Here are some really interesting facts about the Summer Camp industry! Did you know?
“The direct economic impact of the youth summer camp industry comes from three main sources:
1, Employment, Almost 175,000 seasonal workers and 10,000 full-time workers in the regions camps receive more than $1.1 billion in wages. The 16-to-24 age group holds most of the seasonal jobs, helping a demographic with a national unemployment rate of 8% (2016 statistic). Besides the economic impact, youth camps also foster the non-academic life skills that U.S employers seek when hiring for jobs. These are the skills that aren’t learned in school and can’t be measured on standardized tests including creativity, communication, leadership, resilience and teamwork.
3, Camps as Tourist Destinations, Each summer, millions of young people go to day and overnight camp in the Northeast. As a result, there is a great deal of intra-regional, out-of-region and out-of-country tourism. Family trips surrounding drop-off day, pick-up day, visiting day, and visits from prospective campers are common. The communities surrounding camps see increased spending on lodging, meals, transportation, shopping and recreation by families visiting camps and campers. According to the American Camp Association, Northeast Region’s Economic Impact Study, when the indirect economic impact, which includes tourism, is added in, the total economic contribution to the Northeast rises to $8 billion.Combining payroll, operational and capital spending, the total annual direct economic impact of the youth camping industry in the Northeast is more than $3.2 billion. ”