The beginning phase of the Economic Impact Study for resident camps in western North Carolina is nearing completion. After our research team from NC State distributed the first set of surveys to the directors of camps located in the the four county study region (Buncombe, Henderson, Jackson and Transylvania counties), they have collected data from over 75% of those camps polled. This participation surpasses the previous EIS performed in 1998.
The EIS is examining and quantifying the contribution summer camps make to the economies of western North Carolina. The next phases of the study will take place during and following the summer camp sessions. The research team will distribute surveys to the parents of camp children and camp staff members. The study will be completed in early 2011.
Hats off! to all camp directors who completed these surveys. We understand this was not an easy task, and we thank you for your time and efforts. Without your camps’ individual information, we would not be able to compile this valuable study.