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Camp Shriver Featured in New Book: Best Practices for Inclusive Camps from Sagamore-Venture Publishing!

07/18/2023| Gildea, Barbara

Boston, Massachusetts — Sagamore-Venture Publishing is pleased to announce a new release: Best Practices for Inclusive Camps from editors Gary N. Siperstein, Stuart J. Schleien, Martin E. Block, and Emily D. McDowell. This comprehensive resource is designed to help camp leaders and staff create inclusive programs that welcome campers of all abilities, guided by the newly developed "Standards for Inclusive Recreation Programs." Part I of the book addresses best practices in various aspects of camp, while Part II is a series of case studies about inclusive camps that represent both day and overnight programs across a range of organizational affiliations and geographical locations.

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“ We are thrilled to be featured in "Best Practices for Inclusive Camps" and to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion! ”

Over the past decade, there has been a heightened focus on the inclusion of children and adolescents with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities in recreation programs. Research shows that there are many benefits of inclusive camps, such as increased self-esteem and social connections for campers with disabilities, and greater patience and empathy among campers without disabilities.

This book is an essential resource for anyone involved in the administration, planning, or implementation of camp programming, with a focus on helping camp leaders and staff create environments that intentionally foster inclusion for all children. Co-authored chapters represent decades of combined experience in the camping field, with perspectives and examples from major recreation organizations like the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America (JCCA).

Camp Shriver is one of seven camps and organizations highlighted in Part II on exemplary inclusive camps, with a chapter co-authored by Camp Shriver staff and specific examples of Camp Shriver’s inclusive practices. The full list of camps and organizations represented in Part II is below.

To learn more, or to order Best Practices for Inclusive Camps, visit For bulk orders (5+), please contact Sagamore-Venture Customer Service at 1-800-327-5557 or For all other inquiries, please contact Misti Gilles, Director of Marketing, at 217-819-5985 or



A national award-winning model for inclusive recreational programming, Camp Shriver’s mission is to improve the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children of all abilities, by providing an inclusive community of friendship and fun. At Camp Shriver, children with and without disabilities build social skills and positive social relationships by learning and playing together. Camp Shriver is a program of the Center for Social Development and Education at UMass Boston.



For over 40 years, Sagamore-Venture has been providing educational and academic material in the form of books, eBooks, and journals for educators, practitioners, and students. As we move forward in the twenty-first century, the field continues to evolve and expand into a multitude of individualized areas. We are seemingly faced with new and advanced technology and challenges daily. The one constant that remains the same is Sagamore-Venture's mission “to meet the educational needs of the profession.” We currently offer educational materials in the following fields of study: health education, physical education, leisure education, outdoor recreation and education, camp, recreational therapy, park and recreation administration, hospitality and tourism management, sport management, and athletic training.