Guest Policies & Procedures
The Bradford Woods universal guest policies and procedures are written for the integrity of our property and programs, the longevity of our organization, and your safety. All guest groups must read and comply with these policies and procedures.
Research and Teaching
We are proud to offer experiential learning and research opportunities for the students and faculty of Indiana University and other institutions. Through this work, we’re able to provide exceptional experiential programming to our clients.
- Watts, P., and Rowser, M. (in review). Impact of Standardized Handoffs at Residential Camps for Children & Adolescents with Chronic Illness. American Camp Nursing Compass Point Journal.
- Using the Family Battle Buddies Program to Enhance Family Reintegration following Parental Deployment: Results from a Pilot Study (PDF). Presented at Military Programs Conference, September 2014.
- National Disability Specific Camp Research Project (PDF). Preliminary results. Presented American Camp Association Conference, 2014.
- Examining the Social Functioning of Youth With Disabilities: Implications for a Community Based Support Program
- Pediatric Chronic Pain: Examining a Therapeutic Camp Pilot Program
- Devine, M.A., Piatt, J., & Dawson, S. (2015). The Role of a Disability-Specific Camp in Promoting Social Acceptance and Quality of Life for Youth With Hearing Impairments. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, XLIX, No. 4, 293-309. Find this article at the Therapeutic Recreation Journal website.
- Knapp, D, Devine, M.A., Dawson, S., & Piatt, J. (2015) Examining Perceptions of Social Acceptance and Quality of Life of Pediatric Campers with Physical Disabilities, Children’s Health Care, 44:1, 1-16, DOI:10.1080/02739615.2013.870041
- Dawson, S. & Knapp, D. (2014). Bringing “Camp War Buddies” to the Home Front. National Research Forum Book of Abstracts. American Camp Association, Orlando, FL.
- Devine. M.A.. & Dawson, S. (2014). Disability Specific Camp Experience: Results of a National Study. National Research Forum Book of Abstracts. American Camp Association, Orlando, FL.
- Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2013). Family Recreation and Autism. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(1), 16-22. Understanding the intentions of families with a child with autism to participate in a family recreation program: A pilot study.
- Townsend, J., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2012). Autism Spectrum Disorder and Recreation Therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11(4), 27-37. Development and evaluation of a family recreation intervention for families with an adolescent with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Dawson, S., Knapp, D., & Farmer, J. (2012). Camp War Buddies: Exploring Therapeutic Benefits of Social Comparison in a Pediatric Oncology Camp. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 46(4), 313-325. Campers who attended a pediatric oncology camp demonstrated significant improvements in self-esteem. Discussion and implications focus on social comparison theory.
- Bishop, C.F, Corning, S.E., Toshino, A., & Shellman, A. (2009). Emerging Attitudes: A Preliminary Analysis of Environmental Education Programs at Bradford Woods Outdoor Center (PDF). Camping Magazine, 82(6), 62-63. This study examined survey responses from fifth-graders before and after attending an Environmental Education program at Bradford Woods. There were significant increases in mean scores of responses to several statements, including “I am excited about school” and “I am interested in learning more about nature.”
- Devine, M.A., & Dawson, S. (2010). The Effect of a Residential Camp Experience on Self Esteem and Social Acceptance of Youth with Craniofacial Differences. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 44(2), 105-120. Campers who attended a residential camping experience for youth with craniofacial differences demonstrated significant gains in self-esteem and social acceptance after camp, though the gains dissipated several weeks later. Discussion focuses on the need for a multi-dimensional approach in addressing self-esteem among youth with stigmatizing disabilities.
- Dawson, S., & Liddicoat, K. (2009). “Camp Gives Me Hope”: Exploring the Therapeutic Use of Community for Adults with Cerebral Palsy. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 43(4), 9-24. This was an empirical study focused on the lived experiences and memories of adults who attended a camp that serves people with disabilities. The most common theme that emerged from camper interviews was about a feeling of community. Discussion focuses on the idea of community as a therapeutic modality.
Indiana Geological Survey Partnership
We partner with the Indiana Geological and Water Survey as a research station for their Indiana Water Balance Network. Our local weather station tracks surface and underground conditions at Bradford Woods, which can be seen in real time. The network was developed to monitor long-term trends for various components of the hydrologic cycle including near-surface atmospheric conditions, soil physical parameters, and groundwater conditions. These data are collected to fulfill the state’s need for water-resource trend data, agricultural sector decision support tools, K-12 STEM education opportunities, and meso-scale meteorological observations.