The Outdoor & Adventure Orientation Program Census 2012

Dear orientation program representative,

The following survey collects information on adventure orientation programs, such as outdoor orientation, camp-based, service, academic, and arts based orientation programs. The term adventure orientation is defined in a recent paper (Vlamis, Bell, & Gass 2011) as an orientation using novel experiences and challenges combined with reflective activities to meet the goals of student orientation.

The first census of such programs was completed in 2006 with a 98% participation rate. This census updates the 2006 study and will be used to verify adventure orientation program trends and complete an accurate account of adventure orientation program practices. This survey will help form a deeper understanding of the 200+ programs in the USA and Canada. This survey focuses on program features and operation; it does not ask for information about individuals. All information will be used in aggregate. The research will not be reported in a manner to identify individual program practices.

This survey is comprehensive. It will take most people 20-30 minutes to complete up to a maximum of 57 questions (where the total number will depend on the response path taken). We understand that directors of adventure-based orientation programs are busy people, and we appreciate your time responding to this research. If you would prefer to take the survey by phone instead, please email the researchers (emails are listed below).

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us. We (the research team) appreciate your participation. The cooperation of the "neighborhood" is an outstanding feature of adventure orientation programs.


Dr. Brent Bell
UNH Outdoor Education
[email protected]

David Starbuck, Ph.D. ABD
UNH Outdoor Education
[email protected]

Patricia Chan
Graduate student in outdoor education at UNH
[email protected]

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