Did you love camp when you were a kid? (I sure did!).
I loved staying in a tent or cabin, slurping slushies, singing fun songs, making s’mores around the campfire and learning all kinds of new things by experiencing them first hand. I loved it so much I became a 4-H camp counselor when I was a teen and then spent many hours volunteering at Scout Camps as an adult. Now, I am so fortunate that I get to direct and teach youth entrepreneur camps each summer.
Camps are a great way for kids to experience and learn things they may not have the opportunity to in school.
Entrepreneurship is a prime example of this. The great thing about an entrepreneurship camp is that kids not only learn about business; they get to learn about their own passions and talents and how they can make a difference in the world. Many kids who don’t do well sitting at a desk all day, thrive in a camp environment. It increases their self-confidence and they actually get excited about learning.
In the More Than a Lemonade Stand Youth Entrepreneur Camps kids come up with a business idea that they work on all week and can actually implement once they leave the camp. They learn business operations, teamwork and collaboration by playing the Biz Ops Game™, they run a real lemonade stand business to raise funds for the camp scholarship fund and they give business presentations. The week is packed with experiential learning activities in a fun environment.
Many kids say that “it was so fun that I didn’t even feel like I was learning”.
This excerpt from the American Camp Association Website expresses the benefits of camp:
At camp, when children make new friends, explore the world around them, and learn that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”, magic happens. In an environment created just for them, children learn real life skills, develop self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence and community. Whether children are playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, or becoming part of a camp family, they are creating memories that will last a lifetime – See more at: http://www.acacamps.org/campers-families/because-camp#sthash.44KAY3o4.dpuf
It’s never too early to starting looking for camps in your area (I’m amazed that many camps are nearly full by May 1st).
There are camps of every subject possible so there is bound to be something that your kids are interested in. (The American Camp Association website is one place you can check for camps in your area www.acacamps.org).
What I really like about Youth Entrepreneur Camps is that the camper chooses their own business idea based on their unique strengths, interests and talents so it fits everyone!
To Check out the More Than a Lemonade Stand Youth Entrepreneur Camps in Madison, WI this summer CLICK HERE.
Don’t have a Youth Entrepreneur Camp in your area – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get one going!