CampWire Episode #7 - Inclusion at Camp

In the seventh episode of CampWire, ACA's President/CEO Tom Rosenberg talks with Niambi Jaha-Echols about inclusion and cross-cultural agility.

CampWire Episode #6 — Meet the Eells Program Award Winners

In the sixth episode of CampWire, the American Camp Association's podcast, meet the winners of the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence. The five camps will be honored next month at the National Conference

This episode is sponsored by USA Triathlon.

Findings from Phase 1 of the 5-Year Research Project

ACA Director of Research Dr. Laurie Browne shares the emerging themes from Phase 1 of the Five Year Impact Study.  These preliminary findings point to the numerous ways camp prepares children for college, career, and beyond.

Parents: An Evaluation Holy Grail

Greetings Camp Evaluators, and a thousand thanks for taking a minute to read about evaluation during this busy, busy precamp season. I have a topic for you that is likely very real for you right now, and will remain real throughout the summer. The topic: parents, care-givers, and other adults who are responsible for the children you serve. You know, the ones that call, email, text, show up…anything they can do to talk to you about their children. Except when it comes to surveys — then it is radio silence.

CARE-ing for Camp: The Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation

Hello Camp Evaluators! Spring is a busy time for camp people — with the ACA National Conference, several major regional conferences, and annual camp preparations, it is hard to believe camp people can find time to volunteer for ACA. But indeed, there are volunteers at local and national levels that give their time and expertise to our camp community over and above their many, many camp responsibilities.

Help Your Staff Development with Free Member November

Hello Camp Directors! November is a big month for ACA! We've been thinking about ways we can help you with staff development for the coming year.

Research 360: The Quality vs. Outcomes Smackdown

If you've been following this blog you know that the Research 360 goal is to build camp evaluation capacity. Thus far I've described what this means and why it is important, and in the most recent post I suggested that camp evaluation capacity is all about quality because quality camp experiences are more likely to produce positive camp outcomes.  I

How Can Camps Support Transgender Youth?

What does "transgender" mean? Transgender or trans* are umbrella terms referring to all of the diverse identities in the gender spectrum.

Creating Craters and Chasing Comets — Three Days of Science and Fun

Nestled on the banks of the Guadalupe River, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is Mo-Ranch. A summer camp, conference center, and oasis of beauty. I imagine we could all describe our sites using similar words. Like you we offer swimming, hiking, ropes course, arts, singing, etc. And just like you we are looking for new ways to engage current campers and attract new ones.

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