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A Manufactured Wilderness: Summer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890-1960 (Architecture, Landscape and Amer Culture) Hardcover – October 25, 2006
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Among other things, the book describes how in the early days leaders would just take kids out into a field on someone's farm and they would set up camp; as time went on structures were made more and more permanent. Also, huge, centralized camps gave way to smaller community groups scattered within the larger camp, a change in camping philosophy that was reflected in camp layouts.
The chapter on Native Americans and "Playing Indian" is especially excellent.
Introduction: Summer camps and the problem of modern childhood -- Putting campers in their place : camp landscapes and changing ideas of childhood -- Fun and games : the serious work of play -- Housing the healthy camper : tents, cabins, and attitudes toward health -- Feeding an army : mealtime rituals at camp -- Good and dirty? : girls, boys, and camp cleanliness -- Living like savages : tipis, council rings, and playing Indian -- Epilogue: Summer camps, modern architecture, and modern life.
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I really enjoy this book. I bought it to read for a class but would have read it for fun. Would recommend it to anyone interested in gender and architectural history.Published 15 months ago by Megan Hutchins
Having worked a number of summer camps I came to this book perhaps expecting or knowing too much. It's not a bad effort, but it seems to me it is very general, almost lazily so, in... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Harry F. Drabik