Leadership Pathways Project: Grant Opportunities for CIT Program Development

ACA's new three-year grant program is designed to foster evidence-informed planning, testing, and improving initiatives to increase access to and engagement in counselor-in-training (CIT) programs and other qualified leadership programs among young people with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities. 

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.

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. 

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?

Camp Sites, Facilities, and Programs Report

The ACA Camp Sites, Facilities, and Programs Report: 2020 is an invaluable resource for camps interested in examining their business operations around programs, grounds, and facilities. Data for this report were gathered in November of 2019 in a survey sent to the primary contacts for 2,405 ACA accredited and member camps.  A total of 679 camps from the national sample responded to the survey (28% response rate).

Findings include:

  • camp property characteristics and nature of ownership
  • facilities and facility capacity
  • programs, partnerships, and outcome areas
  • session lengths
  • enrollment and enrollment trends

Respondents were asked to self-identify based on their primary program format: day only, overnight only, and combination of day and overnight.  Camps providing trip and travel programs and rental-based services were grouped into whichever category they selected. Reports are available in the following camp formats:

  1. Camps providing day camp experiences only
  2. Camps providing overnight camp experiences only
  3. Camps providing some combination of day, overnight, and rental group programming

Within these reports, key data points are further segmented by region, budget size, and business model (independent not-for-profit, independent for-profit, agency-affiliated, faith-based, and municipal/local government).

Read a snapshot of the Day Camp Report.

Survey results are available for free to ACA members. Please log in or join ACA today.