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Social Work Students at Camp

Meryl Nadel

in Not Just Play

Published in print July 2019 | ISBN: 9780190496548
Published online June 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190496579 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190496548.003.0015
Social Work Students at Camp

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“Social Work Students at Camp: Field Placements and Service Learning at Summer Camp” explores two options for students to experience and learn about summer camp as a social work field of practice. The first part of the chapter identifies the myriad of learning opportunities found at summer camps. The benefits and obstacles to using the summer camp as an internship site are explored. In addition, professional social workers have recently integrated academic service-learning into camp programs. Camps that lend themselves well to service-learning components are typically one-week camps intended for vulnerable populations. At least two camps led by social workers have linked service learning and Positive Youth Development in sports-oriented camps. The greater flexibility of service-learning courses compared to field placements offers many opportunities for university–community partnerships. The authors recommend that both routes be considered. A first-person vignette concludes this chapter.

Keywords: field placement; service learning; internship; field of practice; vulnerable population; Positive Youth Development; sports-oriented camp; university–community partnership; one-week camp

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work ; Couple and Family Social Work ; Organizations ; Community Development

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