Mindset Transfer: Camp to School


For more than 10 million children who attend camp each summer, camp is an opportunity to develop critical skills and ways of seeing the world. But do campers make the connection between the skills and mindsets they develop at camp and their lives outside of camp?

In partnership with a charter school system in the American southwest, Camp Champions and the American Camp Association-New York/New Jersey, researchers at the Motivate Lab are conducting a field study at four camps that includes focus groups, observations, parent/counselor surveys and camper reflection activities. The aim of the Mindset Transfer project is to (1) understand how campers and counselors talk about skill and mindset development and (2) help campers see the connection between the skills and mindsets they learn at camp and how to apply them in places like school, sports and the arts.

Project Status: Active through 2017

Funding Source: American Camp Association-New York/New Jersey

Principal Investigator: Chris Hulleman