Camp Director/Staff:

Do you want to add some new fun, experiential activities to your camp?
Are you thinking about adding entrepreneurship education to your camp?
Are you thinking about starting a youth entrepreneurship camp?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions – then you are on the right page!

Spending time 4-H summer camp was one of my fondest memories.  I loved it so much that I became a counselor. Then when my kids were young, and I was their den leader, I found myself spending time leading kids at Boy Scout camps.  Whether it is learning how to make your own food and sleeping under the stars or learning other real-life skills it was always a fun and engaging way to learn new things. Fast forward to my current role of directing the Youth Entrepreneur Camp at the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center and to running More Than a Lemonade Stand Youth Entrepreneur Camps for E-seedling, LLC, my own small business, I am still loving the camp environment and find that the experiential learning that a camp provides works great for  teaching entrepreneurship.

Problem-solving, leadership skills, creativity, team work, communication and collaboration are all characteristics of an entrepreneur, not to mention 21st century skills, and can be integrated as a camp track in a fun and engaging way. While not all of your students may want to become young entrepreneurs; learning these 21st century skills will help them as an innovative employee and in other areas of their lives.

 “Entrepreneurs are not ‘born’….rather they ‘become’ through the experiences of their lives.” 
Professor Albert Shapiro, Ohio State University
(From the National Content Standards of Entrepreneurial Education)

One simple way of doing this is by running an “Apprentice Style” Lemonade Stand Competition. This fun activity not only teaches the basics of entrepreneurship but can also be set up to raise funds for a camp need or scholarships for the camp (that is what the camps I run do).

Here are some FAQ’s to answer your questions about how the Biz Ops Game™ works and what it teaches.

  1. What is the Lemonade Stand “Apprentice Style” Competition and how long does it take?
    It is a Lemonade Stand competition between 2 or more teams of 10-12 kids. They compete for raising the most funds (usually for a cause determined by them or the camp), best tasting, best display and best teamwork. The actual sale is an hour only and the prep time is approximately 3 hours.  CLICK THE GRAPHIC BELOW to Download FREE Instructions running the activity.
  1. What concepts does the Lemonade Stand Competition activity teach?
  • Basic Business operations
  • The roles necessary to run a successful business
  • Budgeting/Planning and financial record keeping
  • Team work and Collaboration
  • Customer Service and communication
  • Sales skills
  • Creativity
  1. What ages is the lemonade stand activity for?
  • It was originally designed for grades 6-8 but also works well for grades 4 & 5. I would guess it would also work well for high school aged kids.
  1. How does it teach business operations?
  • Teams are creating and running an actual business. They have to come up with their own name and identity, the products they sell, their pricing and how they are going to run their business.
  • Teams start out with a budget that must be paid back after the sale.
  • Teams assign business roles such as accountant, sales person, purchaser, designer based on each team members’ strengths.
  • Teams plan their expenses and test their product.
  • The salespersons sell their product to the customer.
  • Teams track sales (quantity & dollars) and expenses and create a profit and loss statement to see which team wins.
  1. How does the lemonade stand activity teach budgeting and financial record keeping?
    • Teams start with a budgeted amount and choose what they are going to spend their money on.
    • They must pay back the budgeted amount with their sales proceeds.
    • There are several factors to take into consideration when budgeting their money including the size and number of cups, decorations they need to purchase, and the lemonade and other products they are selling.
    • They track their actual expenses and sales and finish up with a profit and loss statement.
  1. How does the lemonade stand activity teach teamwork and collaboration?
    • The kids are divided into teams of 10-12; each team comes up with a business name, a theme and what products they want to sell.
    • They have to agree upon what to spend their money on.
    • They work together to achieve a common goal of making the most net profit by listening to the customer, communicating to the team and creating a quality product.
  1. How does the lemonade stand activity teach customer service and communication?
    • Since customers will usually leave a tip or donation if they receive good service it is important for everyone on the team provides excellent communication and customer service.
    • The sales person should be coached by their leader – to introduce their self with their name, title, a firm handshake and name of company.
  1. How does the lemonade stand competition teach creativity and problem-solving?
    • Each team starts out by coming up with creating their own company name, branding and charity they want to contribute to (unless the camp determines this).
    • Teams need to be creative to solve the problem of how are they going to sell the most lemonade so that they can maximize donations to their charity and ultimately win the competition.
    • Each team has to be creative in how they spend their money so they aren’t spending too much on materials and in how they spend their time so they can be prepared for the sale.
  1. How can you reinforce their learning?
    • The nature of the activity is experiential so there will be lot of learning from the actual preparation and activity.
    • The competitive nature of the activity brings in a fun factor that allows the teams to learn through play and experience without the penalty of failure of a real business.
    • Debriefing the activity is very important to review what each team learned – it gives the kids a chance to learn from each other.
    • Have the kids create another fund raiser for a camp need where they make and sell a product that other kids will buy.

