3 Reasons to Host a Summer Camp

While regular martial arts classes can dip in attendance over the summer with students going on vacations, there are still plenty of families that need a safe, structured place for their children to be at Monday – Friday.

Here are three strong reasons why to promote and host a summer camp.

1. Tuition Income
According to Care.com, the average rate for a sports camp ranges from $500 – $1,000 per week. On the lower end, a summer camp hosted by the local community recreation center can be a little as $50 per week.

Most martial arts schools range from $75 – $275 per week for an 8 – 10-week summer camp.

Here is what the income potential is for a $149 per week camp. This doesn’t include snacks, exam fees, uniforms, and sparring gear.

Weekly tuition   Students         Weekly tuition    Weeks                Total Tuition
$149.00                      10                      $1,490.00            10                      $14,900.00
$149.00                      15                      $2,235.00            10                      $22,350.00
$149.00                      20                      $2,980.00            10                      $29,800.00
$149.00                      25                      $3,725.00            10                      $37,250.00
$149.00                      30                      $4,470.00            10                      $44,700.00
$149.00                      35                      $5,215.00            10                      $52,150.00
$149.00                      40                      $5,960.00            10                      $59,600.00
$149.00                      45                      $6,705.00            10                      $67,050.00
$149.00                      50                      $7,450.00            10                      $74,500.00

2. Feed Your After-School Program.
One of the main reasons schools host summer camps is that a high percentage of the kids in the camp will transfer into your after-school program.

3. Massive Retention
If you host an exciting summer camp, you have a great chance of enrolling the kids into your after-school or regular evening classes. However, there is a big difference in retention.

Evening/standard classes struggle to keep kids for even 8 – 12 months. However, because an after-school program is structured to be part of the weekday routine, the kids stay with the program for years. It’s not uncommon for kids to stay with your after-school program for 5 – 8 years. They

just get used to it like going to school each day.

See 7 Videos on How to Run a Successful Martial Arts Summer Camp with Jim King.

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John Graden
John Graden

John Graden is widely credited with leading the martial arts school business into the modern age. He is the founder of the first successful professional association and trade journal. MA Success editor John Corcoran first called him a “visionary” in 1995. Martial Arts World magazine dubbed him, The Teacher of Teachers. Mr. Graden’s leadership was recognized in many mainstream media outlets including a cover story on the Wall Street Journal, documentaries on A&E Network, and as a guest on the Dr. Oz Show and many others.