1996 summer camp survey results.
* 80% represented resident camps
* 20% represented day camps.
Enrollment is up
52% of camp directors surveyed reported an average increase in summer camper enrollment by 15% in 1996 over 1995's figures. An additional 28% of survey respondents reported 1996 enrollment at about the same as the previous year.
New camp programs
61% of camp directors surveyed reported adding new activities and programs over the past few years. The most common reasons given by camp directors for adding new programs include:
* camper and/or family requests
* attract older or younger campers
Most common program trends
* challenging and adventurous activities: high and low ropes courses, climbing wall, backpacking, rock climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, technical tree climbing, wilderness camping, and cave exploring
* equine activities
* in-line skating/roller hockey
* increased emphasis on fine arts, such as origami, ceramics, leather crafts, woodworking, photography, theatre, drama, and dance
* unique program additions: dulcimer making, hot air ballooning, canoe building, astronomy, circus arts, and wind surfing
Parents and camp directors form partnerships
The American Camping Association's vision statement is "Camp gives kids a world of good." Camp is a building block in the successful development of children and youth. Camp directors and parents rated camp's four most important contributions to child development:
* self-confidence and self-esteem
* getting along with others/teamwork
* an appreciation for the outdoors/environmental concerns
* recreational skills
Camp builds community
* 85% of camps surveyed reported offering financial assistance to campers, with the average amount being $33,000; campership amounts ranged from small contributions to $870,000.
* 30% of camps reported having community service or other good deed programs, including food drives, recycling programs, trail maintenance and cleanup at local parks, and fire/rescue volunteering and support.
* 29% offer summer day camp
* 51% offer youth group rental
* 62% offer weekend programs/retreats
* 53% offer group trainings/meetings
* 34% offer family reunions
* 69% offer summer resident camp
* 40% offer outdoor education
* Less than 1% offer elder hostel
* 17% offer corporate retreats
* 45% offer programs school groups
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|Title Annotation:||American Camping Association's survey of ACA-accredited camps|
|Date:||Mar 1, 1997|
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