Our Research

Campers and staff with arms around each other

The ACA research team supports and facilitates rigorous research in order to expand the value and visibility of the camp experience and provide research-informed resources for camps.  Explore summaries, scholarly reports, research briefs, and research-informed resources from current and past research initiatives.

Research on Youth & Staff Outcomes and Camp Program Quality

Read about ACA’s ongoing Impact Study, which includes research related to camper, teen, and staff outcomes and how these outcomes prepare camp participants to thrive in college, in their careers, and in their lives outside of camp.  This page also includes other reports and research-based resources related to the camp experience.


Research Related to Camp Business Operations

Analyze camp industry trends through summaries of our annual business operations reports.  We commission three reports on a rotating basis; the most recent findings are available in day, overnight, and combined reports.


Research from the ACA Research Forum

Access abstracts from peer-reviewed research presented at the ACA National Conference each year, and to learn more about how to submit a research proposal to the Research Forum.  Here you can also learn about our two research-related awards, the Marge Scanlin Award for Outstanding Student Research and the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice.