Managing Costs: The Numbers of Making TimberNook Work

"I knew this was going to be an amazing experience, but I didn't expect this!" 

"It was truly magical. I can't wait to get started!"

"I feel prepared and fully supported."

"I'm so excited to be called a TimberNook provider, now that I know what it truly means."

These are some of the comments we got after our summer training program just a few short weeks ago from a group of amazing individuals - from a lawyer to therapists of every kind. After the end of the week, everyone was eager to get their TimberNook programs started in their part of the country. 

TimberNook Summer Class of 2015

At TimberNook, we’re always searching for passionate entrepreneurs to help us reach more children with our unique programming. Trained TimberNook providers allow us to spread our camp philosophy all over the world—and we couldn’t be happier about this!

Potential providers come to us with a strong background in child development, an open mind, motivation, strong management and interpersonal skills, commitment, passion, and the financial resources to get started and maintain a successful business.

If you agree that outdoor play is critical for child development and you’re motivated to explore a new opportunity as a TimberNook provider, you’ve come to the right place. As excited as you are, we bet you still have a few lingering questions about getting started—and they may have to do with crunching the numbers.

Below, we’ve broken down the numbers of making TimberNook work. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask (

1)    Initial Investment: The approval process for becoming a provider begins as soon as you submit the application and the required (non-refundable) $50 fee.

2)    Initial Flat Provider Fee: For $8,500 (US), providers receive eight full days of training over the course of a year. This includes a five-day intensive session at TimberNook headquarters in New Hampshire, followed by a three-day session at the provider’s location when new programming begins. In addition, providers continuosly receive new program curriculum, marketing support, centralized registration, a prominent website listing, and management of all back-end operations.

3)    Recurring Annual Fees: US providers pay $750 and a 7 percent royalty (international investment rates may vary; contact for more info).

4)    Land Rental: Many providers rent land or use a host site such as a local farm, park, or school that has a wooded or large outdoor area. Camp space may not even pose a direct cost. Here are 3 Non-Traditional (and Free or Low-Cost) Places to Run a Camp.

5)    Insurance: All providers are required to have general liability insurance. This insurance protects a company’s assets and pays for obligations, including medical costs. Learn more here.

Initial investments, including the application and provider fees, are typically paid off with just three weeks of camp, and the annual fee can be paid off with a one-day seasonal camp.

It’s also important to keep in mind that your TimberNook camp does not need to be a stand-alone business—it can be combined with a preexisting one, such as a daycare or occupational therapy practice. Additionally, depending on your location and situation, programming can be done year-round, seasonally, or more sporadically for special events like birthday parties or holiday camps. In short, as a provider, you can make TimberNook work for you and your personal financial situation.

Are you ready to learn more about our upcoming October 2015 Training Session? Our camps have a solid record of commercial success, and our unique product quickly attracts a strong following. Make this the year you start something fantastic—a successful business that makes a difference in children’s lives! 

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