16 DecA Manufactured Wilderness: Summer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890–1960


This book by Abigail A. Van Slyck examines the unique history and legacy of summer camps in the U.S. For those who don’t want to read the entire book, in our work with camps and outdoor recreation, we found following chapters particularly enlightening:

  • the Introduction
  • Chapter 3 (titled “Housing the Healthy Camper: Tents, Cabins, and Attitudes towards Health.”
  • Chapter 5 (titled “Good and Dirty? Girls, Boys, and Camp Cleanliness”)
  • Chapter 6 (titled “Living Like Savages. Tipis, Council Rings, and Playing Indian”)

The book is available on Amazon here.

16 DecA Manufactured Wilderness: Summer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890–1960


This book by Abigail A. Van Slyck examines the unique history and legacy of summer camps in the U.S. For those who don’t want to read the entire book, in our work with camps and outdoor recreation, we found following chapters particularly enlightening:

  • the Introduction
  • Chapter 3 (titled “Housing the Healthy Camper: Tents, Cabins, and Attitudes towards Health.”
  • Chapter 5 (titled “Good and Dirty? Girls, Boys, and Camp Cleanliness”)
  • Chapter 6 (titled “Living Like Savages. Tipis, Council Rings, and Playing Indian”)

The book is available on Amazon here.