ACA Camp Business Operations Report

Access the most recent budget and finance data for camps. 

Staffing, Compensation, and Benefits Report

Each year, the American Camp Association (ACA) surveys its members about specific areas of their camp operations and makes the results available so camps can benchmark their business practices. The focus for 2017-2018 was on the following issues related to camp staff:

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 Research & Innovation

The ACA research team supports and facilitates rigorous research in order to expand the value and visibility of the summer camp experience and provide research-informed resources for camps.  Explore summaries, scholarly reports, research briefs, and research-informed resources from current and past research initiatives.

Celebrating Camp: New Research on the Similarities and Differences across Camp Types

This Research 360 blog post discusses a new study called Similarities and Differences in Summer Camps: A Mixed Methods Study of Lasting Outcomes and Program Elements.

5-Year Camp Impact Study

Exploring the outcomes of the camp experience related to career/college readiness for campers and staff.

Update on the Camp Program Quality Initiative

Building systems of continuous quality improvement within our camps and greater community ultimately supports our goal of positive youth development — and this is exactly what the Camp Program Quality Initiative has set out to do.

Shaping Summertime Experiences: Critical Recommendations for this Critical Time

This blog post discusses highlights from the Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth study published by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and discusses why it might be even more relevant during the pandemic.

The Curious Friendship Between Logic Models and Theory of Change

This blog post discusses the differences between logic models and the theory of change, and how they work together to inform research and outcomes.

Camp Research in the Age of COVID-19

Research is a big thing right now.  Of course it is — people seek certainty when things are uncertain, as they certainly are amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Research brings certainty, right?

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