Special Issue: Call for Papers

A forthcoming (January 2021) special issue of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership will explore topics of organized camping and its impacts. Authors are invited to submit regular papers; essays, practices, and commentaries; and research notes.

With more than 48 million youth in North America, meaningful out-of-school experiences have the potential to profoundly impact the development of youth. Organized camp programs provide youth with essential skills to be successful contributing members of society. Camps serve over 14 million youth annually and have the ability to help develop social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and life skills through positive youth development (Hill, Reifschneider, Ramsing, Turnage, & Goff, 2018). Positive youth development occurs when opportunities are accessible to youth in meaningful ways and when healthy relationships support youth to cultivate their own unique capacities and abilities (Sanders & Munford, 2014).

While organized camping is thriving and serving more youth populations in varied settings, there is still a need to explore evidenced-based practices that help maximize the experience for those involved.

The American Camp Association has helped to advance metrics used for program assessment (e.g., Youth

Outcomes Battery), yet not all camps have data to help make informed decisions. Filling this void creates a unique opportunity for practitioners and academicians to collaborate; the relationship can strengthen the alliance and helps in the dissemination of knowledge.

The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the best practices for meaningful out-of-school time experience (i.e., organized camp). This special issue offers an opportunity for further examination of challenges, constraints, opportunities, and outcomes related to out-of-school time experiences as they pertain to the field of outdoor recreation, education, and leadership. Submissions for this special issue may wish to address topics and their intersections such as, but not limited to, the following:

• Adventure programming

• Affiliated programs (e.g., 4-H, FFA, YMCA, Scouts)

• After-school programs

• Camper populations

• Camper outcomes and program quality

• Connectedness to nature

• Day camps

• Environmental challenges (e.g., wildfires, air quality)

• Faith-based camps

• Family camps

• Inclusion and diversity

• Medical specialty camps

• Mental health

• Parents and caregivers

• Positive youth development

• Practitioner uses of research

• Programs serving campers with disabilities

• Resident camps

• Sport camps

• Social and emotional learning

• Staff recruiting, employment, and retention

• STE(A)M camps

• Training and professional development

• University/college campus camps

All manuscripts submitted will undergo the normal peer-review process and should adhere to the Author Guidelines outlined in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Submissions for this special issue must include a section highlighting practitioner implications for use

in a camp setting. Coauthorship between academicians and practitioners is encouraged. Manuscripts can be submitted through the Sagamore-Venture journal management system. Instructions are provided at http://js.sagamorepub.com/jorel/about/submissions#author Guidelines.

Interested authors should direct questions to the guest editors:

Eddie Hill Ron Ramsing Andrew Leary

ehill@odu.edu ron.ramsing@wku.edu andrew@lnt.org

Important Dates

Deadline for manuscript submission: May 1, 2020

Decision date for submitted manuscripts: July 1, 2020

Final resubmission for accepted manuscripts: September 1, 2020

Anticipated publication date: January 2021