In summary, the Lemonade Stand “Apprentice Style” Team Competition is an experiential business that can be incorporated in a camp environment and teaches 8 major business/life skills consisting of:  1) business operations 2) budgeting and financial record keeping 3) time management 4) team work and collaboration 5) customer service 6) communication 7) creativity and 8) problem-solving.

 I’ve included a do-it-yourself guidebook below that you can download for free (just click on the image below).  If you are not a do-it yourself kind of person or just don’t have the time, the complete Lemonade Stand activity kit is also available for purchase.  If you would like assistance implementing or customizing to your specific needs you can contact Julie Wood at juliewood@eseedling.com or 608-332-9836.                                                                                                                                   

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Here are some additional ways to implement youth entrepreneurship in your camp:

1) If you are a “Do-it-Yourselfer” or just want to add some fun activities and content to incorporate entrepreneurship into your camp or even create your own youth entrepreneur camp, then the More Than a Lemonade Stand™ book is for you. This book includes all of the activities and curriculum ideas you need to create your own version of a youth entrepreneurship program. An added bonus is the complete planning checklist for starting a program for young entrepreneurs.  More Than a Lemonade Stand™ is available at your favorite online bookstore.

2) The Easiest and Funnest way to teach Basic Business Operations is the Biz Ops Game™! The The Biz Ops Game™ Facilitator Kit is best way to implement this. The kit includes everything you need to use this fun interactive board game to teach business to the kids ages 10 and up (even adults love it). The game is a great way to introduce entrepreneurship and teaches kids how a business runs. The game takes about 60-90 and can be used for groups up to 30 at a time. The materials in the kit are reusable and forms can be copied the kit can used over and over. The kids are divided in small teams of 4 or 5, create their own company, assign jobs to run the company, budget and track sales all while designing, making and selling paper airplanes. The team with biggest profit wins! What a fun way to run a workshop to get the kids at your camp excited about business & entrepreneurship. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR BIZ OPS GAME PAGE.

3) If you want to implement youth entrepreneurship at your camp but don’t have the time or resources to develop the curriculum and don’t want to “reinvent the wheel” then the More Than a Lemonade Stand™ Facilitator Guide and Student Workbook is for you. Included in the curriculum are modules that teach How to Choose a Business Idea, Branding, Marketing & Sales, Financials, Customer Service and Business Operations. Bonus modules include Presentation skills and Business Ethics. Also included is the Lemonade Stand “Apprentice Style” Team activity. They are provided in electronic formats to keep the cost affordable and so that you can easily customize them to fit your needs. The Facilitator Guide is the complete curriculum in MS-Power Point and includes the teaching script in the notes portion to get up and teaching fast. The student workbook is in a PDF format and can be reproduced for the students to use. The complete curriculum contains over 30 hours of programming that you can pick and choose from for your needs. CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR CURRICULUM PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION 

4) If you would like to add youth entrepreneurship but don’t have the staff or time to learn about it. We have half and full day programs we can run at your camp.  Half day session (3 1/2 hours) includes materials and instruction for an introduction to Entrepreneurship and running the Biz Ops Game. Full day session includes the half day session plus business basics and the business model canvas (7 hours). Half day sessions run $350 plus travel; Full day sessions run $700 plus travel. Email juliewood@eseedling.com or call 608-332-9836 to inquire. 

6) Teacher/Facilitator Training; We are working hard on scheduling a live teacher 2-3 day interactive and engaging training session in Madison, WI. We are also working on video training so that you can complete it whenever it is convenient to you. We will update this as soon as details are finalized. If you would like to be contacted regarding the training please sign up for our mailing list or email me at juliewood@eseedling.com

7) Customization for your group.  The curriculum was developed originally for middle school aged kids but has been adapted for kids ages 9 – 16.  If you would like assistance with customizing, contact juliewood@eseedling.com for a free consultation and estimate.


Contact Me:

If you still are feeling hesitant about implementing youth entrepreneurship, I am here to help you. Please contact me at juliewood@eseedling.com and I would be happy to set up a free consultation to answer any questions you might have. I am also available on an hourly or project basis if you need it. And as always, our products are 100% guaranteed so if at any time you feel the products are not meeting your needs we will issue you a refund. (All we ask is that you return the products and let us know why, as we strive to continuously improve our products & services).

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