Resource Library

ACA Briefing Papers
Published Date: 2015-01-01

ACA wants to help busy camp professionals remain current on the research around "hot topics" that may affect our programs and practices or may be helpful with grant applications or key messages around the importance of the camp experience. "Briefing Papers" and "CARE Packages" are resource sites that continue to be developed and updated. We welcome additional contributions! If interested, please contact Laurie Browne at lbrowne@ACAcamps.org.

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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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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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Academic research articles must contain information useful to camp professionals. All manuscripts must be the original work of the author and not currently under review elsewhere or previously published.
 
Research article ideas for Camping Magazine's Research column are accepted from camp researchers on an ongoing basis. The Research column reflects current findings of camp-related research in a format that Camping Magazine readers can use to improve the quality of their programs and staff and enhance the experience of the campers.
 
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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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Emerging Issues
Published Date: 2015-08-20

As camp professionals, you know the world of camp is ever-changing.  In an effort to meet the needs of our dynamic camp community, ACA set out to determine the current and emerging issues that influence and impact your work. Thank you for helping us identify and understand these issues. Due to your survey feedback, we'll be better prepared to meet your needs for information and resources!

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

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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:

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Camp-School Partnership Survey
Published Date: 2010-01-01

The Camp-School Partnership Survey was distributed to 2,400+ ACA camps between December 2009 to January 2010 to better understand how the camp community intersects with the school community. This critical information was needed to position the camp community and increase our value proposition around educational reform, the kinds of settings that contribute to the development of children, the opportunities that best help children learn, and our belief that camp is an essential component of the formula.

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