Pyles Participating in 5-year National Research Study

For decades, many in Southern California have known that Pyles Camp, and programs like it, are an effective way to help our young people grow and thrive. Now there is new research from our friends at the American Camp Association (ACA) to prove it!

Pyles is participating in a 5-Year Camp Impact Study, along with many other camps nation-wide.

In 2016, ACA set out to explore the lasting impacts and the ways camp experiences prepare young people for college, their careers, and their lives beyond camp. The study has three major components, one focused on youth, one on staff, and one that explores leadership development through CIT programs and other staff recruitment strategies.

Pyles to Receive National Award!

In February 2019 Pyles will receive the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence at the American Camp Association’s National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. We'd like to thank ACA and the Awards Committee for the recognition and thank the amazing campers, staff, volunteers, and supporters that make it all happen!

From the American Camp Association:

“Eleanor P. Eells Awards for Program Excellence are designed to honor camp programs that:

  1. Develop effective, creative responses to the needs of people and/or societal problems using the camp environment,  

  2. Encourage continued development of such ideas,

  3. Stimulate the exchange of creative ideas, and/or

  4. Present to the public examples of positive contributions camp has made on the well being of individuals and society.”

Read more about this award.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 award winners!

This award marks the second Program Excellence Award for Pyles in as many years. Read about our 2018 Southern California/Hawaii award here

R.M. Pyles Boys Camp is also Accredited by the American Camp Association. What does this mean?


The Pyles 2018 Wish List

Pyles relies on the generosity of so many to make our program successful. From time to time we compile a wish list of items that will enhance our program, and ask that you might share this with folks who are in a position to help! Read more to learn about our wish list.

Is What We Learn at Camp More Important Than STEM?

Is What We Learn at Camp More Important Than STEM?

For generations, professionals in the camp world have believed that the 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving have been vital to a young person entering the "real world." New research now validates this belief, and comes from an interesting source - Google.