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Documents concerning camp programs and administration. The YWCA of the U.S.A. and its local associations managed camp programs to give members opportunities to explore outdoor recreation, develop leadership skills and meet other YWCA members. Historical narratives of the camp program in the YWCA of the U.S.A. provide context to the role of camps in the organization. National support for camps varies and the documents concerning the Consultation on Area Camping and the report of the study of the YWCA camping program concern locally managed camp programs and the need for consistent assistance from the National Board of the YWCA of the U.S.A. in supporting the camps and their programs. Special camp projects include an initiative to recruit African American college students as camp counselors and an international camp exchange program. Additional documents include lists of residential YWCA camps, reports from American Camping Association conferences, camp leadership workshop reports and pamphlet, minutes and reports of the YWCA Camping Council of Southern California, minutes of the Timbertall Committee of Management and a bibliography of camp resources for leaders.
The records are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following accesptions: Portions of the physical papers are stored offsite. To access the microfilm reels and boxes 893-964 and 1061-1132, researchers must give two working days advance notice. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.
Use and Reproduction
To the extent that it owns copyright, the YWCA of the U.S.A. has retained copyright of the records in this group; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. In all other cases, YWCA of the U.S.A. has authorized the Sophia Smith Collection to grant permission to publish reproductions or quotations on its behalf. For materials in the collection not created by YWCA of the U.S.A., researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them if reqired by law. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with the use of those materials.
Camps, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.