Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Trends in Camps & Campgrounds

Our survey bears out some of these findings, showing that camps are planning to add amenities and programs that highlight adventure, as well as fitness. The top 10 amenities camp respondents are planning to add to their facilities in the next three years are:

  1. Splash play areas
  2. Climbing walls
  3. Disc golf courses
  4. Park structures like picnic shelters and restroom buildings
  5. Nature centers
  6. Outdoor sports courts for games like tennis and basketball
  7. Fitness centers
  8. Indoor sports courts
  9. Playgrounds
  10. Trails

Likewise, the programs featured at camp facilities also focus on adventure, as well as some of the other activities that are commonly associated with the camp experience. More than half of the camps respondents said they currently include camping programming, arts and crafts, and day camps or summer camps; and more than two-thirds also feature holidays and special events, educational programming, environmental programs, programs developed specifically for teens, and water sports like canoeing and kayaking.

The top programs they are planning to add feature more of the same:

  1. Environmental education
  2. Holidays and special events
  3. Day camps and summer camps
  4. Arts & crafts
  5. Camping
  6. Education
  7. Trips
  8. Climbing