ACA Camp Business Operations Report

Access the most recent budget and finance data for camps. 

Staffing, Compensation, and Benefits Report

Each year, the American Camp Association (ACA) surveys its members about specific areas of their camp operations and makes the results available so camps can benchmark their business practices. The focus for 2017-2018 was on the following issues related to camp staff:

Camp Sites, Facilities, and Programs Report

The ACA Camp Sites, Facilities, and Programs Report: 2020 is an invaluable resource for camps interested in examining their business operations around programs, grounds, and facilities. Data for this report were gathered in November of 2019 in a survey sent to the primary contacts for 2,405 ACA accredited and member camps.  A total of 679 camps from the national sample responded to the survey (28% response rate).

Findings include:

  • camp property characteristics and nature of ownership
  • facilities and facility capacity
  • programs, partnerships, and outcome areas
  • session lengths
  • enrollment and enrollment trends

Respondents were asked to self-identify based on their primary program format: day only, overnight only, and combination of day and overnight.  Camps providing trip and travel programs and rental-based services were grouped into whichever category they selected. Reports are available in the following camp formats:

  1. Camps providing day camp experiences only
  2. Camps providing overnight camp experiences only
  3. Camps providing some combination of day, overnight, and rental group programming

Within these reports, key data points are further segmented by region, budget size, and business model (independent not-for-profit, independent for-profit, agency-affiliated, faith-based, and municipal/local government).

Read a snapshot of the Day Camp Report.

Survey results are available for free to ACA members. Please log in or join ACA today.


Camp Meals Tax Relief

When the Tax Cut and Jobs Act became law in 2017, many camp professionals were surprised to learn that their federal taxes would be going up, and for unexpected reasons. Camps that were subject to federal income tax discovered that all of the costs associated with preparing and serving the food that they routinely provide to their staff during mealtimes at camp had suddenly become taxable, resulting in a significantly higher tax bill at the end of the year.

Business Basics for New Camp Directors

Camp professionals usually come into their roles because they have talent and passion for working with youth and staff. However, the most successful leaders in our industry combine this passion with keen business sense.  But where to even begin? This webinar will provide foundational knowledge for camp leaders so that they can understand how to leverage business tools to impact kids’ lives.

By the end of the webinar participant will learn:

2019 FLSA Update: New White Collar Salary Rule and 13(a)(3) Seasonal Exemption

Join us for an update on the Fair Labor Standards Act white collar exemptions, as well as camp-specific content relating to the 13(a)(3) seasonal exemption.  Do you have questions about the new FLSA “White-Collar” exemption?  How does the new Final Rule affect your camp? Come to this webinar and hear about the issue from a partner in Ice Miller’s Labor and Employment Group.

By the end of the webinar participant will learn:

2018 Business of Camp: Interesting Trends and Otherwise

Trends in camp business operations are altogether interesting and not interesting. Interesting because the business of camp is dynamic and evolving quickly to meet the demands of the 21st century, and not interesting because, by and large, the business of camp boils down to one thing: it depends. The 2018 Camp Business Operations Report included both interesting and not-all-that-interesting findings, mostly due to the fact that camps today are increasingly diverse, representing a wider range than ever before in size and financial scope.

Building an Army of Asking Ants!

Ant colonies have been used throughout history as models of industry. As a collective, ants are efficient, surprisingly intelligent, and are among the very few animals that organize themselves to collectively carry loads far heavier than an individual member of their species. Ants working together have an astonishing ability to mix collective muscle with individual initiative, and can adjust their course and outcomes based on intelligence provided by a single ant joining the effort.