Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Colby Access Only)
Colby College. Anthropology Dept.
Jeffrey D. Anderson
Summer camps are often transformative to youth who attend them because camp is a rite of passage. It provides a controlled space that is separate from campers’ everyday “home” lives. Camps are created with specific goals about identity and character-formation based in a “natural” and prosocial lifestyle. It is the structure and environment of camp that allow for campers to experience personal transformation; they foster self-discovery, self-challenge (physical and social), and certain kinds of “freedoms” that do not otherwise exist in the non-camp world.
Camp, Rite of Passage, Nature, Emotion, Duality, Construction
Recommended CitationMerzbach, Deborah J., "Summer Camp As A Rite Of Passage: An Explication Of Camp As A Transformative Experience" (2011). Honors Theses. Paper 615.
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