Tufts CAMP Study

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                A study to explore the impact of Boy Scouts of America programs on youth character development.

                                                The Goal of the Study

The goal of this study is to learn about Cub Scouts and how the program, over time, may imbue youth with positive characteristics, skills, goals, etc., that may differ from youth in other programs. Some of the main purposes of the CAMP study are to learn about different programs within Boy Scouts, such as Cub Scouts and Scoutreach, and how these different pieces of the Boy Scouts program, and Boy Scouts overall, contribute to youth development in the United States.

                                                           Overview of the Project

Across three years (2012-2015), researchers collected data from boys between the ages of 6 and 10 and are using this longitudinal data to evaluate their development. The results of this research will address questions about the role of character development in both academic and life achievements, and about how to enhance the educational attainments of boys in the United States. We believe this research will have enduring impacts on enhancing the education of young men and promoting the role of character development in enhancing life success.


Our Research Questions:

1. Does Cub Scouting represent an exemplary character development program?
2. Do youth who participate in Cub Scouting have higher levels of character?
3. What characteristics of Cub Packs promote character development?
4. What characteristics of Cub Packs promote Cub Scout retention?


The research team visits camp.

The Research Team


Richard M. Lerner

Principal Investigator




Jun Wang

Project Manager




Brian Burkhard

Doctoral Research Assistant




Shaobing Su

Doctoral Research Assistant


Dan Warren

Recruitment & Sample Manager




Lacey Hilliard

Research Assistant Professor




Kaitlyn Ferris

Postdoctoral Fellow




Robey Champine

Doctoral Research Assistant