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This guide to standards for resident camps for orthopedically crippled children was compiled by Mrs. E. E. Jacobs. The objective of camping, as stated in the introduction, "is to provide opportunities for recreation and socialization, outdoor living and experiences, stimulation of wider interests, and the development of a sense of personal worth." Such an opportunity is especially important for a handicapped child. However, the author wisely stresses that, if a child's physical disability or lack of emotional adjustment do not prevent it, he should attend a regular camp with nonhandicapped children.
The guide is in outline form and is divided into seven chapters. Each chapter deals with an important aspect of a camp. The first chapter is on the physical plant and equipment. It gives advice on how to pick a camp site, the layout and architecture. Other chapters deal with admissions, policies, health and sanitation, safety, administration, program, and
Guide to Standards for Resident Camps for Crippled Children.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(6):767. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110907013