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July - Entrepreneur Camp Update

Posted By Richard C. Warner, Friday, August 06, 2010

With the camp scheduled to start on July 12th we held our last planning meet on July 7th. The attendance numbers stood at 18. We reviewed what would take place and that we would have the students get into groups by the month of their birth. We would also have them use the marshmallow and spaghetti to work as a group to build a building.

I learned that everyone had been given the wrong starting time. Instead of being to 8:00am they were told 9:00am. Alison agreed to call everyone on our list and let them know the correct time. Most were not at home when the calls went out. So some of the parents called back they were again given the wrong starting time. I decided to play it by ear on Monday and be there with things for the group to do at 8:00 and then wait until 9:00 to actually start the program. Thus we would correct the time as the parents came in to sign up the kids. At this time we obtained a medical release and a photo release from the parents.

The program started with getting the kids into groups. It had occurred to me that a solution to the kids into age groups was to also have them use there month and year of birth to get into groups. This worked well with the kids quickly developing was to get into order without talking. We allowed the kids to work at their own pace on their own business ideas. A number had come to the camp with ideas to work on. If after two days they had not come up with an idea of their own we had them work with someone in their group who had an idea. By the end of the first week almost all had developed an idea of their on to work on.

During the camp we would present a different business idea each day. Talk on the subject and try to have an entrepreneur talk on how they used this area when starting their business. We also so used Website, Video and other methods to present the days them.

We recorded most of the camp on video and also took a group picture of the camp. A copy of the group photo plus a certificate of completion was give to each student. Certificates of appreciation were given to everyone who had helped with the camp.

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