5 Truly Amazing Facts About Summer Camps

 

Summer camps have proven benefits for children; we all know that. A well-run summer camp program will help a child unplug, build confidence, resilience, and create new friendships. At times even lifelong friendships. And with the ever-growing popularity of gadgets connected to the online world, many summer camps offer an alternative, safe space for children to spend time away from smart-phones and other technology. Camp is a place where children connect with nature, instead of Wi-Fi, and learn invaluable social skills that will help set them up for life.

Known to benefit children in the most positive ways, the scale at which camps operate around the world is only known to a few. Today we wanted to share with you some of the most mind-blowing facts about summer camps for kids that even we had a hard time wrapping our heads around. So, you think you know your summer camps? This list might change your mind about what you think you know. Let's begin!

 

1. There are more than 14,000 summer camps within the United States alone

 

One of the first-formed summer camps is Wyonegonic Camp, the oldest girls' camp in the nation, established in 1902. 750 acres of breathtaking pine forest and thousands of feet of waterfront are home to this charming camp located on Moose Pond in Denmark, Maine. This camp was undoubtedly a great one to set the tone for more!

The U.S. is now home to 8,400 overnight camps and 5,600 day camps. These numbers corroborate with the fact that the number of children in the United States is at an all-time high, at 74 million! It is also worth mentioning that more and more parents are now interested in sending their children to summer camp than ever before. We suspect that the recent increase in summer camp interest and popularity may have something to do with new discussions and approaches to keeping children away from the digital time warp online games present during summer break. 

 

2. Summer Camps in the United States is estimated to be an $18 billion industry

 

Private summer camp programs can cost between $2000 and $15,000 per child, for 2-8 weeks. You can choose a one week option as a starter, however it will take your camper a couple of days to get used to living away from home, which makes the experience too quick for most.

Niche camps are becoming more and more popular from STEM, language study, culinary, yoga, soccer, basketball, hockey (actually every sport imaginable), to those which run ''funky princess superhero'' contests. In order for industry operators to keep up with unique offerings and trends, individual camp costs have generally increased. Not to mention that more and more parents want their kids to come away from summer with a hard skill learned.

 

3. Camps employ over 10 million adults globally

 

Away at camp, the term counselor simply means (well at most times) you're just one with the kids! It's one of the best jobs around. Camp counselors get to benefit just as much from the camp experience as the children and teens! Not to mention having once been a camp counselor is excellent for any resume. 

Furthermore, 20% of U.S. camp staff is from abroad. Having a camp counselor from abroad is exciting for campers! Having staff from different parts of the world has allowed camps to offer various language immersion and cultural camp programs. Sleepaway camps for children and teens are officially a multinational business! 

 

4. Camp organizing is now a year-round business

 

Most people think running a camp is some kind of seasonal avocation. It may have been this way in the past. Today, however, it is much more of a full-time job where, aside from summer, ongoing preparation in terms of infrastructure, marketing, human resources etc... is needed. For example, camp websites need to be managed and maintained year-round, staff must be thoroughly trained, more than ever, sometimes months in advance depending on new activities offered at the camp. Parents need to register early to secure space, sometimes as early as January, for a camp that may take place in August. 

The level of competitiveness is self-explanatory with the growing number of registered summer camps, and not just within the U.S., but around the world. 

 

5. Summer camps for grown-ups are increasingly becoming a thing

 

A lot of parents today have lovely memories of their time spent in summer camps during their childhood. Growing up may have changed their perspective on some things, but not camps! The concept of adult summer camp is gaining popularity too. There are general camps where grown-ups can simply spend some time in nature; then, there are others, such as camps for pure niche related fun, weight loss, sports, emotional education, and more for today's young and energetic parents. Some fun activities at adult camps may include zombie survival games, epic nerd games such as Quidditch, wine-making, virtual space experiences, ghost hunting, and more. 

 

Isn't this amazing how so many people can associate with the camp industry? Keeping oneself away from the hectic city life for a while has significant mental and physical benefits, but let's keep that discussion for another day. 

Are there any other camp-related facts that should be on the list? Comment below and let us know because we're all ears!