Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Joyce Inman, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

English

Abstract

In “An Experience Like No Other: A Case Study on Summer Camp Culture,” I consider the stories of individuals as they remember experiences and encounters they had while at summer camp. As a camper, counselor, and staff member, I have experienced many sides of camp. Recognizing my own tendency to describe the camp experience with claims about how “camp relationships are the best” and how “camp is great,” I decided that I, and others, would benefit from a study that considers and critiques these commonly recited stories about camp as a master narrative. Indeed, as the number of summer camps continues to increase and more children, teenagers, and adults become involved in camp activities, researchers are beginning to take interest in further exploration of camp culture (e.g., see Abigail Van Slyck, Dennis Waskul, and C. L. Lopez). Very little, however, has been written about relationships within the summer camp setting and the stories camp counselors tell about their experiences; thus, there is a direct need for scholars to fill in the gaps and explore new avenues of camp culture.

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