3 Reasons to Host a Summer Camp

3 Reasons to Host a Summer Camp

3 Reasons to Host a Martial Arts Summer Camp

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 for 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   Students         Total      Weeks         Total
$149                 10               $1,490         10                $14,900
$149                 15               $2,235         10                $22,350
$149                 20               $2,980        10                $29,800
$149                 25               $3,725         10                $37,250
$149                 30               $4,470        10                 $44,7000
$149                 35               $5,215         10                 $52,150
$149                 40               $5,960        10                 $59,600
$149                 45               $6,705        10                 $67,050
$149                 50               $7,450        10                 $74,500

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.

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7 Ideas to Make Summer Profitable

1. Open House 

Summer is a great time of year to plan an open house with some dynamic demonstrations.  Make it an all day fun event for all your students, along with their friends and family.  Try to have some carnival style games, face painting, raffles, demos, and anything else you can dream up that is fun and exciting.  

2.  Buddy Weeks

Have a Buddy Week in early May, and then again in late June.  This will help you bring a steady flow of prospects into your school during some typically slow months.  Be sure to work these leads immediately.  The quicker you’re on it, the better chance of enrollment you will have.

3.  Mothers Only Day 

The week prior to Mother’s Day that have a special Mother’s Day class where all the students can bring mom with them to class that day.  Offer all the moms a free month of classes just for coming.  Be sure to offer them the free month in front of their children.  There’s nothing like a little positive pressure from the kids.

4.  Fathers Only Day

This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th. This is the same event as the Mothers Only Day only it’s for Dads.

5.  Summer Training Camps

An intensive 2 or 3 day training program, each session lasts 3 – 5 hours.   Give attendance credit to everyone that participates and allow the students to test right in the camp if they are ready for promotion.   We hold these camps during school vacation weeks as well as in the summer. That’s July and August.  We charge $99 per session and they sell out quick!  Max the training camps out at around 20 students to ensure personal attention.  I typically gross around $4,000 per week when they sell out.

7. Record Setting / Breaking Day

Record Setting/ Breaking Day is a great way to get your students and parents together for a fun filled afternoon.  Also, you can use this as an opportunity to target parents for renewals or perhaps even get them involved in the lessons too.

The first year you do this, it should be called Record Setting Day.  Then it becomes Record Breaking Day every year after that.  The record holders’ names go on a large (2 ft x 2.5 ft) plaque in the waiting area, and remain there until someone beats their record.  So a name could stay there for as little as a year, or forever. 

Some examples of records could be: punches per minute, kicks per minute, number of push ups, distance of long jump, power pad reading (measures pressure), belt tying (speed), cone gathering (speed), and anything else you can dream up. 

But most importantly, remember to have a fun lesson plan that can compete with the nice weather.  You facility has to be more fun than the beach and more exciting than the amusement park.  Not only do you have to excite the students, but you have to excite the parents too.  Good Luck!

7 Promotional Ideas for the Summertime

1. Direct Mail promoting your summer special (minimum-5, 000).

2. Hand delivered flyers door to door promoting same special. 

3. Demonstrations at Summer Festivals and Fairs.

4. Contests in the school. Prize for the student who brings in the most friends who join the summer special. Have first, second and third prizes.

5. Promote your own Summer Health and Fitness Expo in your school. Bring in local health and beauty businesses to set up booths in your school. You supply the entertainment with Empower Boxing™ demonstrations.

Project Action Fund Raiser – A Kick-a-thon or a spar-a-thon where the Empower Boxing™ students, along with your Martial Arts kids, execute kicks to raise money for charity. This can bring you free advertising and generate a lot of excitement in your school. 

6. Couples Night. Students bring in their spouse or significant other to take class with them. Make it into a party with refreshments and a special price if they enroll that evening. 

7. Work Out Partners -Go to local businesses that have a large female clientele or employees. Pass out free classes to the employees and cut a deal with tbe business that allows you to put up a poster or lead box promoting your program in exchange for your doing the same at your school.

   The most important thing, during the summertime, is to not accept the fact that it is going to be slow because it has always been slow. I believe this is primary reason why many schools experience a drop off during the summertime. Instead of accepting it as a slow time, look at the summertime as a call to action. If we can bring in an extra 100 students into our Empower Boxing™ Program, just think where we will be when everybody comes back from vacation. 

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