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2009 Camp2grow Impact Report, Barry Garst, Karla Henderson 2015 Clemson University

2009 Camp2grow Impact Report, Barry Garst, Karla Henderson

Barry A Garst

Camp 2 Grow, funded through Lilly Endowment Inc., is an initiative created by the American Camp Association (ACA) to encourage and teach leadership skills among youth in nature-based settings. In the summer of 2009, twenty-four day and resident camps completed the Camp 2 Grow program,serving approximately 840 male and female youth. Camps served youth from five major metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York, and Los Angeles. Youth completed lessons in the following core leadership areas: Leadership, Character, Teamwork, Building Relationships, Taking Risks and Getting Results, Problem-Solving, and Planning. Youth also conducted an environmental stewardship activity and were challenged ...


Undergraduate Student Internships In Natural Resources At Virginia 4-H Educational Centers, Jeff Kirwan, Barry Fox, Barry Garst 2015 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Undergraduate Student Internships In Natural Resources At Virginia 4-H Educational Centers, Jeff Kirwan, Barry Fox, Barry Garst

Barry A Garst

Virginia has six 4-H educational centers that provide residential camping experiences for over 22,000 youth per year, the second largest 4-H camping program in the United States. These children may have many learning opportunities in the areas of natural resources and outdoor living skills. Beginning in 1995, the Chesapeake Bay Program in cooperation with the Virginia Division of Soil and Water Conservation provided funds for water quality instructors at each of the 4-H Centers. In 1998, the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation began supporting a similar internship program for undergraduate students to serve as forestry instructors. Nearly 50 undergraduate students ...


"Growing Without Limitations:" Transformation Among Young Adult Camp Staff, Barry A. Garst, Nancy K. Franz, Sarah Baughman, Chris Smith, Brian Peters 2015 Clemson University

"Growing Without Limitations:" Transformation Among Young Adult Camp Staff, Barry A. Garst, Nancy K. Franz, Sarah Baughman, Chris Smith, Brian Peters

Barry A Garst

A strong body of research has developed over the last decade regarding the developmental outcomes of camp experiences of children and adolescents. However, few formal studies have been conducted to determine how camp experiences lead to deep personal change in young adult staff. In this study, the authors used focus groups and an online survey to explore transformation among young adult camp staff. Specifically, they examined (a) how camp involvement promotes transformation in young adults, and (b) what conditions in the camp environment promote personal change. Staff reported that personal change at camp was related to the developmental outcomes they ...


Consistency Of Developmental Outcomes Of 4-H Camp Experiences Over Time And Across Sites, Sarah Baughman, Barry Garst, Nicholas Fuhrman 2015 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Consistency Of Developmental Outcomes Of 4-H Camp Experiences Over Time And Across Sites, Sarah Baughman, Barry Garst, Nicholas Fuhrman

Barry A Garst

The purpose of this study was to explore the developmental outcomes of 4-H camp experiences as identified by parents and guardians. The authors examined (1) the changes in youth life skill behaviors that parents/guardians attribute to a 5-day residential 4-H camping experience, (2) their perceptions of consistency in the life skills gained across multiple camps and years, and (3) differences in life skill development between male and female youth participants. Parents of campers ages 9-13 were randomly sampled in 2001 (n=363), 2004 (n=326), and 2007 (n=326) and asked to report changes in their child's behavior ...


Beginning With The End: Day Camp Training By Design, Barry Garst, Linda Pulliam 2015 Clemson University

Beginning With The End: Day Camp Training By Design, Barry Garst, Linda Pulliam

Barry A Garst

Based on the needs assessment conducted by ACA in the fall of 2003, several critical needs were expressed by day camp directors. These included: managing camper behavior, managing staff behavior and motivating staff, camper health and wellness, human resources and personnel, and risk/crisis management. Because most day camps in Virginia are required to be licensed, few day camps choose to be accredited. Unfortunately, VDSS requirements emphasize health and administrative standards with little emphasis on conduct of program and staff training. With day camps under the same umbrella as day care centers, training that is offered to day camp staff ...


How Healthy Is Camp? Exploring Early Results From The Surveillance Study Of Injuries And Illness, Linda Erceg, Barry Garst, Gwynn Powell, R Comstock 2015 Association of Camp Nurses

How Healthy Is Camp? Exploring Early Results From The Surveillance Study Of Injuries And Illness, Linda Erceg, Barry Garst, Gwynn Powell, R Comstock

Barry A Garst

This article explores what was learned from the Healthy Camp Study during the first two years of the study (summers of 2006 and 2007). Although we'll have a more complete picture after the next three years of the study, we are already gaining important information about where camps might target prevention efforts. Before you read about these results, think about how your camp currently benefits from this exciting study. Have you participated in either or both of the past two summers? Did you know that participation is free and that you can still enroll for next summer? Did you ...


