The Canadian Camping Association is actively involved in numerous research projects and initiatives. In partnership with a number of academic institutions and professional organizations, the CCA supports research projects that further the field of children’s summer camping.

CCA commitment to research

  • Summer Camp jumping in lake - Canadian summer camp research, Canadian Camping AssociationEncourage universities and faculties within Canada to recognize camps as outstanding platforms for interdisciplinary research.
  • Lobby for organized camping to be a subject of study within academic disciplines.
  • Collaborate with national and international research efforts of like-minded organizations.
  • Seek funding for continuing study into camp phenomena within Canada.

What are the practical uses of camp research?

  • In our consumer-oriented society, research assures product quality within the market. Parents look for products and services for their families that have been backed up by research.
  • Governments, corporate sponsors, insurance underwriters and funding agencies all utilize research data for their decision making.
  • Findings provide camp professionals with the best and most current information on camp related issues and practices.
  • Research results document that camp experience can be a setting for positive youth development.
  • Data provides verification that specific camp goals are being met.
  • Findings indicate camp experience enhances learning skills development and total educational development through camp experience.
  • Research findings demonstrate that the camp-staff-experience contributes to total workforce development in emerging adults.

Camping Collection – Trent University Archives

Trent University’s library is home to the camping archives, which contains a wealth of material on the history of Canadian camping.

Call for Papers – Prize for Excellence in Research

Please download the Call for Papers for 2019’s competition.

For more information, please visit the Canadian Camp Research Award of Excellence page.