What Men Think of Camp—Edgar M. Robinson. June, 1903.
Fun Making at Camp—C.B. Harton. June. 1903.
Educational Possibilities at Camp—F. P. Speare. June, 1903.
Bible Study at Camp—Raymond P. Kaighn. June, 1903.
Simple Remedies at Camp—Elias G. Brown, M.D. June, 1903.
Tuxis System—H.L. Smith. April, 1904.
Life at Camp Dudley—Raymond P. Kaighn. June, 1905.
Life-Saving Crew—F.H.T. Ritchie. June. 1905.
Summer Camps—Frank Streightoff. June, 1905.
Wawayanda Camp—Chas. R. Scott. June. 1907.
Objectives in Camps for Boys—Walter M. Wood. June, 1907.
CHAPTER I THE PURPOSE OF CAMPING
need of outdoor life
purpose of camping
“Too much house”
apostles of outdoor life
heeding nature’s call
influence of camp life
It is great fun to live in the glorious open air, fragrant with the smell of the woods and flowers; it is fun to swim and fish and hike it over the hills; it is fun to sit about the open fire and spin yarns, or watch in silence the glowing embers; but the greatest fun of all is to win the love and confidence of some boy who has been a trouble to himself and everybody else, and help him to become a man.—H. M. Burr.
The summer time is a period of moral deterioration with most boys. Free from restraint of school and many times of home, boys wander during the vacation time into paths of wrongdoing largely because of a lack of directed play life and a natural outlet for the expenditure of their surplus energy. The vacation problem therefore becomes a serious one for both the boy and his parent. Camping offers a solution.
“A boy in the process of growing needs the outdoors. He needs room and range. He needs the tonic of the hills, the woods and streams. He needs to walk under the great sky, and commune with the stars. He needs to place himself where nature can speak to him. He ought to get close to the soil. He ought to be toughened by sun and wind, rain and cold. Nothing can take the place, for the boy, of stout physique, robust health, good blood, firm muscles, sound nerves, for these are the conditions of character and efficiency. The early teens are the most important years for the boy physically... Through the ages of thirteen and fifteen the more he can be in the open, free from social engagements and from continuous labor or study, the better. He should fish, swim, row and sail, roam the woods and the waters, get plenty of vigorous action, have interesting, healthful things to think about.”—Prof. C. W. Votaw.