The Benefits Of Camp Employment: More Than Just Fun And Games, Mat Duerden, Barry Garst, Deb Bialeschki 2015 Brigham Young University

The Benefits Of Camp Employment: More Than Just Fun And Games, Mat Duerden, Barry Garst, Deb Bialeschki

Barry A Garst

Many employers are concerned about the readiness of the emerging workforce1. Emerging adults themselves share these concerns, as evidenced by results from a nationwide survey in which 46 percent of high-school graduates currently in the workforce and 39 percent of individuals currently in college reported feeling a gap between what they learned in school and what was expected of them on the job2.


Investing In What's Important: Five Tips To Guide A Professional Development And Training Plan, Barry Garst 2015 Clemson University

Investing In What's Important: Five Tips To Guide A Professional Development And Training Plan, Barry Garst

Barry A Garst

At a recent camp conference, a between-session conversation among several directors focused on organizational budget cuts and the lack of travel dollars for adequate continuing education.

Be intentional about camp staff training. Photo courtesy of Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, Colo.

This is a common scenario for organizations big and small. Tighter budgets can correlate to diminished continuing education and training plans for frontline staff, managers, and directors.

Yet savvy camp professionals know that maintaining a strong knowledge base and skill set, as well as documenting the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, is important for both productivity and ...


Research: Family Camp Impacts On Family Functioning, Barry Garst, Sarah Baughman, Nancy Franz, Richard Seidel 2015 Clemson University

Research: Family Camp Impacts On Family Functioning, Barry Garst, Sarah Baughman, Nancy Franz, Richard Seidel

Barry A Garst

Families are a foundational structure of society that play a critical role in the health and well-being of communities. Every aspect of the American family is experiencing change, including the number of adults who marry, the number of households that are formed by married people, the number of children that are conceived, and the number of non-family households (Nock, 2005). Considering these trends, programming to strengthen family relationships is particularly relevant and urgent. Research suggests that family camps — typically a residential multi-day camp experience designed for children and family members — can play a role in enhancing family functioning (Agate & Covey ...


Camp 2 Grow: Teaching Leadership And Environmental Stewardship To New York City Youth, Barry Garst, Christopher Chavez 2015 Clemson University

Camp 2 Grow: Teaching Leadership And Environmental Stewardship To New York City Youth, Barry Garst, Christopher Chavez

Barry A Garst

Within the movement to connect children and nature, there is a growing sentiment that if children fail to develop attachments to natural spaces and places, society will ultimately fail to raise the next generation of stewards who will care for and protect their environment. Challenging youth to be leaders and stewards is an integral part of the camp experience, with many camps serving as living laboratories for the teaching of youth leadership using a variety of approaches.


Identifying 4-H Camping Outcomes Using A Standardized Evaluation Process Across Multiple 4-H Educational Centers, Barry Garst, F Bruce 2015 Clemson University

Identifying 4-H Camping Outcomes Using A Standardized Evaluation Process Across Multiple 4-H Educational Centers, Barry Garst, F Bruce

Barry A Garst

While camp participation has been found to positively affect youth, statewide 4-H camp evaluation is often difficult because camps are conducted at many different sites over a large geographical area and far away from their land-grant university. In cooperation with six regional Virginia 4-H educational centers, the State 4-H Office implemented a standardized evaluation process to identify 4-H camping outcomes. Camper and parent/guardian surveys identified multiple life skill benefits as a result of 4-H camp participation. Additionally, the study provided further support that collaboration between university faculty and field staff is a powerful tool for Extension programming.


Examining Youth Camping Outcomes Across Multiple States: The National 4-H Camping Research Consortium (Ncrc), Barry A. Garst, Allison Nichols, Jill Martz, Niki Nestor McNeely, Laura Bovitz, Denise Frebertshauser, Suzanne Le Menestrel, Jill Walahoski 2015 Clemson University

Examining Youth Camping Outcomes Across Multiple States: The National 4-H Camping Research Consortium (Ncrc), Barry A. Garst, Allison Nichols, Jill Martz, Niki Nestor Mcneely, Laura Bovitz, Denise Frebertshauser, Suzanne Le Menestrel, Jill Walahoski

Barry A Garst

The impact of residential camp participation is needed for camps focused on a variety of outcomes including education, summer fun, prevention, and youth development. One system, the Cooperative Extension Service, conducts 4-H residential camps in most states nationwide every year. These camps, though offering educational enhancement and fun activities, are focused on youth development, incorporating a framework called the essential elements of positive youth development. The National 4-H Camping Research Consortium (NCRC), a group of Extension specialists and county-level educators, designed and piloted assessment tools for 4-H camps that can be used at any camp that focuses on youth development ...


From What To How: Targeting Specific Factors That Influence Outcomes, Barry Garst 2015 Clemson University

From What To How: Targeting Specific Factors That Influence Outcomes, Barry Garst

Barry A Garst

Camp research conducted by Extension provides ample empirical evidence that the camp experience contributes to healthy child development. National and state outcomes resources have emerged allowing Extension educators to target youth outcomes at camp. Although the emphasis on outcomes has been important and productive, the time has come to focus not only on specific youth outcomes but also on the antecedents of change. Such a focus would allow Extension to identify specific camp program components that make positive youth outcomes more likely. Extension educators are challenged to consider antecedents of change in future camp research and evaluation projects.


