The American Camp Association Releases the Healthy Camp Study Impact Report

Five Year Study Culminates in Report on Illness and Injuries in Camp
Indianapolis, IN (February 15, 2011) – The American Camp Association® (ACA) is pleased to announce the release of the Healthy Camp Study Impact Report 2006-2010: Promoting Health and Wellness Among Youth and Staff through a Systematic Surveillance Process in Day and Resident Camps. The report is the culmination of a five year study on illness and injury at camp.
 
From 2006 to 2010, hundreds of day and resident camps participated in the Healthy Camp Study, monitoring illness and injury at camp. Health care staff at each participating camp entered weekly health data about camper and staff injuries and illnesses using an online data entry system called CAMP RIO™ (Reporting Information Online). This study is the first ever long-term illness and injury surveillance study conducted with a representative sample of U.S. summer camps. 
 
In addition to providing descriptive data about the who, what, when, where, and why of camper and staff injuries and illness, the report also provides recommendations for improved health and safety practices in camps based on the study findings.    
 
“We are so pleased with this important research,” said Peg Smith, ACA’s chief executive officer. “Not only were we able to gather one-of-a-kind data, but this data in turn will help establish new health and safety policies and best practices.”
 
The Healthy Camp Study Impact Report is now available at www.acacamps.org/research/enhance/reduce-injury-illness. In addition, the ACA Web site includes other resources for reducing injuries and illnesses in camps and other youth settings.
 
The Healthy Camp Study was conducted in cooperation with several national partners. The generous funding for the study was provided by Markel Insurance Company, an ACA Mission Partner. Faculty and research assistants from the Center for Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University provided epidemiology expertise for data collection, analysis, and reporting. The Association and Camp Nurses and the National Recreation and Park Association provided assistance with camp recruitment and the dissemination of the study results. ACA thanks these partners for ensuring the success of the Healthy Camp Study.
 
About ACA
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.
 
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