Resource Library

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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Youth Camp Outcomes Analysis Tools
Published Date: 2010-01-19

For use with ACA's Youth Camp Outcomes Battery

Please be sure to save the Excel files to your computer before adding data! Also download the instructions for reference.

The following analysis tools are in Microsoft Excel

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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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The ACA Camp Sites, Facilities, and Programs Report: 2017 is an invaluable resource for camps interested in examining their business operations around programs, grounds, and facilities. Data for this report were gathered in November of 2016 in a survey of 1,350 camp owners and operators who were randomly selected based on stratified sampling to represent the 2,426 ACA accredited camps at the time of data collection.

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Healthy Camp Toolbox
Published Date: 2011-02-18

The Healthy Camp Toolbox, developed through the support of Markel Insurance (an ACA Mission Partner), provides a variety of resources for addressing health and safety issues in camps.

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ACA Youth Outcomes Battery
Published Date: 2015-08-20

Want youth feedback about outcomes from your program?

Camp Youth Outcomes BatteryACA offers data-gathering youth self-report measures that focus on common camp outcomes related to skills that build successful contributing members of our society. Questionnaires are statistically tested, camp-specific, age-appropriate, easily administered tools AND they can be customized to any camp.

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Camp. Learning. Outcomes. College.

Can you prove that you improve the 21st Century learning skills of your campers?

ACA offers data-gathering measures that focus on 21st Century learning outcomes. Questionnaires are statistically tested, camp-specific, age-appropriate, easily administered tools, AND they can be customized to your intentional focus.

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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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