Exploring The Adolescent Life Skill Outcomes Of State 4-H Congress Participation And The Different Outcomes Of Gender And Race Groups, Barry Garst, Joseph Hunnings, Kathleen Jamison, Jewel Hairston, Robert Meadows, Wendy Herdman 2015 Clemson University

Exploring The Adolescent Life Skill Outcomes Of State 4-H Congress Participation And The Different Outcomes Of Gender And Race Groups, Barry Garst, Joseph Hunnings, Kathleen Jamison, Jewel Hairston, Robert Meadows, Wendy Herdman

Barry A Garst

Research suggests residential 4-H programs enhance life skills. The study reported here explored the life skill outcomes of a 4-day residential State 4-H Congress. Participants were youth ages 14-18. A retrospective pre test and post test were used to evaluate life skills development. Paired sample t-tests indicated significant differences among all of the pre-test and post-test gain scores. Analysis of variance comparisons indicated males and females differed on some life skill items. The study supports the importance of purposeful planning for positive outcomes, as the greatest gains were related to Congress components that were designed to enhance specific life skills.


Identifying The Importance And Performance Perceptions Of Positive Youth Development Features In Camps Worldwide, Chelsea Marie Schwabe 2015 Clemson University

Identifying The Importance And Performance Perceptions Of Positive Youth Development Features In Camps Worldwide, Chelsea Marie Schwabe

All Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine international camp professionals' perceptions of the importance and performance of Eccles and Gootman's (2002) Eight Features that Maximize Positive Youth Development. Members of the International Camping Fellowship, ages 18 and older and of different demographic backgrounds, were asked for their perceived importance and performance ratings of the eight features on a five point Likert scale. The data were used to create importance-performance matrices using Martilla and James' (1977) Importance-Performance Analysis technique in order to create visual depictions of the recorded perceptions. This cross-cultural, cross-sectional study utilized Importance-Performance Analysis to create a ...


Linking Old Librarianship To New: Aligning 5-Steps Of The Innovator's Dna In Creating Thematic Discovery Systems For The Everglades, L. Bryan Cooper, Margarita Perez Martinez 2015 Florida International University

Linking Old Librarianship To New: Aligning 5-Steps Of The Innovator's Dna In Creating Thematic Discovery Systems For The Everglades, L. Bryan Cooper, Margarita Perez Martinez

Works of the FIU Libraries

This poster presentation from the May 2015 Florida Library Association Conference, along with the Everglades Explorer discovery portal at http://ee.fiu.edu, demonstrates how traditional bibliographic and curatorial principles can be applied to: 1) selection, cross-walking and aggregation of metadata linking end-users to wide-spread digital resources from multiple silos; 2) harvesting of select PDFs, HTML and media for web archiving and access; 3) selection of CMS domains, sub-domains and folders for targeted searching using an API.

Choosing content for this discovery portal is comparable to past scholarly practice of creating and publishing subject bibliographies, except metadata and data are ...


Callan, Brennan J. - Compiler (Sc 2900), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2015 Western Kentucky University

Callan, Brennan J. - Compiler (Sc 2900), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2900. Descriptive list compiled by Brennan J. Callan of mile markers on the Green River in Kentucky.


The Impact Of Boise’S Parks And Rec System On Property Values, Thomas Wuerzer, Jaap Vos 2015 Boise State University

The Impact Of Boise’S Parks And Rec System On Property Values, Thomas Wuerzer, Jaap Vos

Thomas Wuerzer

Calculation of the impact of Boise's parks and open space on property values.


The Impact Of Boise’S Parks And Rec System On Property Values, Thomas Wuerzer, Jaap Vos 2015 Boise State University

The Impact Of Boise’S Parks And Rec System On Property Values, Thomas Wuerzer, Jaap Vos

Jacobus J. "Jaap" Vos

Calculation of the impact of Boise's parks and open space on property values.


An Exploratory Study On The Meanings Of A Local Fair From The Perspectives Of Locals, Alvin HungChih Yu, I-Yin Yen 2015 Central Connecticut State University

An Exploratory Study On The Meanings Of A Local Fair From The Perspectives Of Locals, Alvin Hungchih Yu, I-Yin Yen

National Environment and Recreation Research Symposium

Abstract

Many festivals originated with community celebrations. Through festivals, their ethnic, historical, religious piety, community pride, culture preservation, social cohesiveness and reconciliation are embodied. The significance of the economic contribution from festivals or special events has been well documented in the past two decades; thus, festival/special event creation is now treated as a strategy for tangible economic development. In addition, research focused exclusively on the relationship between patrons’ perceptions of festivals/special events and economic benefits overwhelmingly dominates this field. Indeed, it is essential to understand the meanings of festivals from the patron’s standpoints since their perceptions are ...


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