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Name: Sharp, L. B. (Lloyd Burgess) (1895-1963)

Historical Note:

Lloyd B. Sharp was a pioneer in outdoor education.  He was born in Kansas in 1895 and attended Emporia Normal School.  He later worked for the Playground and Recreation Association of Michigan.  In February 1923, Sharp began graduate studies in physical education at Teachers College, Columbia, Missouri where he completed his master's degree in 1924 and his PhD in 1930.

In 1925 Sharp was hired by Life Magazine to oversee Fresh Air summer camps for New York City children, and later established similar programs in New Jersey and Connecticut.  The camps taught children self-reliance and group relationships.  He opened National Camp in 1940 and continued to operate it even after Life Magazine closed its Life Camps in 1951.  Sharp continued National Camp under the newly created Outdoor Education Association.

In 1959 Sharp accepted a faculty position at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He relocated the Outdoor Education Association to campus and influenced the establishment of the outdoor experiential education facility Touch of Nature.  National Camp closed in 1962.  Sharp died in 1963.

Sources: Julie Carlson, "Lloyd B. Sharp: Trailblazer in Outdoor Education," in Sourcebook of Experiential Educators: Key Thinkers and their Contributions, ed. Thomas E. Smith and Clifford E. Knapp (New York: Routledge, 2011), 123-130.

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