The ACA Research Forum is an opportunity for researchers and camp professionals to share and discuss new research related to campers, camp staff, camp programs, and a wide variety of other camp-related topics. Studies are blind peer-reviewed and accepted based on their relevance to the camp field and the rigor of their methods, and presented both orally and in a poster session each year at the ACA National Conference.

Abstracts from all of the research presented at the Forum are available by year, and include the name and contact information for the researcher. Questions about specific studies should be directed to the researcher; questions about the Forum can be submitted to

Also presented at the Forum each year is the research conducted by the winner of the Marge Scanlin Award for Outstanding Student Research and the camp recipents of the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice.

Interested in submitting an abstract to the ACA Research Forum?