Off to camp

Summer camps. Sports camps, arts camps, computer camps, special-needs camps, camp camps. A thousand adventures amid a million mosquitoes. And there are other numbers, as well:

7,000 Number of residential summer camps in the United States.

5,000 Number of summer day camps in the United States.

11,000,000 Number of children and adults who attend camps each summer.

9 Percent increase in summer campers expected this year.

79 Percent of camps that have their own Web sites.

55 Percent of summer camp directors who are women.

145 Years ago, the first U.S. summer camp was founded in Connecticut.

590 Dollars, the average cost for a week at a private summer camp (some going much higher).

95 Percent of campers who feel homesick at least once (but then it's time to go swimming).

0 Number of items of new clothing, according to experts, that should be packed for summer camp (new clothes will become old in a hurry).

0 Number of cell phones, according to experts, that should be taken to camp by campers.

170 Number of species of mosquitoes in the United States.

Zay N. Smith


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