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Canadian Summer Camp Research Project

The University of Waterloo published a poster outlining parent perceptions of the changes they have observed in their children after returning from summer camp.

Camps are encouraged to use the information on the poster as they speak with families about the beneficial experiences that summer camp provides.

Business Survey

Additional Resources

  • During the summer of 2015, the United Way invested in four summer camp programs across London and Middlesex area. Their report provides a snapshot of how these camps impacted those who attended.
  • The Teresa Group operates a one-week camp where children and youth affected by HIV can connect with peers facing similar challenges, gain a sense of belonging within a supportive community and reduce their isolation. The research design of the Canadian Summer Camp Research Project (Canadian Camping Association – University of Waterloo Partnership) was used to evaluate their camp program.
  • The 2015 American Camp Association annual conference featured a Research Forum. The Book of Abstracts features 16 abstracts that were presented at the conference.
  • Dr. Stephen Fine’s article, Fighting for Free Play (published in the Nov/Dec 2014 issues of ACA’s Camping Magazine)
  • The 2014 International Camping Congress featured a Research Symposium with papers presented by authors from Canada, the United States, Japan, and Mongolia. You can download the Book of Abstracts that was presented at the Symposium.
  • The American Camp Association 2014 Research Forum Abstracts (19 papers including the CCA/University of Waterloo study) are all available for free on the ACA Research Forum page.

Additional Works

The CCA presents the work of Canadian undergraduate students and graduate student work-in-progress in the interests of encouraging and promoting camp research at the university level.

Elizabeth Cooper (Vancouver Island University)
Click here to access Elizabeth’s two papers (“Camp Consumer Behaviour Project” and “Camp Staff Training Report 2011”).

Coughlan, R. & Blakey, J.B. (Trent University)
Coughlan, R. & Blakey, J.B. (2012) : Nature and Physical Activity at Camp: A qualitative ecopsychological study