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National Study on the Developmental Outcomes of Camp

Between 2001 and 2004 the American Camp Association conducted national research with over 5000 families from 80 ACA-Accredited camps to determine the outcomes of the camp experience as expressed by parents and children.

Parents, camp staff, and children reported significant growth in campers’ self-esteem, peer relationships, independence, leadership, and several other outcomes related to social-emotional learning.

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The youth development outcomes tools were designed specifically for camps interested in exploring what their campers gain from their camp experience. Camps use the data they gather using these tools to advocate for funding and to demonstrate to parents that camp experiences foster important developmental outcomes, such as:

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Get Involved in Camp Research
Published Date: 2019-01-17

The ACA research team considers itself a hub that connects researchers and youth development professionals from a wide variety of organizations.  We are small but mighty! Read more about the people behind ACA’s research efforts and how you can get involved.

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