Summer camps are a great way for children to make new friends, learn new skills, and experience new adventures, but with so many summer camps to choose from, it can be challenging for parents to find the right fit for their child.
That’s why partnering with schools and community organizations can be an effective way to increase your camp’s visibility and reach potential campers and their families.
Partnering with schools is a natural fit for summer camps. Schools have access to a large audience of families with children of the age range that your camp caters to. By partnering with schools, your camp can reach out to parents who are already interested in their child’s education and development. Additionally, school administrators and teachers may be willing to promote your camp to their students and families, either through newsletters, flyers, or other forms of communication.
Community organizations are another excellent resource for summer camps. These organizations often have strong ties to local families and may have a reputation for providing quality programming. By partnering with these organizations, you can tap into their networks and potentially reach new audiences that you may not have been able to otherwise.
The California Collaboration for Youth has a number of resources for you to consider regarding establishing your partnership with schools.
When partnering with schools and community organizations, it’s important to establish a mutually beneficial relationship. You can offer to provide these organizations with resources or support that will benefit their students or members, such as discounts on camp fees, access to your facilities, or even hosting joint events. Another idea would be to turn your camp’s enrollment process into a fundraiser for the school, where you’d donate a percentage of each camper’s paid tuition for every student the school refers to you.
Partnering with schools and community organizations can also be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the interests and needs of your target audience. By working closely with these organizations, you can gain valuable insights into what parents are looking for in a summer camp and how you can tailor your programming to meet those needs.
It’s time to start partnering with schools and community organizations! This can be a highly effective way to increase your camp’s visibility and reach potential campers and their families. By establishing mutually beneficial relationships, you can tap into these organizations’ networks and potentially reach new audiences. Additionally, working closely with these organizations can help you learn more about the interests and needs of your target audience, ultimately leading to a more successful summer camp experience for all.