ERIC Number: ED454026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Trends and Issues in Not for Profit Camping.
Bialeschki, Deborah; Henderson, Karla; Dahowski, Kate
A study explored current issues affecting camps run by nonprofit agencies. A literature review revealed areas of concern related to social trends and management practices. A survey of 85 camping professionals and agency executives involved with nonprofit camps examined organizational mission, strategic management issues, and perceived critical issues for their organization. Findings indicate that camping was perceived as integral to the mission of most organizations, and that organizational missions tended to reflect changes occurring in society. Perceptions of issues and concerns differed by type of nonprofit organization. A critical concern of most programs was staffing issues, particularly attracting skilled staff that would work for camp wages and dealing with diversity issues with children and staff. Funding issues were also critical and included maintenance of camp facilities, rising insurance costs, need for scholarships, and the effort to keep down camper fees. Respondents said they wanted to increase camper numbers and include all children, but they struggled to include low-income campers. Tables of mean item responses are included, along with the top five issues in each category. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Camping Association, Martinsville, IN.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Fifth Biennial Research Symposium Proceedings (Bradford Woods, IN, January 14-16, 2000); see RC 023 075.