Impacts of a Southern Indiana Summer Camp: Adult Reflections on Childhood Experiences.

Scholars have well documented the impact on youth of attending a residential summer camp. Quantitative studies, generally consisting of pre/post assessments, have found positive outcomes related to self-esteem, self-efficacy, hard skills, and social skills. We explored the long-term outcomes of the camp experience through adult recollections of the camp experience. Participants’ interviews provided four primary, emergent themes: self growth, affinity for nature, life skills, and relationship. Outcomes appear to stem from camper-counselor relationships and unstructured free time. This study highlights the lifelong benefits of the camp experience and suggests there is utility in collecting adult long-term recollections of childhood memories.


Publication Date:
2017
Date Submitted:
Aug 10 2018
ISSN:
2325-4017
Citation:
Journal of Youth Development
11
3
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