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Online Exhibition
Jewish Summer Camping
Summer camping brings to mind carefree days of summer leisure, close bonds with nature, and lifelong friendships. Organized summer camping is a uniquely American way for children to spend their summers and is popular for many ethnic, cultural, and identity groups. Since the beginning of American organized summer camps, American Jews have enthusiastically sent their children to participate in summer camps. Over time camping became not just a form of Americanization for Jews, but a way to assert their Jewish identity. Camps encouraged religious practice, brought Jewish children together to socialize with their fellow Jews, and taught Jewish values. These Jewish values changed with time, often encompassing religious worship, gender equality, and secular Jewish ethics. However camps have always strived to teach children to understand themselves and their world through participatory, entertaining activities.
Summer Camp History
American organized summer camps for children grew out of early 20th century progressive education movements.
Boys and Girls at Camp
Camps gave children the chance to explore new activities and discover parts of their personality. Particularly in the early 20th-Century, girls could explore adventurous activities not available to them in their normal lives.
Educational Models and Role Models
Camps, whether religious or secular, have a very different way of teaching than do traditional day schools and religious education programs.Campers learn through doing, admire and copy their young adult counselors, and learn from each other.
The Experience of Camp
Camp can be a transformative, intense experience. Campers grow socially, build character, and often develop their religious identities
Further Reading
Further reading and references.