(A Component of ACA’s Youth Outcomes Surveys for Administration in Camps and Other Youth Settings)
The ACA Youth Outcomes Battery provides camps and other youth programs with measures that focus on ten common youth outcomes. The statistically tested questionnaires are age-appropriate, short and concise, easily administered tools that can be individualized to a camp, afterschool program, or other youth programs. While the battery was designed with the camp setting in mind (e.g, nature-based context, residential nature, small group living, and youth focused nature of camps) the measures are focused on strong development outcomes that are not predicated on particular settings.
Camp Connectedness Scale is one specific outcome measure from the battery. This measure was designed for youth 10-17 years of age with only the status version as an appropriate format since the status+change version necessitates responses tied to a previous experience (i.e., time at a camp). The questionnaire measures the camper’s personal relationship to camp (adapted from Libbey, 2004). Specifically, the scale answers, do campers feel welcomed and supported at camp?