On Episode 78 Dr. Dan welcomes guest Dr. Laurie Browne, Director of Research for the American Camp Association, to discuss the latest studies about how camp benefits our kids.
In her role at the ACA, Laurie Browne, PhD, specializes in measuring youth outcomes, program quality assessment, and issues related to access, equity, and inclusion. Prior to joining ACA, Laurie was an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management at California State University-Chico. Laurie received her PhD from the University of Utah, where she studied youth development and research methods.
Dr. Dan and Dr. Browne discuss the American Camp Association, day camp vs. overnight camp, camp and community, and much more. The ACA’s 5 Year Impact Study and the findings showcase the many ways camp can help throughout a child’s lifetime.
Today Dr. Dan and Dr. Browne (both enthusiastic campers; Laurie has three campers of her own, ages 16, 13, and 11) discuss the enlightening research and the five reasons parents should explore sending their kids to camp:
- Develop Independence
- Experience Outdoor Childhood Fun and Adventure
- Living Unplugged
- Become Better at Making and Keeping Friends
The interview wraps up with Dr. Browne’s Parent Footprint Moment. Listeners will want to start exploring camp for their children as soon as today’s episode ends!
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