Managament of child camps: A structured literature review and new directions

Marisa Sousa, Celina Gonçalves, Rui Biscaia, Maria José Carvalho

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Abstract

The study of child camps has grown over the last years. Still, the common use of different terminology and the dispersion of the information in literature regarding camps management, makes it difficult to clarify research and hinder the improvement of managerial practices. This study aims to synthetise existent knowledge in child camps’ management, identify inconsistencies and gaps in the literature, and set directions for future research and practice on child camps. A structured review of peer-reviewed articles published between 1950-2021 was conducted. Results indicate that half of the studies used the term “summer camp”; but other ten different terms were also used. Five different management areas were identified: safety, consumer behaviour, human resources, event planning and camp research. Gaps were also identified in the literature. These findings are important to set new research avenues and to improve practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere28041
JournalMovimento
Volume28
Issue numberDec 2022/Jan 2023
Early online date10 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Sep 2022

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