Starting a day camp involves creating a business plan, establishing the camp's programs, hiring and training staff, establishing the infrastructure and marketing the camp. Before starting a day camp, all the underlying components must be analyzed and studied. The American Camp Association has excellent resources regarding the process of setting up day camps.
Like any other business, a day camp requires a comprehensive business plan. To create the business plan, all the components of the day camp need to be studied, including the target market, the location, programming, financing and staffing. The vision of the camp should be clear, and the camp?s culture and philosophy need to be determined.
The day camp's programs should next be identified and developed. As staff are hired, they should be carefully screened. Staff need training to be able to plan and execute the programs planned. Proper supervision protocols and the camp's rules should be established. All licensing required by state and local laws should be put into place.
A location must be found for the camp, any equipment should be purchased, and plans for food and transport put into place. Once all these basic elements are ready, the camp needs to be marketed to the target audience.