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.

Camps on Campus Affinity Group at Spring Leadership Conference

Is your camp a university-run program? Do you operate on a campus? Come join this group of professionals who understand the challenges of running programs on a campus setting or an off-campus university property: youth protection, managing the risks of having underage participants on campus, best practices, policies and procedures, and staff training. Experience a half-day of collaboration, connecting with peers, and sharing ideas. This meeting represents the exceptional opportunity of defining the future work of the group, as group members are now formalizing a mission and goals.

From Silence to TMI: How to Get Useful Information from Your Parent Surveys

Surveying parents before, during, and after camp programs is one of the most common forms of camp evaluation, yet it is not easy to do well. Some parents are vocal and tell you more than you want to know while others do not complete the survey at all. This webinar will provide some tips to help you ask useful questions and get (lots of) useful responses, all while demonstrating to your parents that you value their voice and participation in your program.

Learning Objectives:

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.

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