Indianapolis, IN (November 30, 2011) — The American Camp Association (ACA) is pleased to announce a research collaboration with Texas A&M University on Workforce Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience during the 2012 summer.
In an effort to help young people identify the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed in the 21st century, the two will partner to survey and interview past camp staff that have entered the workforce to look and the immediate, medium, and long-range benefits associated with being a camp staff member.
“This is important and much needed research,” said Peg Smith, ACA’s chief executive officer. “The camp and youth development communities intuitively understand how camp programs contribute to the success of America’s children in the global community. The informed and evidence based articulation of how we develop the much needed 21st century work place and life skills will serve professionals, youth, and families – America’s future. ACA is pleased to collaborate with Texas A&M on this important study.”
Dr. Mat Duerden, Coordinator of Texas A&M’s Sequor Youth Development Initiative (YDI), echoed this sentiment adding, “The Workforce Development study provides A&M and YDI an exciting opportunity to collaborate with ACA on an important and unique camp research topic. Increasing our un