Creating a Sense of Community in Camp

Online Course

Camps are often described as communities or even families.  It’s true - camp is a community and the ability of staff members to help foster a positive sense of community at camp can be critical to the success of the camp experience. This course was designed to teach front-line staff how to help children and youth develop a sense of community and connectedness to the camp experience.  Staff will learn how “sense of community” is defined and why it’s important.  They’ll also learn about barriers that can reduce a camper’s sense of community and specific strategies for enhancing sense of community. The course focuses on specific tips and techniques that all staff can implement and resources that camps can add to their staff training tool-kits.  

Although this course was designed with camps in mind, the strategies are applicable to many other youth settings such as after-school programs, environmental education centers, and youth sports.

Jeff Jacobs, Ph.D.


Purchase single person access

Price: $25 member; $60 nonmember

Purchase access for multiple persons (up to 10)

Price: $55 member; $90 nonmember

Please contact ACA to place your order for more than 10 learners 800-428-2267 ext. 508

Please note the following for subscription access:

  • You will be required to supply enrollment information to each learner
  • The cost of the course allows up to 10 members of your staff to take the course.

Presenter Bio(s)

Jeff Jacobs, Ph.D., is as an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California. His research and teaching has focused on outdoor and camp leadership, adventure travel and tourism, affinity for nature, and sense of community. Jeff has served as a summer camp director for the past fourteen summers, continues to lead international adventure trips, and is often the biggest kid at camp. He has made multiple international, national, and regional presentations and has been a frequent contributor to Camping Magazine. Jeff has served as the coordinator of ACA’s Camp Research Symposium since 2007.