Creating Positive Youth Outcomes : A Staff-Training Resource for Camps and Other Youth Development Programs

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-15
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice

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Offers a 7-step process for program evaluation to help you increasing positive youth outcomes. Learn how to evaluate current programs and targeted youth outcomes, involve administrators and board members, incorporate your new-found data in future programs, write goals and outcomes that match your mission, help staff understand their role in achieving the youth outcomes your camp targets, and turn your targeted youth outcomes into a camp asset. Produced in cooperation with the American Camp Association.

Author Biography

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Through their diverse 6,700 plus membership and exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living - lessons that can be learned nowhere else.

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. 3
Acknowledgmentsp. 4
Introductionp. 9
Opening-Day Jitters
The Camp Experience
Purpose and Use of This Resource
Why Youth Outcomes Matter
Seven Easy Steps for Targeting Youth Outcomes
Explore Your Readiness to Evaluate Youth Outcomes
Consider How You Will Use Your Youth Outcome Results
Identify Your Camp's Mission, Goals, and Objectives
Learn to Use a Logic Model to Focus on Camper Change
Complete a Logic Model For Your Camp
Consider Your Youth Outcomes Results
Share Your Youth Outcomes Results With Others
Camp Goals You Might Target
How Staff Influence Camper Outcomes
Supportive Relationships Goals
Safety Goals
Youth Involvement Goals
Skill-Building Goals
Supportive Relationships Goalsp. 33
Increase peer knowledge and emotional support of campers
Increase adult staff knowledge and emotional support of campers
Improve practical support and guidance from adult staff
Supportive Relationships Rest Stop
Safety Goalsp. 49
Increase physical safety of campers
Increase emotional safety of campers
Safety Rest Stop
Youth Involvement Goalsp. 59
Increase leadership opportunities for campers
Increase decision-making opportunities for campers
Increase sense of belonging of campers
Youth Involvement and Leadership Rest Stop
Skill-Building Goalsp. 73
Provide opportunities for campers to experience challenging activities
Provide opportunities for campers to experience growth and progression in skills, knowledge, and abilities
Provide interesting learning experiences that help campers build an array of skills
Skill-Building Rest Stop
Where Do I Go from Here?p. 87
Facilitator's Guidep. 89
For Use With the Administrative Team
For Use With Seasonal Staff
Appendixp. 127
What I Believe About My Camp
More Sample Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
Complete a Logic Model for Your Camp (Photocopiabie Blank Form)
How to Lead a Camper Discussion (Focus) Group
Things You Might See Around Camp-Examples of Observable Evidence of Outcomes Success
About the American Camp Associationp. 140
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