Camp Compensation and Benefits Report: 2010

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The American Camp Association (ACA) continues to support the importance of research efforts into the business of camp operations through an annual systematic survey process focused on important business aspects. The focus for 2009 was on the collection of staff compensation and benefit information. The salary, compensation, and benefits information was gathered in the fall of 2009 in a survey of 1,350 camp owners and operators who were randomly selected based on stratified sampling to represent the almost 2,700 camps affiliated with the American Camp Association. A 37 percent response rate helps the reader understand:

  • Current salaries of full-time and seasonal camp employees as stratified by
    • day and resident operations
    • camps sponsored by agencies, religious organizations, independent nonprofits and independent for-profits
    • camps from all regions of the U.S.A
    • annual revenue sizes
  • Benefits provided to year-round and seasonal staff and their cash value
  • Director salaries segmented by tenure in position, education, age, and gender
  • Expected salary increases for 2010
  • International staff compensation considerations

This report contains the latest salary information for day camps and resident camps across the U.S. and is the most comprehensive study of salaries for camp personnel available to the industry. Three sets of information are provided for both day and resident camps:

Summary Information with graphs and charts to highlight similarities and differences by region and sponsorship including director base salaries, anticipated change in salaries, and other benefits provided along with their cash value. In addition, similar information is provided for select other year-round positions as well as paid full-time seasonal positions.

Tables provide specific information organized by sponsor group (agency, religious, independent for profit and independent nonprofit), region of the country (New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-America, Southern, and Western), and annual revenue categories. Tables include information on camp profile, director demographics and salary, director benefits, select year-round full-time staff salaries and benefits, and seasonal staff and benefits, including a special section on international staff.

Appendix provides more detailed information about the design, methodology, and analysis strategy used in this study.

NEW! Individualized Fact Sheets are being created that will provide just the information pertinent to a particular type of camp and its sponsorship. For example, if you are a for-profit day camp, you can look at the For-Profit Day Camp fact sheet for comparisons to your own camp. Fact sheets will also offer a regional perspective. For example if you are a resident camp in the West, you can look at the Western region Resident Camp fact sheet for pertinent information. These fact sheets will be a part of the package in early Summer 2010 (for anyone purchasing the report before that time, they will receive the Fact Sheets when they are available).

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In addition to this salary study, information from the Camp Compensation and Benefits Report: 2007 may be useful when determining trends. Other reports such as the ACA Camp Business Operations Report: 2009 and the ACA Camp Sites, Facilities, and Programs Report: 2008 may also be informative when evaluating your camp’s business model.