In line with her philosophy on youth development outcomes, Pittman created the "5 C's" model. This model can help us understand how to help our students thrive. Even if our students are dealing with various issues or challenges, the following measures of "progress" can be used in a variety of settings:
Is the student developing....
- Confidence - a general sense of self-worth and the belief in one's own ability to succeed
- Character - the ability to take responsibility for one's actions, feel independent and self-sufficient, and stay true to one's own set of principles and values
- Connection - a sense of belonging and safety in one's community
- Competence - the ability to be effective in school, in the real world, and in the workplace
- Contribution - taking on a leadership role in different situations, working to make a difference in the lives of others, and thinking about the bigger picture
Another important "C" not originally listed in Pittman's model is also worth noting:
- Caring - a commitment to social justice, empathy, and sympathy towards others
So what does this all have to do with summer? Hosting summer camp programming really matters! Research has shown that summer camps typically result in significant growth in these developmental areas.
As stated by the American Camp Association (ACA), "Between 2001 and 2004 the American Camp Association conducted national research with over 5000 families from 80 ACA-Accredited camps to determine the outcomes of the camp experience as expressed by parents and children...The findings from this national study indicated that camp is a unique educational institution and a positive force in youth development."
Interested in learning more? Check out this fact sheet.