RMP Graduate Student Receives Outstanding Research Award
Michael Griswold, Graduate Student
Recreation Management and Policy: Recreation Administration
Receives the 2014 Marge Scanlin Outstanding Research Award
Recreation Management & Policy graduate student, Michael Griswold, was recently awarded the 2014 Marge Scanlin Outstanding Research Award by the American Camp Association (ACA). The Marge Scanlin Award is a prestigious award recognizing outstanding student research that contributes to the growing knowledge and understanding of the summer camp experience.
Griswold has earned this award for his research exploring the social impact of a summer camp for youth diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome (TS). As an individual living with TS and a seasoned camp professional, Griswold participated in a weeklong overnight TS camp working as both a cabin counselor and a researcher. Michael conducted focus groups with campers and staff members, as well as participant observations. Through his direct experience and interactions, Griswold identifys key outcomes and implications which demonstrate the power of camp for youth with TS.
Griswold comments, “This research shares a great deal of personal significance having lived with TS and growing up through camp as a young child. Upon beginning this research, I was rather shocked to find that a camp study focusing on TS had not yet been conducted. Because of this, I knew I had the unique opportunity for filling an important gap of research and connecting the TS population to power of the camp experience. My hope is that my study’s findings help to build a stronger bridge between the camp and TS fields.”
Griswold presented his research for the ACA Research Symposium as part of the ACA national conference in Orlando, Florida in February 2014. He was also recognized and presented with his award at the conference.