Recreation Management with Camp Management Option
The camp management option provides students with the skills, abilities, and knowledge required of a camp director in the 21st century. The option was developed based on research that included several hundred camp directors and with input from a national camping specialist. The curriculum includes five distinct areas: business management; facilities and natural resource management; program administration; basic Web design and computer usage; fundraising and board development.
The internship and several practicums require students to gain exposure to programming and management experiences at three or four different camps.
Internship opportunities in the Camp Management option have included:
- Camp Fire USA
- Camp Wing
- High Rocks Camp
- Indian Valley YMCA
- Scantic Valley YMCA
- Silver Bay YMCA
- YMCA National Headquarters
Related Springfield College clubs include:
- Outing Club
- LTC – Leadership Training Conference
- Campus Community Service Club
- YMCA Club
Employment opportunities for students in the camp management option following graduation include management and leadership positions in:
- Commercial or state and national park campgrounds
- Not-for-profit summer camps
- Organizations such as YMCA and Girl Scouts
- Private camps
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For more information about the camp management option, contact Matthew J. Pantera, chairperson of the Sport Management and Recreation Department, at (413) 748-3749. For general admissions questions, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 343-1257.