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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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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 American Camp Association (ACA) continues to support the importance of research efforts into the business of camp operations through an annual systematic survey process focused on important business aspects. The focus for 2015 was on the collection of staff compensation, benefit, and professional development information.

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ACA YOB 2.0!
Published Date: 2016-01-21

Measuring Outcomes Just Got Simpler! Introducing YOB 2.0 Analysis Tools!

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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Program Quality Enhancement
Published Date: 2015-10-13

The resources on this page will help you address quality improvement in your programs, staff training, and health practices.

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

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Why Were These Tools Constructed?

Many camp professionals are faced with the challenge of proving that they meet their program goals. The following tools — designed with camp professionals in mind — are:

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Adult Perceptions of Outcomes' Growth

Two new versions of the ACA YOB were created to allow adults to make reliable and valid judgments about children’s outcome achievements:

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Camp Research Symposiums
Published Date: 2015-08-20

Every year the ACA National Research Forum (held as a part of the ACA National Conference) is an opportunity to share peer-reviewed research presented by scholars from a variety of fields about aspects of the camp experience. These presentations are compiled into an annual book of abstracts that includes the contact information for the researcher.  Also presented at the Forum each year is the research conducted by the winner of the Marge Scanlin Outstanding Student Research award.

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