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Summer of Hope: The Power of Friendship at a Boys' Summer Camp - COTTON, Ian

Simon & Schuster, 2002, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ.

The extraordinary story of a summer at Camp Mohawk - a camp run by boy scouts working with severely autistic children Each summer autistic children are dropped off by their parents for a holiday at a camp in Berkshire where they are welcomed and looked after by young Scouts from London's East End. This is the remarkable story of the effect these two sets of boys have on each other. Camp Mohawk' is a scout camp unique in the world. There in any given week during the summer holidays, around a dozen specially trained Explorer Scouts from Newham in London's East End look after a series of disabled children. In this stress-free and happy environment, there develops a remarkable interaction between these autistic children, whose behaviour is among the most difficult imaginable, and their tough, unacademic, young Scout carers, aged 10 to 14 mostly, from one of the poorest areas in England. With minimal adult supervision, these boys deal patiently with incontinence, aggression and anxiety, giving the autistic boys the one experience that no adult care can ever match - friendship. This is a book about human nature and about childhood; about the unimaginable painful childhoods of the autistic boys at the heart of the story; about the remarkable emotional capacity of the East End boys who, as the book describes, look after them. It is a reminder, to adults, of what childhood means - the forgotten intensity of its pleasures and pains; and especially, it is about the resource, tenacity and responsibility that children can show when they are, above all, left to themselves. 310pp. Bibliography. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½")

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