Program Quality Enhancement

The resources on this page will help you address quality improvement in your programs, staff training, and health practices.

Research Column Manuscript Requirements

Academic research articles must contain information useful to camp professionals. All manuscripts must be the original work of the author and not currently under review elsewhere or previously published.
Research article ideas for Camping Magazine's Research column are accepted from camp researchers on an ongoing basis. The Research column reflects current findings of camp-related research in a format that Camping Magazine readers can use to improve the quality of their programs and staff and enhance the experience of the campers.

2018 Camp Research Forum

Submit Your Camp Research Forum Call for Proposals

The American Camp Association invites researchers to present results of camp-related studies at the ACA Camp Research Forum to be held during the Association's 2018 National Conference from February 20-23, 2018 in Orlando, FL

Bios: Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation

The Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation has the charge to "advise and support the research function of the Association as it serves to develop and enhance knowledge generation and dissemination within ACA." 

Chairperson, Ann Gillard, Ph.D., will be working with Dr. Deb Bialeschki, Dr. Laurie Browne, Mary Rogers, Dr. Tom Akiva, and Dr. Tracey Gaslin to design studies, write scholarly articles, advise on grants, distribute results, and otherwise advance ACA's systematic program of research and evaluation.

CARE Applicant Information

The Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CARE) is seeking one new volunteer committee member. An applicant for a CARE member position should ideally have:

Frequently Asked Questions about the ACA Youth Outcomes Battery

Why Were These Tools Constructed?

Many camp professionals are faced with the challenge of proving that they meet their program goals. The following tools — designed with camp professionals in mind — are:

Show You Build 21st Century Learning Skills

Camp. Learning. Outcomes. College.

Can you prove that you improve the 21st Century learning skills of your campers?

ACA offers data-gathering measures that focus on 21st Century learning outcomes. Questionnaires are statistically tested, camp-specific, age-appropriate, easily administered tools, AND they can be customized to your intentional focus.

Healthy Camp Toolbox

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

Youth Camp Outcomes Analysis Tools

For use with ACA's Youth Camp Outcomes Battery

Please be sure to save the Excel files to your computer before adding data! Also download the instructions for reference.

The following analysis tools are in Microsoft Excel