed right to just let the children have a break from the tense everyday (mostly urban) life. Positive emotions that the guys received during their stay in the summer camp, spoke about the apparent correctness of this approach.
The biggest change in recent times has been that educators are beginning to understand better than the camp can be valuable and how it can influence the development of children. Studies show that staying in children’s camps and other informal educational activities provide children with the necessary life skills.