Happy campers produce more than beaded wallets and macramé planters. They also generate millions in revenue, payroll and taxes.
At last count there were 289 youth summer camps in New Hampshire, contributing $317 million to the state’s economy and supporting 4,400 jobs with $128 million in total payroll, according to a 2011 report issued by the American Camps Association of New England.
We talk with author Michael Thompson, who argues in his new book that kids need summer camp more than ever. With today’s over-scheduled and over-protected children, Thompson says summer camp remains one of the few places where kids have to rough it, stretch their boundaries, and conquer the challenges of the great-outdoors.