Summer fun: Increased expenditure on recreational activities will fuel industry growth

The Summer Camps industry is tied closely to overall economic indicators such as per capita disposable income, population growth and leisure time. Disposable income has grown since 2013 as unemployment has fallen, contributing to industry revenue gains. Over the five years to 2023, revenue is forecast to increase at an annualized rate of 1.8% to total an estimated $3.8 billion. The industry is expected to experience a marginal increase in the number of children and adolescents it serves, rapidly improving expenditure on recreational activities and gains in sports participation...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Niche camps centered on particular sports are growing in popularity
  • The most profitable camps offer specialized instruction in niche areas
  • Spending on recreation services is poised to grow over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Summer Camps industry carries a moderate level of capital intensity. In 2018, for every $1.00 the average operator spends on wages, it will spend $0.19 on capital. Some typical capital that the average summer camp may invest in include furniture, administrative equipment, boats, ATVs or other recreational vehicles. Because this is a service-based, hospitality-related industry, summer camps generally focus more heavily on their staff. This is especially prevalent at specialty instruction camps where campers demand quality instruction from a well-trained, knowledgeable staff of counselors. The level of capital intensity is also subdued because most camps must focus on other costs such as fuel and food. Mor...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Summer Camps Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Summer Camps Industry are

  • Access to niche markets
  • Having a good reputation
  • Level of security provided
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of K-12 students and Total recreation expenditure in the Summer Camps industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Summer Camps Industry?

    This industry includes overnight recreational camps for adults and children. Camps may have themes and the industry includes outdoor adventure retreats. Camps generally provide accommodations and other amenities, such as cabins, fixed campsites, food services, recreational facilities and equipment, and organized activities. Campgrounds and instructional day camps are excluded.

    Industry Products
  • Sports Camps
  • Teambuilding Camps
  • Community Service Camps
  • Farming/Ranching/Gardening Camps
  • Wilderness Camps
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing overnight recreational camping
  • Selling meals, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages prepared for immediate consumption
  • Providing room or unit accommodation for travelers and others
  • Collecting tuitions or fees and membership dues
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of K-12 students
  • Total recreation expenditure
  • Households earning more than $100,000
  • Participation in sports

  • Current Performance
  • Spending rises
  • Demographic trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Further spending increases
  • Market potential to improve
  • Increasing competition
  • Table: Summer Camps Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Summer Camps Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Civic, Social & Youth Organizations
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Furniture Wholesaling
  • Insurance Brokers & Agencies
  • Land Leasing
  • Soft Drink, Baked Goods & Other Grocery Wholesaling
  • Sporting Goods Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Sports Camps
  • Wilderness Camps
  • Teambuilding Camps
  • Community Service Camps
  • Farming/Ranching/Gardening Camps
  • Chart: Summer Camps Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Adolescents aged 10 to 12
  • Children aged 9 years and younger
  • Adolescents aged 13 to 17
  • Adults 18 and older
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Summer Camps Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Marketing, insurance and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Summer Camps

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Summer Camps Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Summer Camps Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Summer Camps Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Total Recreation Expenditure (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A small store or kiosk where food and beverages may be purchased during limited hours of each camp day.
  • Day Camp
  • A camp at which participants attend during the day but leave at night to return home or elsewhere.
  • Overnight Camp
  • A camp at which campers spend the night in accommodations on the premises.
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