Summer camp programs provide distinct opportunities for positive youth development through caring relationships and opportunities to build skills. To examine the extent to which youths experience the 4-H Essential Elements through 4-H camp programs, we administered the National 4-H Camping Research Consortium's Camp Context Questionnaire to youths (n = 776) across 20 camps. Results indicated some exposure to the Essential Elements. Although mean scores related to establishing relationships with caring adults were high, room for improvement existed in the areas of self-determination, belonging, and personal safety. The results enabled state and local staff to implement strategic decisions for future camp programs and may be of value to others managing 4-H camp programming.
Wahle, A., Owens, M. H., & Garst, B. A. (2019). Strengthening the 4-H Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development at Camp. Journal of Extension, 57(5), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss5/8