Advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives at Camp Roger




Graves, Avery

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The aim of this thesis is to understand how race, class, gender, nature, and youth development all interact within the setting of summer camps. Specifically, I am looking at how these concepts intersect at YMCA Camp Roger, a small summer camp located in the Wasatch County National Forest in northern Utah. Through a deep understanding of how summer camps camp to be, I was able to see how the origins have carried through to today. In addition to a historical deep dive, I discussed literature relating to the concepts this thesis aims to understand, and compared the literature to current summer camp practices. After creating a comprehensive understanding of summer camps, I analyzed performance surveys and demographic data pertaining to YMCA Camp Roger. This thesis discusses my research, along with future recommendations for the advancement of JEDI initiatives at summer camps.


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