Program Design Standards Resources - v. 2019

Program is the heart of camp — where camp philosophy and objectives are implemented in a sustained experience that provides a creative, recreational, and educational opportunity in group living, often in the outdoors. Camp programming uses trained leadership and often the resources of the natural surroundings to contribute to each camper’s mental, physical, social, and spiritual growth.

The camp provides program activities as a means of achieving its developmental goals and outcomes, conducted in ways that protect the health, safety, and well-being of its campers.

Program standards allow the flexibility for each camp to take advantage of its own unique programming strengths and determine its own procedures while still addressing areas of program planning, analysis, and delivery.

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