Staff Engagement and Camper Outcomes at a Low Ropes Course

Ann Gillard


The purpose of this study was to explore potential relationships between staff engagement scores and camper outcomes at a low ropes course for youth with serious illnesses. Two measures were created for this study: the Participant Adventure Outcomes Scale measured campers’ personal challenge and teamwork, and the Staff Engagement Observation Rubric was completed by low ropes course facilitators on “auxiliary staff” including volunteers and counselors not directly responsible for facilitating the low ropes course. Results showed no relationships between camper outcomes and auxiliary staff engagement. Implications for the measures and programming are discussed.


youth-adult relationships; staff engagement; ropes course; camp

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