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2010 Special Report on Camping Published

September 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In partnership with The Coleman Co., The Outdoor Foundation has published the “2010 Special Report on Camping,” which provides an in-depth look at participation and overall trends.research.camping.2010

According to a news release, the research gives activity information by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education, and geographic region. In addition, the study looks at “crossover” participation to find the activities that camping participants most often and least often enjoy.Camping is part of the very fabric of American society – accommodating just about every lifestyle from luxury experiences to close-to-home overnights to rustic adventures. Despite economic uncertainty, camping participation has continued to increase. In fact, this activity is one of the most popular outdoor pursuits, attracting 44 million participants in 2009.

These participants averaged 13 camping days each for a total of over 580 million days. This special report gives an overview of camping in the United States, presenting detailed information on participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and geographic region.

Data is also provided on common barriers to entry as well as popular “crossover” sports for this important group. Also, for the first time, the report looks at how far campers travel and the most preferred type of camping experience.

To read the entire report, click here.

Highlights follow.

Annual Outings

  • In 2009, camping participants made 580.7 million annual outings. For some participants, this meant getting out once a season and for others, once a month or week.
  • The average camper went camping 13.2 days in 2009, down from 14.1 days in 2008.

Geography of Camping Participants

  • Pacific: Participation rate: 18.5%; percent of all U.S. participants: 18.6%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 15.1%.
  • Mountain: Participation rate: 26.9%; percent of all U.S. participants: 12.2%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 10.9%.
  • West South Central: Participation rate: 14.4%; percent of all U.S. participants: 10.4%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 15.9%.
  • West North Central: Participation rate: 18.1%; percent of all U.S. participants: 7.7%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 5.9%.
  • East North Central: Participation rate: 16.6%; percent of all U.S. participants: 16.4%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 12.7%.
  • East South Central: Participation rate: 15.7%; percent of all U.S. participants: 6.0%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 3.7%.
  • South Atlantic: Participation rate: 12.0%; percent of all U.S. participants: 14.9%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 21.6%.
  • Middle Atlantic: Participation rate: 11.0%; percent of all U.S. participants: 9.5%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 9.9%.
  • New England: Participation rate: 13.5%; percent of all U.S. participants: 4.1%; percent of first-time U.S. participants: 4.2%.

Camping: A Gateway to the outdoors

Over three-quarters of camping participants participate in multiple outdoor activities (80.2% down slightly from 84.3% in 2008). Only a small percentage participates in camping alone.

First-time Participants in Camping

  • 8.2% of campers tried the activity for the rst time in 2009.
  • 25, the median age of first-time campers in 2009.
  • 25.8% of first-time campers in 2009 are ethnically diverse compared to 14.1% of all campers.

What Types of Campsites Do Campers Choose?

  • 62.3% of RVers chose public campgrounds, 32.1% chose private campgrounds, 2.2% chose their own backyards and 3.4% chose special events.

Camping Participants’ Time Outdoors

  • 45.0% of camping participants say the economy impacts how often they participate in outdoor activities.
  • 87.0% of camping participants plan to spend more time participating in outdoor activities in 2010.

Camping Among Households With Children

  • Adults 18 and older with children in their household participate in camping at higher levels than adults without children despite the responsibilities and time commitments often associated with having younger children in the home.
  • 18.4 percent of adults age 18 and older with children ages 1 to 17 in their household participate in camping, while only 11.7% of adults without children in their household participate.

Note: During January and February 2010, a total of 40,141 online interviews were carried out with a nationwide sample of individuals and households from the U.S. online panel operated by Synovate. A total of 15,067 individual and 25,074 household surveys were completed. The total panel has over 1 million members and is maintained to be representative of the U.S. population. Oversampling of ethnic groups took place to boost response from typically underresponding groups.

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