Resource Library

Research reports, summaries, data, and maps — all the data from all the research. 

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Selecting Camp Healthcare Technologies
Published Date: 2013-10-27

Considerations in the Selection of Camp Healthcare Technologies

Futurists predict that camps will have compelling interests and benefits for utilizing electronic health records within the next 3-5 years. Some camps are already using electronic records and incorporating technologies in a myriad of ways to support camp healthcare.  Camp professionals have asked for more information about selecting appropriate technologies to support camp health services. 

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Measure Youth Outcomes Online (YOB 2.0)
Published Date: 2016-01-21

The basic format of the Youth Outcomes Battery (YOB-Basic) is available online. These measures assess how much youth (10-17 years old) increased on 11 youth development outcomes, allow you to collect data electronically, and automatically produce statistical reports to help you understand your results. This online system:

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Meet the volunteer advisory committee for the 5-year ACA research project.

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Research 360
Published Date: 2016-09-14

Research 360 is ACA’s new strategic direction focused on research and evaluation that aims to improve camp experiences for youth and to advocate for the value of camp to our many audiences.

Why the name "Research 360"?

This name captures two features of a circle: The 360 degree path of a circle and the center around which this path moves. The name represents the two dimensions of ACA’s strategic direction that have exciting implications for individual camps and the camp industry in general.

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The purpose of the Exploratory Phase, or Phase 1 of the Impact Study, was to identify distinct and transferable outcomes of the camp experience among emerging adults who attended camp as a child. Specifically, the research team explored the outcomes of camp that are distinct from other developmental contexts, such as school and sports, how camp participants use those outcomes to navigate work and school, and what happened at camp to facilitate outcome development.

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5-Year Camp Impact Study
Published Date: 2019-01-01

It’s been over a decade since ACA conducted its first national study to identify what kids learn from camp experiences. ACA and its camp community used those findings to design programs, train staff, and advocate to parents and funders the value in sending a child to camp. But we need to know more.

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ACA relies on its camp community to support research. Nearly 80 ACA-accredited camps were selected from a stratified random sample to participate in the study by helping the research team recruit campers, former campers, staff, and parents to participate in Phases 1, 2, or three of the Youth Impact Study, the Spencer Foundation Study of Leadership Development at Camp, or the Staff Impact Study.

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Our Research
Published Date: 2019-01-11

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.
 

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At ACA, we believe that the value and visibility of the camp industry depends largely on the extent to which our camps are evaluating their campers, staff, programs, and operations, and using what they learn through their evaluations to strive for continuous program improvement. Explore ACA’s measurement tools and evaluation support services, as well as other youth outcomes and program quality assessment resources.

 

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