Research Efforts

In order to promote the advantages of the camp experience, the ACA has engaged in several research efforts. Below are the results from recent studies:

 

Directions: Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience

Within this study, parents, camp staff, and children reported significant growth in:

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

Directions — Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience (PDF - 2.8MB)

Inspirations: Developmental Supports and Opportunities of Youths' Experience at Camp

This study was designed to provide benchmark data on the developmental supports and opportunities at camp through asking campers the following questions:

  • How does the developmental quality of the camp experience vary by the type of camp they attend
  • How does the developmetal quality of the camp experience vary by characteristics of the camper?
  • What contributes most to an optimal camp experience?

Inspirations — Developmental Supports and Opportunities of Youths' Experiences at Camp (PDF - 1.5MB)
 

Innovations: Improving Youth Experiences in Summer Programs

This study provides a summary of the strategies and practices implemented by 23 camps that went through a program improvement process and offers camps a step-by-step way to carry out their own process.

Innovations — Improving Youth Experiences in Summer Programs (PDF - 3.5MB)
 

 

Highlights From ACA's Camp Business Operations Report: 2006

The American Camp Association (ACA) conducts periodic research on business issues, the benefits of the summer camp experience, and youth development. In November and December 2005, the association funded a major survey on camp business operations. The results indicate that the camp community remains a complicated family with a great degree of diversity among its members.

Highlights from ACA's Camp Business Operations Report: 2006
 

For more information on research conducted by ACA, please visit: www.ACAcamps.org/research

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