On April 5, 2023

Summer camp by the numbers

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many children. Each year, campers of all ages head off to nearby recreation centers or travel to rural areas to claim their cabins and bunks. Here’s a deep look at some of the statistics surrounding summer camps.

1,467: The number of day camps in the United States run by the YMCA.

$3.91 billion: The peak market size of the summer camp sector in the United States in 2019, before stay-at-home-restrictions affected statistics in subsequent years, according to Statista.

14 million: The average number of American summer camp registrants each year, according to the American Camp Association.

1 week: The most popular session length for summer camp, although the majority of independent camp operators offer four-, six- and eight-week sessions, according to the American Camp Association.

50%: The percentage of respondents whose camps charge $1,000 or more per session, with most programs costing between $1,000 and $1,500, according to CampMinder.

58%-63%: The percentage of female staff members at overnight and day camps, respectively, according to American Camp Association.

200-300: The average number of campers served each session, according to CampMinder.

7 in 10: The number of camps that run 10 or more different programs, according to CampMinder.

79%: The percentage of camps that maintain a screen-free environment, according to CampMinder.

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