The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived outcomes of participation in a summer camp that included physical work and service as a major component. A qualitative data analysis approach was used. A convenience sample of 10 male adolescents and 10 parents were selected. The data was analyzed using open, axial, and selective coding. Data analysis was used to ascertain perceived outcomes from the program from both boys and their parents. Analysis of the data showed the emergence of a core theme of boys learning to work and enjoying work. Enjoying work was the term chosen to represent this core theme, and a theory of enjoying work was developed with seven salient attributes. These attributes were that the work was productive and taught skills, provided challenge, was intrinsically rewarding, made a difference for someone else, was done with others, was physical and done outdoors, and took place over an extended period of time.
College and Department
Marriott School of Management; Recreation Management
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bennion, Zina Lenore, "Work is Fun: The Phenomenon of Boys Enjoying Work in a Camp Setting" (2008). Theses and Dissertations. 1605.
adolescence, enjoying work, physical work, recreational summer camp program, service, flow theory, character strengths