The Camps and Nature Survey conducted through the American Camp Association collected the opinions of camp directors concerning the place of summer camp in nurturing young people's relationship with the outdoors. The survey asked 23 questions on topics ranging from environmental attitudes to factors influencing young people’s attitudes toward nature.
According to the survey, the vast majority of camp activities occur in the outdoors, which means that campers spend in excess of seven hours outside daily. Furthermore, camp directors were nearly unanimous in believing that children should connect with nature. To achieve this goal, camp directors used nature-focused programming. Though the respondents appeared to broadly value the natural experience that camp offers, they did not believe that parents weighed nature heavily enough when choosing their children’s summer camp.