Bibliographies of Camp-related Research

Bibliographies of Camp-related Research

Parental feedback in the evaluation of a camp for disadvantages children: The Camp Limberlost project
Belknap, L., Rickards, W., Belknap, P.
Paper presented at the American Camping Association National Convention (San Diego, CA February 27-March 3, 1984).

Purpose:
Examine camper changes resulting from the camp experience, solicit feedback from parents, identify areas for camp improvement, determine the effectiveness of various methods of data collection.

Sample:
Data collected from parents of 155 over a two-year period. Camp Affiliation: Camp Limberlost, a residential camp for disadvantaged children sponsored by the Bloomington Kiwanis and managed by Illinois State University.

Methods/Instruments:
Instruments: Audio and video tapes of camper interactions, daily camper reports, camper activity preference surveys, and parent follow-up surveys, and interviews conducted 6 weeks after camp.

Method: Post card surveys sent home to parents 6 months after the 1982 camp season and one month after the 1983 camp season.

Results:

  • Camper reports and activity preference surveys failed to suggest any concrete change in camper behavior as a result of the camp experience.
  • Results of post card surveys showed a positive trend in parent response in terms of feelings regarding the camp experience. Parents remarked that children displayed more independence, maturity and initiative.
  • Recommendation: structure surveys to address topics as they are perceived by parents, collect feedback soon after campers' return from camp, and use survey techniques that minimize response tasks for parents.

 

 

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