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

Our 2019 Call for Papers – Prize for Excellence in Research is complete.

The 2019 Winner for the Prize for Excellence in Research is Victoria Polivaitis, PhD Student, American Camp Association Research Assistant, College of Health, University of Utah for: Smartphone-free summer camp: adolescent perspectives of a leisure context for social and emotional learning.

Pub. World Leisure Journal, Aug 30, 2019. Victoria has given “author’s permission” for CCA to include the article in the Research Database, and for a hard copy to be deposited in the “Camping Collections” at the Trent University Archives.

The 2020 CALL FOR CAMPING RESEARCH PAPERS is open – find the criteria here.

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