Project Title

Comparing Social Identity and Serious Leisure Levels of Squatchin' Participants

Presenter Hometown

Lebanon, Ky

Major

Recreation and Park Administration

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Michael Bradley

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

A form of recreation that is still misunderstood is the activity of actively going out and searching for one of the great legends of North America. This activity is of course, is none other thanSquatchin’. For the purposes of this research the term “Bigfooting”, or “Squatchin’”, refers to spending any amount of time outdoors researching this creature. Until this study, no serious research has been conducted on this segment of the population who finds themselves in the woods at night attempting to make contact with these creatures. Inquiries were made into the Bigfooting community and a survey distributed. This survey was designed to measure the seriousness and demographics of the Bigfooter. This yearlong study has shown a light on this unique community of individuals. From this research we have learned that this group is a diverse one, and their levels of seriousness vary just as one might imagine. This segment of the population chooses this activity for their recreation, and yet they have never been seriously studied by recreation professionals. Squatchin’ participants take their activity pretty seriously, and it was the intent of this study to be just as serious in discovering this fascinating niche in our society.

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Comparing Social Identity and Serious Leisure Levels of Squatchin' Participants

A form of recreation that is still misunderstood is the activity of actively going out and searching for one of the great legends of North America. This activity is of course, is none other thanSquatchin’. For the purposes of this research the term “Bigfooting”, or “Squatchin’”, refers to spending any amount of time outdoors researching this creature. Until this study, no serious research has been conducted on this segment of the population who finds themselves in the woods at night attempting to make contact with these creatures. Inquiries were made into the Bigfooting community and a survey distributed. This survey was designed to measure the seriousness and demographics of the Bigfooter. This yearlong study has shown a light on this unique community of individuals. From this research we have learned that this group is a diverse one, and their levels of seriousness vary just as one might imagine. This segment of the population chooses this activity for their recreation, and yet they have never been seriously studied by recreation professionals. Squatchin’ participants take their activity pretty seriously, and it was the intent of this study to be just as serious in discovering this fascinating niche in our society.