By the numbers


Summer camp loomsIt's already time to make choices for 2004


We are in the middle of the snowstorm season, which means, of course, it is time to think seriously about summer camps. A very good place to start will be at the Summer Fare 2004 expo, presented by Chicago Parent and the American Camping Association, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Marriott Oak Brook, 1401W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. In the meantime, summer camp by the numbers:

300 Number of summer camps in Illinois.

300 Number of species of mosquitoes in Illinois.

12,000 Number of summer camps in the United States.

11,000,000,000 Dollars, estimated annual revenue of the summer camp industry.

6,000,000 Number of children who attend summer camps in the United States.

5,700,000 Number of children who report some homesickness at camp.

1,600,000 Number of years campfires have been in existence.

4,000 Number of years marshmallows have been in existence.

2,200 Number of years chocolate has been in existence.

77 Number of years recipes for s'mores have been in existence.

Zay N. Smith

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