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Degree Program

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Degree Type

Master of Science


This thesis was designed to investigate and identify key characteristics of successful camps, outdoor centers, and retreat centers. The study utilized a survey of selected camps and centers within the United States, in the Spring of 1996. The results were analyzed individually and as a whole. The findings indicated that certain key characteristics did exist and that these characteristics were major contributing factors to the success of the camps or centers. These findings were supported by the review of literature and the results of the survey, which highlighted these major areas of importance: Land and facilities, strategic planning and expansion, staffing, risk management, fiscal planning and administration, programming, and accreditation and certification.


Business Administration, Management, and Operations