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Best Practices for Inclusive Camps


Gary N. Siperstein, Stuart J. Schleien,

Martin E. Block, Emily D. McDowell

Best Practices for Inclusive Camps is written by practitioners for practitioners. It provides a distinctively practical take on the inclusion of youth with and without disabilities at camp, based on the newly developed “Standards for Inclusive Recreation.” Part I of the book (Creating an Inclusive Camp) addresses best practices in various aspects of camp, while Part II (Exemplary Inclusive Camps) is a series of case studies about inclusive camps that represent both day and overnight programs across a range of organizational affiliations and geographical locations. Appendices include a self-reflection questionnaire for your camp, based on the standards, and a collection of staff training activities specifically designed for promoting inclusion. Wherever you are on your inclusion journey, this book will help you take the next step in your program so that children with and without disabilities can experience the joys of camp—together. 

What are people saying about this new release?

"Inspiring and practical! As camps navigate the inclusion continuum and take steps to become more inclusive of children with and without disabilities, Best Practices for Inclusive Camps is a must-have, extremely useful resource for camp professionals and all who work with young people in camps, after-school, and other youth programs."

- Tom Rosenberg, President/CEO, American Camp Association

“Best Practices for Inclusive Camps is an excellent resource for not only the camp community but for the field of inclusion as a whole. Offering a diverse breadth of personal perspectives and experiences, coupled with practical tools and applications, this book will serve as a guide for camps no matter what their current practices or however aspirational their goals. Any professional who truly wants to enhance inclusion at camp would be well-served by reading this book.”

‐ JCC Association of North America

"Best Practices for Inclusive Camps is a must-have for recreation professionals committed to including children with disabilities across all settings at camp. Each chapter builds a foundational understanding of the “Standards for Inclusive Recreation Programs” with real-world examples of how programs implement those standards. Readers walk away with a vibrant picture of social inclusion and a toolbox full of best practices to embrace, enhance, and expand inclusive programming in their communities."

- Nick Leisey, Executive Director, National Inclusion Project

What's Inside

  • 24 authors and co-authors
  • 5 chapters on "Creating an Inclusive Camp"

Administration and Training

Staff Roles and Training

Facilities, Equipment, and Accessibility


Evaluation and Camper Outcomes

  • 7 chapters on "Exemplary Inclusive Camps"
  • 28 "Standards for Inclusive Recreation Programs" with self-reflection questions for each standard
  • 11 inclusion-focused staff training activities

Take a look inside at the Table of Contents,

Introduction, and Chapter 1 here!

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