Research at Your Camp

discovering what matters most in your camp community

Find out what works at camp

Local, contextual research. Tailor-made for your camp. Led by an experienced team of researchers.

Doing research to help you design your programs and make your case to your constituency is critical and cutting edge. In this competitive world full of distractions and alternatives, those that can show camp actually makes a difference will have an advantage.

For the first time ever in religious camping, a skilled research team is able to work directly with individual camps to help them evaluate and demonstrate the impact of their programs.

Join more than 3 dozen other camps that have participated in the Effective Camp Project. This well-established research methodology has been peer-reviewed and implemented at Christian camps from multiple denominations, in multiple US states and in Canada. By participating in the Effective Camp Project, you will receive your own data from campers and parents, and you will be able to see how your camp compares to dozens of other camps in multiple constructs, allowing you to highlight the areas where you shine and target other areas for improvement.

Not interested in one of our well-established projects? No problem! We will come to your setting and do a research study tailor made for your camp. The benefits include being able to:

  • Evaluate and design programs that make a difference
  • Train your staff in practices that have major impact
  • Inform and guide your board and executive decisions based upon what works
  • Market your camp programs with empirical data to support your claims
  • Add to the national pool of data on effective camp research

To get started, fill out the form below, or contact Dr. Jacob Sorenson at to get started.

NEW! Engage the Research Through an Online Course

The Effective Camp E-Course is a way to dive deeply into research findings with your outdoor ministries team. These interactive sessions will help you apply camp research in your context.

Ready to learn more about your camp than ever before?

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