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A large contribution to the mass success of summer camp programming involved its very prevalent educational values. Educators pushed for educational opportunities for their students outside of school, particularly in the summer. The summer camp appealed to parents because of their direct response to this need. Their children could experience outdoor adventure while learning outside of the school year. The idea of “summer camp as educator” flourished throughout all components of camps, including camp programming, camp standards, and camp counselor and staff training. This is particularly relevant in the development and inclusion of Arts and Crafts programming. 

“Staff became of increasing importance so as to provide the necessary skills, academic qualifications, and concern for the individual camper. By 1910 staff training was receiving attention; there were skills conferences in canoeing, swimming, camp craft, and crafts.” (Eells, 1986)


In "The Contribution of the Organized Summer Camp to American Education," an article written by Dr. George Meylan, published in July 1924 in Playground Magazine, declares: "The summer camp deserves a prominent place in education because of the large contribution that it is making toward the development of stalwart, upright, and loyal citizens. No effort should be spared to encourage the extension of camps until all boys and girls in the land shall enjoy the advantages of camping as a part of their education." (Eells, 1986)

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