How to Start a Summer Camp Business


If you want to run your own summer camp business then read on…

Over the next couple of days, I’ll be posting a series of articles that will give you all the information you need to setup and run a successful summer camp business.

Summer camps can also be known as, school holiday clubs, activity day camps, kids clubs or simply holiday activities. In this article you will be given advice, tips and models for providing a quality programme for your campers and keep them coming back every school holiday.

Running a Summer Camp business isn’t your typical 9-5. You will start early and finish late, you will be responsible for up to 500 campers (depending on your business model) and for the first couple of camps, you may operate at a loss!

That said, running a camp is an extremely rewarding experience and can make a real difference to a young person’s life. Not only will they have an opportunity to take part in fun activities but they will also develop a sense of independence and make friends for life.

Safety of your camp and staff standards need to be of the highest of quality. Remember, parents are putting their trust in your organisation to look after their child and provide a positive experience – never take that lightly.

The most important thing you should know is that you are operating as a child care service. Parents are looking for supervision for their child during the school holidays and you provide a service that does just that. Combine your child service with fun, engaging activities and you have a holiday camp business.

The article will be split into 3 parts:

Part 1 – Camp Setup

This will help you build a strong foundation for your camp. It will provide you with a step-by-step approach for starting a camp from coming up with a name to booking your venue and hiring your team.

Part 2 – Camp Operations

This will deal with how to run your camp and information you need to be aware of. I will provide advice on procedures and programme management to ensure your campers get the best experience in a safe, secure and fun environment. Success is down to proper planning.

Part 3 – Camp Development

Ideas on how to grow your summer camp business and keep your campers and staff coming back.

If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact me by email or by using the comments below.



  1. Thanks a lot for the information. I am so interested in such idea and I have a plan to start my own camp. Hope I can start it in the most correct way.

  2. This is very useful and encouraging! My fiance’ and I are in the works for a five year plan. As we near our wedding plans, buying a home follows suite. Since we live in a rural area in the bible belt, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts & Church Camps are all the rage. However, as people our own age (mid twenties) are starting their own families or already have kids reaching camp age, we want to provide something that isn’t the previously listed camps. This is the info I have been looking for!!

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