BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Directors of day camps, overnight camps and teen tours nationwide are approaching a do-or-die point when it comes to plans for this summer.
The American Camp Association (ACA) — the national organization that accredits camps — is holding a video conference on Monday to help camps deal with the uncertainty of the 2020 camping season.
Here is the meeting announcement:
Join us for practical direction for camps on how to establish your plan, how-to steps on what to do, and what not to do. We’ll share best practice examples of communication with parents, staff, campers and the communities we serve. We’ll discuss engaging with local media proactively in preparation for summer and talking points in case you get a call tomorrow. Lastly, we’ll explore identifying trending topics your camp might encounter this summer beyond COVID-19.
No camps that we know of have yet pulled the plug. But as we previously reported, a summer cancellation could be devastating to the camping industry. A typical overnight camp brings in roughly $3-Million a year. Many camps are run by families which put most of that money back into the camp, after they pay for staffing, insurance, building upkeep, maintenance, marketing, food and more. Despite what may seem like a huge sum, there is not much — if any — left over. Completely eliminating a summer not only leaves kids and staffers with no place to go, but an entire industry that relies on just two months to pay for the whole year with no income at all.
Summer camps in Pennsylvania, New York and throughout New England that have survived for decades may find a summer shut-down to be something from which they do not recover. Hundreds of kids from Boca, Delray and Boynton attend these camps.
There is no word at this point from local day camps at American Heritage, St. Andrews and others as to plans or expectations.