Feature Article - June 2016
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Regional Information

A Look at Regional Trends


Programming

Looking at the specific types of programming offered according to region, the South Atlantic, West and Northeast are the most likely to offer the various sorts of programs measured by this study.

Respondents from the Northeast were more likely than those in other regions to offer: educational programs; day camps and summer camps; youth sports teams; arts and crafts; sports training; individual sports activities; trips; and climbing programs.

Respondents from the South Atlantic region were more likely than those from other regions to offer: holidays and special events; fitness programs; sports tournaments and races; personal training; environmental education; nutrition and diet counseling; camping programs; water sports like canoeing; and therapeutic programs.

Respondents from the West were more likely than those from other regions to offer: mind-body balance programs such as yoga; swimming programs; adult sports teams; active older adult programming; aquatic exercise; teen programs; performing arts; festivals and concerts; day care and preschool; and special needs programs.

Northeastern respondents were more likely than any others to report that they had plans to add programming at their facilities over the next few years. Some 34 percent of respondents in the Northeast had such plans. They were more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add: educational programs; fitness programs; mind-body balance programs; arts and crafts; holidays and special events; performing arts; individual sports activities; aquatic exercise; water sports like kayaking; trips; swimming programs; therapeutic programs; and climbing programs.

Some 31.3 percent of respondents in the South Atlantic region said they had plans to add programming at their facilities over the next few years. They were more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add: teen programs; active older adult programming; sports tournaments and races; special needs programs; adult sports teams; youth sports teams; nutrition and diet counseling; sport training; festivals and concerts; and personal training.

Some 31 percent of respondents in the West said they plan to add programs at their facilities over the next few years. They are more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add day camps and summer camps.

Some 30.5 percent of Midwestern respondents have plans to add programs over the next few years. They are more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add daycare and preschool programs.

South Central region respondents were the least likely to have plans to add programs at their facilities over the next three years. Some 29.9 percent of South Central respondents are planning to add programs. They are more likely than those in other regions to be planning to add environmental education programs.