Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
The purpose of this study is to explore how institutional memory for the Nivonim program is maintained at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Transitions in key leadership positions like unit heads are extremely common, and therefore cannot be allowed to become a constraint in the program’s development. The research process consisted of 31 interviews with camping professionals within the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, as well as other Jewish and secular camps. A theme that emerged from the conversations was that summer camps struggle with transmitting institutional and individual memory. In order to alleviate this problem and appeal to different Rashei Aidah (unit heads), a multipronged approach that combines oral and written transmission of knowledge and moves from individual to institutional transmission of knowledge must be implemented for the Nivonim program in Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.
Schwartz, Robin (Aviva), "Institutional Memory of the Nivonim Program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin" (2016). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 30.