INTERVIEW: Dr. David Elkind and the Power of Play

As is the case with most educational enterprises, the industry of camp, through the American Camp Association, has measured the “proven effective” outcomes of the summer camp experience. They are:

  • Self-esteem
  • Peer relationships
  • Independence
  • Adventure and exploration
  • Leadership
  • Environmental awareness
  • Friendship skills
  • Values and decisions
  • Social comfort
  • Spirituality

All good things!  But in our rush to measure, we ought not to lose sight of the simple power of play, something developmental psychologist and author, David Elkind reminds us in a revealing interview.