Camp Health Research

Current and past studies on camp health provide the information needed to continue developing the profession of camp health. Collaboration between the Association of Camp Nursing, universities, funding agencies and industry partners is foundational to these evidence based research studies. 


Active Research Projects

ACN is conducting an ongoing research project to better understand camp-related fatigue. In Phase 1 of the project, focus groups were conducted with camp nurses and directors in the spring of 2018 to better understand how fatigue is conceptualize and experienced in camp settings, as well as strategies for managing fatigue.  Preliminary findings will be reported at the 2019 ACN Symposium.  Look for more information about this exciting project.


In collaboration with the Association of Camp Nurses, concussion researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia conducted a survey study evaluating the practices of camp providers in managing concussion in the camp setting (August 2017.) Despite the frequency of head injury at summer camps, protocols for managing concussion in this setting is limited, and the variability of its management in this setting is unknown. By characterizing the patterns of management of summer camp providers, we hope to be able to design appropriate guidelines to aid the summer camp provider in managing pediatric concussion.

Based on this study, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Research Instutute presented a webinar on Consussion at Camp. The webinar was recorded, and is available as a member benefit. Log in, and click on "Webinars."


Past Research Studies

May 2016

ACN participated in an Anaphylaxis study in conjunction with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Harvard University initiated in May 2016. Camp nurses provided feedback regarding anaphylaxis in the camp setting allowing us to better understand the implications of care and identify measures to address safety.

Study Findings

Pediatric News published the study findings, indicating that camp healthcare staff would benefit from more education about how to manage anaphylaxis in the camp setting.

The 5-year Healthy Camp Study (2006 - 2010) was conducted by the American Camp Association and ACN to better understand injury and illness rates and mechanisms among campers and staff to inform better health practices in camps. Learn more about this research at the links below: