The author has conducted boys’ camps for twenty-three years, so that he is not without experience in the subject. To share with others this experience has been his aim in writing the book. The various chapters have been worked out from a practical viewpoint, the desire being to make a handbook of suggestions for those in charge of camps for boys and for boys who go camping, rather than a theoretical treatise upon the general subject.
Thanks are due to E. M. Robinson, Dr. Elias G. Brown, Charles R. Scott, Irving G. MacColl, J. A. Van Dis, Taylor Statten, W. H. Wones, H. C. Beckman, W. H. Burger, H. M. Burr, A. B. Wegener, A. D. Murray, and H. M. Allen, for valuable suggestions and ideas incorporated in many chapters.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following publishers for permission to quote from the books mentioned in the bibliography—Charles Scribner’s Sons, Harper Brothers, Outing Publishing Company, Baker & Taylor Company, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Company, Penn Publishing Company, Doubleday, Page & Company, Hinds, Noble & Eldredge, Ginn & Company, Sunday School Times Company, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Little, Brown & Company, Moffat, Yard & Company, Houghton, Mifflin Company, Sturgis & Walton, Funk & Wagnall’s Company, The Manual Arts Press, Frederick Warne & Company, Review and Herald Publishing Company, Health-Education League, Pacific Press Publishing Company.
Every leader, before going to camp, should read some book upon boy life, in order, not only that he may refresh his memory regarding his own boyhood days, but that he may also the more intelligently fit himself for the responsibility of leadership. The following books, or similar ones, may be found in any well-equipped library.
If this book will help some man to be of greater service to boys, as well as to inspire boys to live the noble life which God’s great out-of-doors teaches, the author will feel amply repaid for his labor. Boston, Mass., April, 1911.
Boy-Life and Self Government—Fiske.
Association Press, $1.00.
Boy-Training—Symposium. Association Press, $1.00.
Youth—Hall. Appleton and Company, $1.50.
Winning the Boy—Merrill. Revell and Company, $0.75.
The Boy Problem—Forbush. Pilgrim Press, $1.00.
Up Though Childhood—Hubbell. Putnam and Company, $1.25.
Growth and Education—Tyler. Houghton, Mifflin Company, $1.50.
A Course in Camping—Edgar M. Robinson.
The Sanitary Care of a Boys’ Camp—Elias G. Brown, M.D.
April and June, 1902.
Seventeen Seasons in One Boys’ Camp—G. G. Peck. April. 1902.
Association Boys’ Camps—Edgar M. Robinson. June, 1902.
Following Up Camp—Editorial. October,