Organized camping: a historical perspective

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2007 Oct;16(4):751-4, v. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2007.05.009.


Organized camping has been part of the fabric of American culture for more than 150 years. Today, organized camps serve more than 11 million youth annually, a significant departure from the first camps that were created to address the challenges of urban living during the Industrial Revolution. This article provides a brief historical perspective of organized camp and its evolution.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Camping / history*
  • Child
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Seasons
  • Social Behavior*
  • Social Environment*
  • Spirituality
  • United States