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SRA 371: Camp Leadership

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

David Waddell

David Waddell

David has taught at Ole Miss for seven years following a twenty-five year career leading recreation programs for churches and retirement communities.   

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

Training for camp counseling: programming; campcraft skills; survey of the field of camping. Prerequisite: Majors and minors only, or with instructorís approval.

Textbook Information:


Armand Ball & Beverly Ball. Basic Camp Management: An Introduction to Camp Administration (7th ed.)

Coaches Choice, 2008. Print ISBN 978-1606790144


Jack Drury & Eric Holmlund. Camper's Guide to Outdoor Pursuits: Finding Safe, Nature-Friendly and Comfortable Passage Through Wild Places.

Sagamore Pub Llc; Edition Unstated edition (March 1997) Print ISBN 978-1571670748


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Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

This course will provide students with opportunities to:

  1. Investigate the history of camping and camp management.
  2. Understand the varieties of camping available to participants.
  3. Become familiar with equipment and supplies necessary for various styles of camping.
  4. Understand the importance of natural resources to camping and mastering low-impact and environmentally sensitive camping techniques.
  5. Become familiar with principles and procedures necessary for safe camping and camp management, and for managing risk in the outdoors.
  6. Increase general knowledge of camp skills, techniques, and the natural history of the southeastern United States.
  7. Become more familiar with professional organizations and advocacy groups in the areas of camping and outdoor recreation.
  8. Develop an understanding of camp management, including fiscal management, marketing, risk management, staff management, and programming.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 16 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester
Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1

Lesson 0: Introduction

Journal entry, timed quiz Week 1

Lesson 1: Design and Inspection

Ball and Ball Ch.10

Timed quiz
Week 1

Lesson 2: History of Camping

Ball and Ball Ch.1

Pioneer Campers assignment
Week 2

Lesson 3: Types of Camps

Ball and Ball Ch.1

Types of camps assignment
Week 2

Lesson 4: Values and Benefits

Drury Ch.1

Timed Quiz Week 3
Major Project 1

Campsite Evaluation

Must be completed before proceeding
Week 3

Lesson 5: Camp Planning

Drury Ch.8-9

Timed quiz
Week 4

Lesson 6: Camp Programming

Ball and Ball Ch. 3 & 5

Web resource assignment Week 5

Lesson 7: Staff Training

Staff training assignment
Week 5

Lesson 8: Pursuits and Participants

Ball and Ball Ch. 4

First-Time Campers assignment
Week 6

Lesson 9: Camp Counseling

Camp Counseling assignment, timed quiz Week 7

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.
Midterm Exam
Covers Lessons 1-10
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 7
Lesson 10: Leave No Trace Timed quiz Week 8

Lesson 11: Campcraft Skills and Equipment

Drury Ch. 2-6

Modern Marvels: Camping Technology assignment
Week 9
Major Project 2

Campcraft Skills Video

Must be completed before proceeding
Week 9

Lesson 12: Camp Business Plans and Career Opportunities

Timed Quiz Week 10

Lesson 13: Human Resource Issues and Customer Service

Ball and Ball Ch. 6, 7, 9 & 15

Customer Service Assignment Week 11

Lesson 14: Camp Budget, Finances and Marketing

Ball and Ball Ch. 14

Ultimate Camp Resources Assignment Week 12

Lesson 15: Risk Management

Ball and Ball Ch. 11 & Drury Ch. 7

Risk Management Assignment Week 13
Major Project 3

Campout Journal and Presentation

Must be completed before proceeding Week 14
Final Exam
Comprehensive exam from all chapters (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 15


The grading format is as follows:

Resident Camp Inspection 100
Campcraft Skills Video 100
Camp Planning Journal 300
Midterm 100
Final 100
Quizzes 150
Assignments 150
Total Points 1000


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