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The Grand Re-Opening of The American Summer Camp: Innovation During the Covid-19 Pandemic – sponsored by AMSkier

Date & Time: | -
Price: FREE
Location: Zoom
Organizer: ACA, New England

Now that the live session date has passed, you can still register to receive the recording, which can be viewed through June 10, 2022.

ACA, New England Spring E-Session Series

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Buy four, get one free! Register for four e-sessions, and email Kerry to get a fifth session for free (you can use this all for yourself or mix and match staff from your camp


The Grand Re-Opening of The American Summer Camp: Innovation During the Covid-19 Pandemic

In 2020, only 18% of summer camps opened, translating into a $16 billion dollar revenue loss, 900,000 lost jobs, and 19.5 million children without camp. However, in 2021, most summer camps opened by modifying operations and programming. This phenomena of innovation has provided a landscape rich in opportunities to identify how the camping industry responds to change and adopts new practices. To identify factors that mediate the success and longevity of camp innovations, a survey built using the Innovation Adoption Behavior Model (IAB) was delivered to camp director’s affiliated with ACA New England. Survey data illustrates how internal and external factors mediate innovation adoption and can be used to inform future decisions in the field.

Thank you to our generous sponsor:

Tuesday, May 10, 11:00 – 12:00 pm ET, E-Session on Zoom

Cost: FREE for individual ACA members; $25 for non-members

This session will be recorded and shared with registered attendees who are unable to join live to watch for 30 days.

About the Presenters:

Leslie Donne, Graduate Student, University of New Hampshire

Leslie Doone is a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire, getting a masters in recreation management and policy. She also works for UNH’s CPARC (Community Parks and Recreation Collaborative) lab, as a consultant for local community programming and building projects. During the summers, she spends her summers in Maine working at camp, most recently as a program director. Interested in how innovation drives progress in organizations, she has spent the last two years studying how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected innovation adoption in the summer industry.



June 10, 2022
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Kerry Salvo

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