ACA Camp Business Operations Report

Access the most recent budget and finance data for camps. 

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

Learn about ACA's summer camp research, camp evaluation tools and services, and research related to youth development and out-of-school time experiences.

Our Commitment to Camp Research You Can Use

Camp research is only as good as its use in summer camp. Learn how to use the five-year impact study early findings to improve your camp.

What I Learned about Camp Research at ACA National Conference

Camp research trends include focus on acquiring equity, staff-camper interactions, and critical learning moments for campers.

5-Year Impact Study Phase 2 Findings: Responsibility and Independence

ACA's 5-year impact study is a national research project focused on the lasting impacts of summer camp.

All Camp Is Impactful, but the More You Go, the More You Grow

A brand-new article on the impact of summer camp was recently published in the Journal of Leisure Research on the lasting impacts of camp experiences. 

What You Don’t Know Can’t Help You: The Value of Asking Your Staff

Staff feedback is vital to running a successful summer camp. Your staff are the only ones with the answers to these questions, so if you want to know the answers . . . ask them. 

What's Happening in Phase 3 of the Camp Impact Study

In this Research 360 blog post, Victoria Povilaitis discusses what's going on in phase three of the summer camp impact study.

Get Involved in Camp Research

The ACA research team considers itself a hub that connects researchers and youth development professionals from a wide variety of organizations.  We are small but mighty! Read more about the people behind ACA’s research efforts and how you can get involved.

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