2012 Research Question: What are the common best practices of residential camp programs in Oregon that make their formal camp programming, budget and spending policies, and fostering of a sense of belonging to the camp community so successful? View the TCC Staff Needs Assessment & Analysis made possible by Willamette University's Carson Undergraduate Research Grant.
2011 Research Question: What are the current conditions of social capital and youth development support in the community of Adair Village, Oregon? View the Adair Village Community Survey Report.
2010 Research Question: Social Capital development is a primary theme of Oregon's Operation Purple program. In what ways have youth who attended Operation Purple maintained and further developed social capital within Oregon's state wide military-youth community after camp?
2009 Research Question: What types of social support programs are needed for National Guard youth in Oregon through the pre-deployment, deployment, and parent reintegration process? View the TCC 2009 Research Report.
A Statistical Perspective: From 2006 to 2009, 1498 military youth in Oregon have experienced at least one military deployment first hand. Next year alone, roughly the same amount, 1485 youth are preparing to manage life with one or more parents deployed, some for the second or third time. Outreach and Operation Purple participation recruitment from 2009 through 2011 was focused on youth from the 41st Infantry Brigade (Oregon Army National Guard) sending almost 3000 soldiers to Iraq. Youth participation in Oregon's Operation Purple program has increased steadily by 200% since 2006.