ACA Research Forum

The ACA Research Forum is an opportunity for researchers and camp professionals to share and discuss new research related to campers, camp staff, camp programs, and a wide variety of other camp-related topics. Previously known as the Camp Research Symposium.

ACA Research Briefing Papers

ACA wants to help busy camp professionals remain current on the research around "hot topics" that may affect our programs and practices or may be helpful with grant applications or key messages around the importance of the camp experience. The following research briefs were written by members of ACA’s Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation. We welcome additional contributions! If interested, please contact Laurie Browne at

As a benefit to members, ACA provides these briefing papers as free downloads. One free download is available to nonmembers. To view all the briefing papers, log in.

  • Adjustment to Separation and Camp
  • Campers with Serious Illness
  • Challenging Activities and Camps
  • Child-Adult Relationships New
  • Decision-Making and Camps
  • Emotional Intelligence (Canadian study) New 
  • Emotional Safety and Camps
  • Family Camp Experiences
  • Injury and Illness in Camps
  • Learning and Camp
  • Noncognitive Learning
  • Peer Relationships and Camps
  • Physical Activity and Camps
  • Self-Determination Theory
  • Siblings of Children with Serious Illness New
  • Staff Practices of High Quality Youth Programs
  • Teamwork and Camps
  • Workforce Skill Development in Camp 

Directions: Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience

Research done to determine the outcomes of the camp experience as expressed by parents and children.