American Camp Association Impact Study
Hi Tumbleweed families! We have some exciting news to share with you. Tumbleweed is participating in an innovative research project conducted by the American Camp Association (ACA) and their research partners at the University of Utah. As an ACA-accredited camp, we are proud to have been included in a select group of camps that are a part of ACA’s Impact Study. The Impact Study, which takes place over the next several years, is examining how camp experiences prepare campers and camp staff to thrive in college, in their careers, and in their lives outside of camp.
Evidence of the benefits of attending camp is not new; in fact, camp researchers have demonstrated for almost 90 years that camp promotes valuable outcomes, especially in areas such as social skills, personal responsibility, and self-esteem. ACA’s research partners at the University of Utah are looking to take these well-established findings a step further by exploring, for the first time, the long-term benefits of attending camp for both campers and the young adults who work as camp counselors.
What does this research project mean for Tumbleweed? The research team will conduct surveys and interviews with campers, parents, and staff members about four times each year for three years so they can understand what happens at camp and during the non-summer months. We will be reaching out to eligible staff and parents asking them to participate — we will not contact campers directly, and the results will be shared with us anonymously. Participation is voluntary and will not affect any child’s or staff member’s experience at this camp. The fun part? Participating families and staff members will receive a $20 Amazon gift card from the research team each time they complete a survey or participate in an interview.
As many of you know, Tumbleweed strives to provide the best experience for our campers and families. We are able to do this through various methods, one of which is learning more about how the camp experience helps people grow. We are excited to see how the Tumbleweed experience helps youth become confident, capable and happy adults.
We are thrilled to be involved in this project and look forward to sharing with you what we learn. Want to know more? Check out the American Camp Association’s Research 360 blog or contact us at 310-472-7474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.