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A Look at Trends in Camps


The most common programs found among camp respondents' facilities include: day camps and summer camps (offered by 73.2 percent of camp respondents); arts and crafts (65.9 percent); camping programs (62.2 percent); water sports such as kayaking and canoeing (52.2 percent); teen programming (52.2 percent); educational programs (51.4 percent); holidays and other special events (42 percent); environmental education (39.9 percent); climbing programs (37 percent); and trips (28.3 percent).

Some 31.9 percent of camp respondents said they are planning to add programming at their facilities over the next three years.

The 10 most commonly planned program additions for camp respondents include:

  1. Educational programs (up from No. 2)
  2. Camping programs (up from No. 5)
  3. Holidays and other special events (no change from 2015)
  4. Environmental education (did not appear in 2015)
  5. Water sports such as kayaking and canoeing (up from No. 7)
  6. Climbing programs (did not appear in 2015)
  7. Trips (down from No. 6)
  8. Mind-body balance programs such as tai chi and yoga (did not appear in 2015)
  9. Day camps and summer camps (down from No. 1)
  10. Swimming programs (did not appear in 2015)