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.

Tools for Evaluating Participants and Programs

Explore ACA’s measurement tools and evaluation support services for camps, as well as other youth outcomes and program quality assessment resources.

Our Research

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.

Camp Impact Study Participants and Financial Supporters

We thank the following ACA accredited camps for supporting the Camp Impact Study by helping the team recruit research participants.

5-Year Camp Impact Study

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

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