ERIC Number: EJ1091828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Summer Camp and Positive Youth Development: Program with Romanian Youth
Feenstra, Jennifer S.
Physical Educator, v72 n5 p185-199 2015
A variety of activities are used in camps to help promote positive youth development, improving social skills and self-esteem in campers. I expanded on previous camp research in this study to address the influence camps have on trust, belief in the honesty of others, empowerment, and care for others in youth in Eastern Europe. Since 1999, New Horizons Foundation has been conducting a summer camp with a focus on experiential education with Romanian youth to encourage positive development in youth and help them contribute to their communities. I evaluated change in self-reported trust, belief in the honesty of others, empowerment, and care for those less fortunate of 490 campers (M[subscript age] = 14.8 years, 52.8% female). Participants showed an increase in reported trust in others, belief in the honesty of others, and empowerment. No increase was found in caring for others. Individuals who work with youth as well as those who support camps should be encouraged by these findings as they indicate that camp has even more positive effects on a wider population of youth than previously studied.
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Youth Programs, Interpersonal Competence, Self Esteem, Skill Development, Program Effectiveness, Empowerment, Caring, Altruism, Trust (Psychology), Individual Characteristics, Foreign Countries, Children, Adolescents, Surveys, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: US Department of State
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Identifiers - Location: Europe; Romania