Title page for ETD etd-05052010-110142


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Genson, Jenna McEwen
URN etd-05052010-110142
Title Examining the Interrelationship of Motivation and Place Attachment in a Residential 4-H Camping Environment
Degree Master of Science In the Life Sciences
Department Agricultural and Extension Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Franz, Nancy K. Committee Chair
Garst, Barry A. Committee Member
Lambur, Michael T. Committee Member
Keywords
  • residential camping
  • 4-H
  • expectancy-value theory
  • sense of belonging
  • Cooperative Extension
  • sense of place
  • place attachment
Date of Defense 2010-04-21
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Minimal research has examined the interrelationship between motivation, place attachment, and the need to belong in a residential camping environment. The purpose of this study was to better understand the role of place attachment and the need to belong in facilitating 4-H Camp Graham campers and counselors interest in returning to residential 4-H summer camp year after year. All participants included in this study were at least 18 years of age, graduated from high school, former 4-H members, and attended 4-H camp for at least two consecutive years. Three camping clusters participated in focus group interviews for a total of 21 participants. A fourth camping cluster and participants unable to attend their designated focus group, were invited complete an online survey. Overall, campers and counselors were primarily motivated to return to camp each year due to the relationships, memories, and sense of belonging formed at camp. While nature and location played a role in the camp experience by providing a secluded environment free from outside influence, these attachments were secondary. Attachment to camp grew over time and participants valued the camp experience highly and tended to choose camp friendships and the camp experience over other opportunities. Longevity at camp influenced the strength of attachment. This research suggests that intentionality in these areas of staff training and program planning are critical to camper and counselor connection to camp. Additionally, this research provides tangible evidence that points to the value of sharing the residential camping experience with potential funders and parents.
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