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The Australian Camps Association supports a number of research projects on behalf of it's members, including:

  • The UPLOADS Project

    • The first stage of the Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System (UPLOADS) project saw the development of a standardised, national approach to incident reporting and learning for the outdoor sector in Australia. UPLOADS, which was a novel incident reporting system and national database for the Led Outdoor Activity (LOA) sector, enabled the collection and analysis of data on the causes of injury incidents. The system was used by almost 50 organisations, including schools, camps and outdoor recreation providers.
    • For the most recent Annual Report, please click here.
    • National Incident Database (NID) - for an overview of the data collected to date, click here.

  • Affective Abilities of Outdoor Leaders in Australia

    National Soft Skills Training: Investigating Soft Skill Training in the Outdoor Recreation Sector – Mandi Baker, Phd.
    • We know there has been plenty of research on ‘hard skills’ in the outdoors but less attention has been paid to facilitation or ‘soft skills’ in this area. Mandi’s work aims to identify the range of soft skill training currently being undertaken across the country and to highlight any deficiencies that may exist. 

    • For an overview of the research please click here.

    • To review the Survey Report (Aug 2020), please click here.

    • To view the National Survey Infographic (Aug 2020), please click here.

    • If you, or your organisation, is interested in taking part in the next stage of the project (which involves on site research into affective abilities in the field), please contact Mandi Baker via the details in this prospectus.

  • Over 55's Research

    • To view the Research Summary paper for the Great Getaways - residential camps for older adults, please click here.

  • OYPRA Research

    • Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance was a long-term collaborative project between leading educational institutions and sector partners looking to measure the outcomes of participation in led outdoor activities. A summative document on the project can be found here.












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