“Using an impressive array of camp records, memoirs, social scientific literature, and, most entertainingly, children’s letters and diaries, Paris brings alive the experiences and motivations of the camp directors, parents, and campers.”
“Paris brings to life the wonder of summer camp. . . . This book will be of great value to those interested in recreation and leisure in Norht America, and it will delight those who have their own summer camp experiences. . . . Highly recommended.”
“Paris’s fine book on American summer camps nicely demonstrates how social and cultural historians can connect this autonomous world of children with the history of childhood.”
-American Journal of Play
“Fluently written, well researched, alert to the wider picture, this book is an important contribution.”
-American Historical Review
“A well-argued and impressively researched contribution to the field of the history of childhood.”
Leslie Paris is Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia.