Thesis Defense - Shaun McKeon - 12/11/15

Date: December 11, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Thesis Defense - Shaun McKeon - 12/11/15 NR 130, Natural Resources Building

THE EFFECTS OF A SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM ON YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN HERITAGE SPORTS

Masters Plan A Thesis

By

Shaun McKeon

Friday December 11, 2015

Time: 2 p.m.

Room: 130, Natural Resources Building

 

Abstract

Historically speaking, Michigan has been a state with a long history of participation in outdoor heritage sports. Hunting, fishing and trapping pursuits previously helped to define what it meant to be a Michigander. Over the last few generations, Michiganders have begun to move away from the traditional heritage sports, while other forms of outdoor recreation such as adventure recreation have seen an increase.  The portion of the Michigan population with the least amount of exposure to heritage sport opportunities are youth.  The purpose of this quantitative study is to determine the impacts of a conservation-focused residential summer camp on intended and actual behaviors of youth participation in heritage sports.

This study will use pre camp, post camp, and follow up camp surveys covering youth behaviors over a period of 18 months.  Using the theory of reasoned action and the theory of responsible environmental behavior as frameworks for measuring behavior change; I intend to answer the following question: Does participation in a conservation-focused youth camp program have an impact on increased participation in heritage sports?  Measuring the changes in youth behavior will allow for the camp program to evaluate if the organizational goals are being met.  In addition to improving the camp program for future campers, this study will shed light on youth behaviors regarding their conservation activity preferences.

 

Committee Members:

Dr. Dan McCole (Chair)

Dr. Shari Dann

Dr. Chuck Nelson