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Camps, circa 1957-1970

 File — Box: 4, Reel: 283, microdex: 3
Camps, circa 1957-1970
Camps, circa 1957-1970

Scope and Contents

Documents concerning camp programs and administration. The YWCA of the U.S.A. and its local associations managed camp programs to give members opportunities to explore outdoor recreation, develop leadership skills and meet other YWCA members. Historical narratives of the camp program in the YWCA of the U.S.A. provide context to the role of camps in the organization. National support for camps varies and the documents concerning the Consultation on Area Camping and the report of the study of the YWCA camping program concern locally managed camp programs and the need for consistent assistance from the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in supporting the camps and their programs. Special camp projects include an initiative to recruit African American college students as camp counselors and an international camp exchange program. Additional documents include lists of residential YWCA camps, reports from American Camping Association conferences, camp leadership workshop reports and pamphlet, minutes and reports of the YWCA Camping Council of Southern California, minutes of the Timbertall Committee of Management and a bibliography of camp resources for leaders. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: circa 1957-1970

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.


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