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.

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?

Community as the Foundation for Camp Program Quality

This Research 360 blog post provides an update on some of ACA's current research, including how the research projects have been adapted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 ACA Research Forum

Share your camp-related research at the 2021 Camp Research Forum, held in conjunction with the American Camp Association National Conference, February 2-5, 2021, in New Orleans, LA! A virtual option for attending and presenting will be available.

What to Evaluate in Virtual or Alternative Programs

Hello camp friends, and welcome to the second in our short Research 360 series focusing on evaluation during the time of COVID-19. In our first blog we suggested that, like trees, your evaluation systems might contract as you focus on the health and safety of your camp community — and that’s OK! Those systems will expand again when things get back to normal.

Healthy Camp Toolbox

The "Toolbox" provides a variety of resources for addressing health, safety, & mental health issues in camps.

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