ACA Youth Outcomes Battery

Want youth feedback about outcomes from your program?

Camp Youth Outcomes BatteryACA offers data-gathering youth self-report measures that focus on common camp outcomes related to skills that build successful contributing members of our society. Questionnaires are statistically tested, camp-specific, age-appropriate, easily administered tools AND they can be customized to any camp.

Camp Evaluation Capacity — It's About Quality

Hi everyone!  Thanks for joining us as we dive a little deeper into the Research 360 circle; specifically, the part of the circle we are calling "local camps' evaluation capacity."  As we've described before, this local camp focus is the center of the circle, around which moves ACA's 5-year research study.  With the research team

Research 360: Research vs Evaluation

Greetings from the ACA Research Team!  As you might have heard, ACA has identified research as one of its strategic priorities for the next 5 years. This is exciting news for camp professionals because it promises new data, recognition, and support for the camp experience from individual camps to the camp industry as a whole.

Program Quality Enhancement

The resources on this page will help you address quality improvement in your programs, staff training, and health practices.

Program Improvement Toolbox!

ACA’s Program Improvement Toolbox!

  • Want ideas and resources to help take your program to the next level of quality?
  • Want to incorporate positive youth development elements into your program?
  • Want to use a proven tool to assess and improve your program? 
  • Want to get staff to buy-in to improving your program?
  • Want to be able document your program outcomes?

Yes? Then this resource filled online toolbox is for you!!

Designing Quality Youth Programs

If you believe your program offers a quality experience for your participants but also think doing even better is ideal, this course is for you. Designing Quality Youth Programs takes you through an eight step process focused on a rewarding journey of organizational improvement that recognizes each setting is different, every program is unique, and each improvement requires a targeted set of strategies.

Creating Positive Youth Outcomes: Linking Camp Programs to Camper Outcomes Through Assessment

This course is designed orient camp directors and administrators to the step-by-step process of implementing an assessment system that promotes positive youth outcomes at camp.  Starting with an overview of the key concepts of positive youth development, we'll focus on two major facets of assessment at camp:  assessment of program processes and assessment of camper outcomes.  Participants will complete Application Exercises throughout the course in order to apply course concepts directly to their specific camp.  Through this course, and through the thoughtful completion of the Application E

Designing Your Programs to Best Enhance the Camp Experience

Top Tips for Camps

  1. Intentionally select program activities that provide one or more of the youth-development supports (supportive relationships, safety, youth involvement, skill building).
  2. Identify and improve ways in which campers are immersed in your camp’s program, philosophy, traditions, and mission.
  3. Examine ways to enhance camper's feelings of physical and emotional safety.
  4. Create meaningful new practices in which youth feel involved in decision making and leadership opportunities.

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