Jane Cox Murray, executive director of the N.C. Youth Camp Association, speaks during Business Morning Update Wednesday at The Chariot in downtown Hendersonville.
Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.
Youth camps have a significant and positive economic impact on Henderson County, a 2010 N.C. State University study found, as the county pulled in $120 million from its 17 camps.
Total economic impact findings by county
Henderson – $120 million from 17 camps
Transylvania – $126 million from 14 camps
Buncombe – $103 million from 7 camps
Jackson – $11.5 million from 2 camps
Jane Murray, executive director of the N.C. Youth Camp Association, said that in Transylvania County, $126 million was generated from 14 camps, and in Buncombe County, seven camps brought $103 million to the local economy.
The 10-week study conducted by N.C. State looked at 45 camps in Henderson, Transylvania and Buncombe counties, as well as two in Jackson County.
The estimated impact in the four Western North Carolina counties is about $365 million, Murray said.
She shared this data at Wednesday’s Business Morning Update at The Chariot in Hendersonville.
“Camp is part of the culture and is the life of the community,” Murray said.
In 2010, Murray said 13,053 families visited Henderson County when bringing their children to the camps. These families stayed an average of four nights in the county’s lodging facilities and spent about $2,300 each on shopping, dining and visiting nature areas and historic attractions.
In addition, 1,181 seasonal camp employees spend an average of $3,858 each during their stay in Henderson County.
The last economic impact study was conducted in 1999 and showed that camps in Western North Carolina generated about $96 million. The 2010 study indicated a 279 percent increase from 11 years before.
The latest survey included 53,238 families and 5,477 seasonal workers throughout the four counties.
The N.C. Youth Camp Association has 50 member camps in the state. For more information, visit www.nccamps.org.
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