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:

Every Dollar Makes a Difference: Maximizing Your PPP and ERTC Resources

Recorded March 3, 2021

Do you know about the Employer Retention Credit (ERTC)? In this webinar, we’ll share an exciting new source of government support that was included in the same bill that continued the PPP program. 

The ERTC was created in last March’s CARES Act, but until this new bill passed, PPP borrowers couldn’t use that program. That restriction has been eliminated and the result may mean tens of thousands of dollars in additional government support for your camp. 

We'll review: 

Furloughs, Layoffs, Quarantines, and Exposures Oh My! Employment Law Perspectives You Need to Know

We are living in unprecedented times.  Whether you have made the decision to open your camp or to operate (in-person or virtually) our new normal is very different than pre-pandemic.  Join us to learn about your obligations as an employer to your staff and to your business.

Presenter Bio:

Financial Contingency Planning: Protect Your Cash and Explore Financial Options

Opus Consulting Group presents its approach to financial contingency planning as COVID-19 is impacting camp businesses, creating uncertainties for the coming summer. This approach aims at understanding your cashflow drivers and addressing coordination and communication with all stakeholders, accounting for the high uncertainty. This webinar presents an emergency checklist and expands on cash flow management, stress testing, supporting discussions with key stakeholders (lenders, landlords, clients, investors) and navigating the current challenges and opportunities .

COVID-19: Your Camp’s Legal Questions Answered

As our industry faces the unprecedented challenge of managing camp during the coronavirus pandemic, camp professionals are running into daily legal questions ranging from employment law issues to contractual matters. This session will provide a forum to present those questions to attorneys who represent camps and other youth organizations.

In addition to questions submitted by participants, the presenters will explore the following topics:

Camp Finances in the Age of COVID-19

This will be a two-part webinar - we encourage all participants to stay for the full duration.

Part 1: Andrew Zwerman, CPA will go over: Financial Relief Programs, 3 types of SBA loans, the New Cares Act and delayed tax filings. His colleague, Kelly Schmidt, will then go over budgeting for summer 2020 and cash flow projections. All of the subject matter covered should help you and your camp understand the new financial landscape in this uncertain time.

Business and Financial Strategies in the Age of COVID-19– For Profit Camps

COVID-19 has had an intense impact on the financial health of the vast majority of camps. Financing camp operations successfully through the foreseeable future requires dexterity, tenacity, and strong relationships with financial institutions, suppliers, and families.  Our panel of experts will address financial strategies, employment issues, and business considerations specific to for profit camps in these uncertain times.  

Moderator: Tony Stein, Owner and Director, Camp Echo Lake, Warrensburg, NY


Camp Is a Business! Featuring ACA Business Operations Courses Package

ACA’s Camp Is a Business package of courses features our best content related to running a camp.  From coping with surviving in a pandemic to business basics this package has a lot to offer camps.

The courses featured in the package include:

The Business of Camp in Uncertain Times

Join seasoned camp professionals and suppliers for an engaging session addressing some of the most challenging business topics impacting camp related to COVID-19.  While no one has all the answers needed, this is an opportunity to address key issues at a practical level.   

Topics include: 

  • insurance 
  • staffing 
  • communications with camper families 
  • connecting with government agencies.