Moment #29: The Name Game . . .

Posted: July 27, 2011

"Goldie" . . . "Turtle" . . . "Chippy" . . . "Daisy" . . . "Lando." One of the oldest — and most fun! — camp traditions is doling out and receiving camp nicknames. Why do we love camp nicknames so much?

According to Leslie Paris, author of Children’s Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp, special camp names throughout history have “testified to new identities and experiences, asserting children’s disjunction from ordinary life while illustrating their active participation in making camps into special spaces of personal transformation. Nicknames also ritualized new ways of thinking about family and kinship outside traditional bounds” (p. 105).

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