ACA Camp Business Operations Report

Access the most recent budget and finance data for camps. 

ACA Youth Outcomes Battery

ACA 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.

Compensation, Benefits, and Professional Development Report

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.

Research & Evaluation

ACA research efforts center on a two-fold approach that 1) advances the knowledge about the value of the camp experience and 2) enhances the business acumen of professionals involved in the industry of camp. These approaches allow for the development of tools, information, and resources that address current societal issues such as positive youth development in camp and other out-of-school time settings, youth outcomes, workforce development, as well as business issues around industry benchmarks, staff training, and quality program improvement.

Findings from Phase 2 of ACA's Camper Impact Study

This blog from ACA Director of Research Dr. Laurie Browne discusses the key findings from Phase 2 of the Camper and Staff Impact studies. 

Three Lessons Learned from Year 2 of ACA's Impact Study

In the latest Research 360 blog, Laurie Browne, PhD, shares some things we’ve learned this year from the Impact Study, starting with a throwback to what we said we were learning in Year 1. 

Research Updates from the Fall Research Advisory Committee Meeting

In the latest Research 360 blog post, ACA research assistant Rob Warner discusses updates from a recent Research Advisory Committee meeting.

Research You Can Use: Summer Camp as a Place Apart

Research is more than surveys, interviews, and statistics — it can be a valuable tool to use when designing camp programs, training staff, or in your marketing efforts. But it's also a critical tool for understanding how camp fits into the lives of today's youth. Research suggests that growing up in 2018 can be confusing, difficult, and complex, which means that kids need places where they can experience a different way of being. Summer camps might be the place. Here are findings of three research studies that you can use to make sure your camp is a place apart.

Benchmarking 101

Hello camp evaluators, and happy fall season. While some of you are as busy as ever, others are taking a deep breath for the first time in months. No matter where you are at, you are probably at or soon approaching a point where you will look back on summer 2018 and wonder, How did we do?

Factors That Influence Inclusion Practices

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer full of excitement and learning! I am new to the ACA Research 360 Blog and would like to introduce myself and share my story with you.

My name is Rob Warner and I am the new research assistant for ACA. I recently began my doctoral studies at the University of Utah and will be involved with ACA in a variety of roles over the next several years. I look forward to being a part of the research efforts and meeting many of you along the way!

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