ERIC Number: ED250141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Parental Feedback in the Evaluation of a Camp for Disadvantaged Children: The Camp Limberlost Project.
Belknap, Larry K.; Rickards, William
To examine the impact of Camp Limberlost, a two-week residential camp for socially and economically disadvantaged children, various methods were used to obtain evaluation data in the form of parental feedback on the 1982 and 1983 camps. The four research objectives were (1) to identify changes in children resulting from the camp experience, (2) to involve the parent in the assessment of the child's experience, (3) to identify areas for improvement in camp management and operation, and (4) to determine the effectiveness of the various techniques of data collection. It was found that parental feedback was of most use in evaluating the camp's effects. Data were collected by means of post card surveys and home interviews. The results of both 1982 and 1983 surveys were highly positive. Home interviews in 1982 were not very supportive, perhaps because of time lapse and inadequacies of the interview instrument; however, more extensive and positive results were obtained from 1983 interviews. Study recommendations include the use of multiple sources for data to compare results, collection of information on camper activity preferences, and planning of brief interviews. Appended charts and tables describe camper characteristics, preferences, perceptions, and parental feedback. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Camp Limberlost IL
Note: Paper presented at the American Camping Association National Convention (San Diego, CA, February 27-March 1, 1984).