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Family Camp Impacts on Family Functioning
The Camping Magazine
  • Barry A. Garst, Virginia Tech
  • Sarah Baughman, Virginia Tech
  • Nancy K. Franz, Dr., Iowa State University
  • Richard W. Seidel, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
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Families are a foundational structure of society that play a critical role in the health and well-being of communities. Every aspect of the American family is experiencing change, including the number of adults who marry, the number of households that are formed by married people, the number of children that are conceived, and the number of non-family households (Nock, 2005). Considering these trends, programming to strengthen family relationships is particularly relevant and urgent. Research suggests that family camps — typically a residential multi-day camp experience designed for children and family members — can play a role in enhancing family functioning (Agate & Covey, 2007).

"Originally published in the 2012 January/February issue of Camping Magazine. Used with permission of the American Camp Association."

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Barry A. Garst, Sarah Baughman, Nancy K. Franz and Richard W. Seidel. "Family Camp Impacts on Family Functioning" The Camping Magazine Vol. 85 Iss. 1 (2012) p. 8 - 11
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