ACA's Youth Impact Study - Phase 1 Findings

Promising themes from the interviews conducted in the exploratory phase.

Findings from Phase 1 of the 5-Year Research Project

ACA Director of Research Dr. Laurie Browne shares the emerging themes from Phase 1 of the Five Year Impact Study.  These preliminary findings point to the numerous ways camp prepares children for college, career, and beyond.

Introducing an Exciting Expansion of ACA's 5-Year Impact Study: Camp Staff Experiences

The 5-Year Impact Study's recent expansion focuses on if and how camp staff experiences prepare emerging adults for college, career, and life success.

A New Year, a New Approach to Evaluation

Greetings camp evaluators, and Happy New Year! The year 2018 brings with it a chance to try things or look at things you are currently doing with a fresh set of eyes. Yes, of course, I am talking about evaluation, which can include anything you do at your camp to systematically gather information, analyze that information, and use what you learned to make decisions about your programs, staff, policies, or practices. Whether you do these things or not, the new year is an excellent time to consider trying something new or changing something that you’ve done in the past.

12 Gifts for Merry Evaluating

I’m going to offer something that is in the spirit of the holiday season - gifts to help your evaluations!

Social Belonging for Youth Success — Research and Promising Practices, Part 2: How Can We Improve Our Practice?

Hi everybody! Thanks for joining me again for Part 2 of the summary of the Forum for Youth Investment webinar on social belonging for youth success. In Part 1, we discussed what social belonging is and why it’s important for youth to feel a sense of social belonging.

Social Belonging for Youth Success — Research and Promising Practices, Part 1: What Do We Know?

Have you ever walked in to a meeting, a class, or even a practice or activity and thought “wow, I do NOT belong here”? What kinds of feelings does an experience like that evoke in you? Positive feelings? Do you want to return to that environment? Do you feel comfortable learning and trying new things? I doubt it. For most of us, feeling like we don’t fit in or don’t belong is not a pleasant experience. For those of you who have never been in a position like this, let me tell you a quick story…

Developing Resilience in Girls through Camp Experiences

Girls today face a diverse range of challenges that can negatively affect their development. According to a recent report by the Girl Scouts of the USA (2013), such challenges include increased poverty rates and homelessness, physical violence (rape and sexual assault), low self-esteem and body image, bullying or aggression, lack of leadership opportunities, and feelings of depression and suicide. One way to help girls navigate these challenges is to provide opportunities to develop resilience skills.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reading and Using Qualitative Research

If you want to engage with research, I’ve created this easy guide to help you move from finding papers online to reading them, and ultimately implementing the suggestions in your own programs. 

From Camp Pro to Camp Researcher: Introducing ACA's New Research Assistant

Hi Camp Pros!

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know a bit about what I’m doing here on the American Camp Association® (ACA) Research 360 blog and in the camp world!