Innovative Programs

ACA's new three-year grant program is designed to foster evidence-informed planning, testing, and improving initiatives to increase access to and engagement in counselor-in-training (CIT) programs and other qualified leadership programs among young people with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities. 

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.

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.

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.

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