ORLANDO, FL – February 6, 2014 –
Camp America, providers of cultural exchange opportunities for campers and camp staff since 1969, announced today the release of a new publication that focuses on the long-term cultural impact of the U.S. summer camp experience for international staff.
Camp America Outcomes spotlights the benefits and effects of incorporating cultural exchange into American summer camps. The 36-page assessment uses direct feedback from campers, camp staff and participants from the past 45 years of Camp America to illustrate how the program broadens horizons, enlightens minds and impacts countless lives.
The publication is being released today at the 2014 ACA National Conference being held this week at the Orlando Hilton. Camp America representatives in town for the event will have copies of Camp America Outcomes to distribute to fellow conference attendees. An electronic version of Outcomes is available here.
“We have always considered the value and lifelong impact of the program to be inestimable,” states Dennis Regan, Senior Vice President of Camp America. “This publication attempts to test this assertion through empirical evidence and direct feedback reaching back through the decades. We think that we have succeeded and that people will find the results interesting and compelling.”
Camp America sent a survey to over 90,000 past participants and received more than 11,000 responses. From the survey, 92% said that the program was one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives; 92% of participants said their experience gave them a broader understanding of American society through personal friendships and contact with Americans.
A designated sponsor through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in camp counselor and summer work travel J-1 exchange visitor categories, Camp America is a division of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), one of the world’s largest cultural exchange and educational travel organizations, celebrating its’ 50 anniversary in 2014.
For more information on Camp America Outcomes or to learn more about Camp America, visit www.campamerica.aifs.com or call (800) 727-8233.
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Providers of cultural exchange opportunities for campers and camp staff since 1969, Camp America is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut and has principal offices in London, Warsaw and Sydney, with subsidiaries and partners in twenty different countries.
This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.Jessica Cobb, Western Michigan University
I chose this program because of everything it offered. The fact that everything was included made the experience much less stressful. The people working for the program definitely ensured we got the most out of our time here. The AIFS cultural activities and excursions were excellent. It was a wonderful life experience I will have with me forever.Stephanie Bingham, Oklahoma State University
Growing up with an au pair made me much more aware that there were cultures and societies other than mine. This had a significant impact on me specifically because I was exposed to foreign cultures at such a young age.Ryan Comerford, age 21