Assessing the Benefits of Camp with ACA’s New ABC Tool

This Research 360 blog post discusses ACA's new, easy-to-use, free survey tool that helps measure the outcomes of camp programs.

Update on the Camp Program Quality Initiative: Spotlight on the Assessment Development Working Group

To continue with our blog series spotlighting the work our Community of Practice has been doing, I’m sharing what our Assessment Development Working Group worked on over the winter. As a reminder, we created three distinct working groups focused on Continuous Quality Improvement Systems Design, Assessment Development, Toolkit and Resource Development, and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Integration Team to weave these values throughout our program quality work.

Evidence-Informed Guidance for Summer Camp Staff Training, Part 2: Competencies and Training Effectiveness

Part two of this Research 360 blog series covers what competencies summer staff should learn during training and how training effectiveness is influenced by characteristics of camp staff.

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.

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.

Measuring Camper Impact (Virtually)

Camp Twin Lakes (CTL) serves campers who have medical illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges at two year-round camp locations in Georgia. CTL operates as a partner model camp, serving over 60 partner organizations each year. CTL’s partners are various types of nonprofit organizations who bring the populations that they serve to CTL’s facilities for camping programs. 

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.

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