Children's Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp
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Children's Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp

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For over a century, summer camps have provided many American children's first experience of community beyond their immediate family and neighborhoods. Each summer, children experience the pain of homesickness, learn to swim, and sit around campfires at night.

Children's Nature chronicles the history of the American summer camp, from its invention in the late nineteenth cent...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published May 10th 2010 by New York University Press
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Rebecca
I've long been interested in summer camps, and found this book mostly fascinating as it told the history of how this peculiarly American institution got started. It shows how camps, from the very beginning, have been about tradition married to perpetual change, and how successful a combination that actually is. I do wish there had been more about camps after WWII, but that's not the book's focus, and it was interesting to hear the early history, and marvel at the vast amount of work the author p...more
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