The CCA/ACC National Business Survey is now entering its third year of data collection. Tabulating the results from the fiscal years 2010 and 2011 we can now begin to see how widespread economic trends are impacting the camp industry. The population, revenue and salary figures for OCA camps are extrapolations based on total OCA membership and factored according to the average in each category. Trends are representative of the 66 respondent camps for the fiscal year 2010 and the 82 respondent camps for the fiscal year 2011.
|Total Membership OCA||Fiscal year 2010||Fiscal year 2011||Overall Change|
|Number of camper days||2,183,850||2,624,400||> 440,550|
|Percentages for the following trends represent the number of camps that experienced an average decline or increase of 15% in each category.|
|% Respondent Camps Only||Fiscal year 2010||Fiscal year 2011||Overall Trend|
|Sales||Decline 30.2% – Increase 39.7%||Decline 30.8% – Increase 45.7%||>6.0%|
|Subsidies & grants||Decline 19.6% – Increase 22.9%||Decline 10.6% – increase 33.4%||>10.5%|
|Fixed costs||Decline 0% – Increase 66.1%||Decline 1.2% – Increase 58%||>2.0%|
|Salaries||Decline 4.8% – Increase 50.8%||Decline 3.7% – Increase 65.8%||>15%|
|Capital expenditures||Decline 14.5% – Increase 58.1%||Decline 9.8% – Increase 52.4%||<5.7%|
|Food costs||Decline 7.9% – Increase 73.1%||Decline 4.3% – Increase 67.6%||>34.2%|
|Maintenance||Decline 6.4% – Increase 64.5%||Decline 4.9% – Increase 52.5%||<12%|
Results of all national studies and general camp research from Canada are posted in the research section of the CCA/ACC website: www.ccamping.org.
Canadian Summer Camp Research Project: Phase III
In January of 2012, the CCA/ACC, with assistance from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, provided funding to the University of Waterloo for a further year of study to augment the findings of the Canadian Summer Camp Research Project (CSCRP), released in the fall of 2011. The study identified five areas of youth development provided through camp experience. These included: social integration/citizenship, environmental awareness, attitude towards physical activity, emotional intelligence, and self-confidence/personal development. The results of this study of camp programs from across Canada showed that statistically significant positive growth was observed in all five areas.
We as an industry now possess rigorous and well-vetted research to support our position as providers of positive youth development programs outside of the school system. Judicious and creative use of this resource can assist all Canadian camps in their marketing to parents, presenting background for staff training and education, and providing justification to boards, funders, and government agencies. The comprehensive five year report is available from the CCA/ACC online at: www.ccamping.org on the English language site under “Camping Research.” Now during the 6th and final year, Phase III of the CSCRP has surveyed camper parents directly in order to determine the longer-term, post-camp effects on their children within the environments of home, school and community. The report on the findings of the CSCRP Phase III will be forthcoming in 2013.
International Camp Study: Camps and Global Citizenship
Using modules developed by the American Camp Association this research project explores how camp experience impacts on skill sets such as problem solving, exploration, and teamwork as they relate to the development of globally-minded citizens. Within the study camper groups took part in either “benchmark” or “intervention” sessions during the camp season. The intervention sessions included intentional programming, based upon global citizenship, and education curricula which were adapted specifically to the camp setting. Twenty camps from thirteen countries, including two camps from Ontario participated in the project. The results of the study will be forthcoming in 2013.
Stephen Fine, Ph.D.
National Research Committee
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