This is the fourth article in a series of ten on Choosing the Best Summer Camp in America.
When I first attended Scout camp in 1968, the cost was less than $20 per week. I had a great experience and went back year after year. Once I became a staff member (at age 16) making $10 per week, I understood why my camp experience had been inexpensive.
The same Scout camp now costs around $200 per week and private camps often exceed $1,000 per week.
What Determines a Summer Camp’s Cost?
There is a reason that some camps are so expensive. Many wonderful summer camps pay their staff well, use the best program equipment, have a great camper-to-staff ratio, and constantly work on improving their facilities. Those camps will also, by necessity, charge a higher tuition than camps that pay low salaries and have aging program equipment. Camps that have a broad program or take trips away from camp have higher expenses than a camp that offers just a few activities like swimming, field games & archery.
If the tuition is low, it doesn’t necessarily mean the camp has a low-quality or inferior program. Some low-cost camps are still great camps because they are supported by an organization that supplements camper fees. Some summer camps are inexpensive due to the nature of their program offerings. Boy Scout camps serve troops that bring their own adult leaders, which lowers expenses, since the campers are supervised by volunteers rather than paid staff.
As you consider summer camps, don’t rule out camps that may seem a bit beyond your means. Some camps offer discounts for financially strapped families. Grandparents often send their grandchildren to an outstanding camp that would normally be beyond the means of their family. Having the camper earn part of the tuition money is a great way to supplement the camp experience.
Find the Best Summer Camps and Make the Best Choice for Your Child
These ten considerations will help you decide which camp is best for your kids:
- Family decision
- Consider the camp philosophy
- Consider the Camp program
- What is the cost of Summer camp?
- Camp size
- Camp staff
- Standards & accreditation
Don’t let your budget keep you from giving your children a valuable summer experience. CampPage offers information on a wide variety of camps throughout the Unite States and Canada.