Through the first seven editions of this enduring text, A. Viola
Mitchell shared her knowledge and skills with legions of educators, camp
directors, and counselors who participated in the organized camp
movement. This classic, highly regarded volume has now been thoroughly
updated to provide a 21st-century view of the trends, philosophies, and
practices of organized camping. The Eighth Edition retains the
overarching emphasis on leadership skills and program activities and
ideas, updating their treatment with the latest research on positive
youth development and outcomes-based programming.
New chapters discuss trends in organized camping, efforts to expand
opportunities for camp participation, and strategies to increase
physical activity among children and youth. Substantially revised topics
include modern behavior management tools and techniques, leadership
strategies, problem solving, group processes, and the importance of
research and evaluation. Throughout, the authors infuse the discussion
with a “leave no trace” conservation ethic that promotes ways to enjoy
the outdoors in a responsible, sustainable manner.
The essence of organized camping has remained the same throughout its
150-year history: democratic, group living in the outdoors supported by
competent, well-trained leaders. The latest edition of Camp Counseling
celebrates that essence in every chapter, illuminated by more than 120
new photographs as well as numerous illustrations and boxed exhibits.
Moreover, extensive, annotated resource lists in every chapter provide
countless opportunities to explore topics in greater depth.