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From the Publisher"The American Jewish camping experience has become a major mechanism for building 'children's understanding and feelings about Jewish life,' report Amy L. Sales and Leonard Saxe in their book . . . a comprehensive study of Jewish summer camps."--Jewish Book World
"What is perhaps most interesting about How Goodly Are Thy Tents is its conclusion that some of camp's strongest effects are on the counselors, not the campers. As it turns out, it is the staff of camps who develop the strongest bonds both to the camp in particular and the Jewish community in general. As they struggle to teach, organize, survive and, somehow, sleep, they--even more than the campers--are having their lives transformed. Moreover, because most staff are between the ages of 18 and 25, it is they, and not the campers, who are in the most critical period of identity development in contemporary American society--a time known as 'emerging adulthood.' To paraphrase a well-known camp song, the kids may be brats and the food may be hideous, but studies suggest that the experience of being a camp counselor is more than just fun and fooling around; it can be even more life changing than that of being a camper."--The Forward
"This is a valuable book for all libraries that serve Jewish families."--AJL Newsletter
"It contributes invaluably to the paucity of social scientific scholarship in informal Jewish education."
--Journal of Jewish Education