June 26-30, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Before and after-care included from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.
Imagine getting your dream job, operating the business, creating product mock-ups and marketing plans, honing your money management skills and running an entire city– as a youth.
Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JACMD) will offer young people ages 9 to 12 the opportunity to do all this and more during the 10th season of JA BizTown Summer Venture.
The camp will take place within the simulated city space of JA BizTown. As one of 24 JA BizTown facilities in the United States, this miniature town comprises City Hall, a bank, radio station, television station, business and insurance office, newspaper office, cafe, distribution center, investment office, science lab and retail shops.
Great for children who have visited JA BizTown and newcomers alike, the Summer Venture offers an in-depth experience running JA BizTown, while focusing on additional activities around work readiness and entrepreneurship. They also will have the opportunity to participate in Fit N Fun fitness activities and challenges in conjunction with JA’s partnership with the Y of Central Maryland.
The week kicks off on Monday with lessons about community leadership and work readiness.
On Tuesday, campers learn financial responsibilities, participate in a job fair and hold the town elections.
Wednesday involves creating business plans, preparing budgets, determining inventory and getting the businesses customer-ready.
Thursday is pay day! Campers carry out their job responsibilities and track their personal spending while shopping after they receive paychecks.
Friday focuses on entrepreneurship. Campers will collaborate to create a new business and/or product and then present their plans in a “Shark Tank” event with judges.
JACMD maintains a 10:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Counselors are traditionally teachers from local school systems. Overseeing the JA BizTown Summer Venture is JA Senior Program Manager, Rebecca Golloub, who has a dual certification in elementary and special education. She also oversees JA BizTown during the school year.
Admission is $250, which includes a camp T-shirt, enrichment materials and items purchased at the JA BizTown shops. For more information, call Rebecca at 410-753-3292.