Cooperative Extension Service
In the News - January 2013
YOUR RECEIPT -- A young participant in the basic entrepreneurs camp for ages 9-13, gives a customer a receipt. This is part of the camp "market" where participants sell their products/services to other campers. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 2012 file photo by Stacey McCullough)
|BUDGETING -- Youth in the advanced Entrepreneur Camp for ages 14-19, work on a budget for their business idea. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 2012 file photo by Stacey McCullough)|
LITTLE ROCK – The dream of starting and running a business isn’t just for adults, and 4-H is teaching Arkansas youth ages 9-19 the skills they need to be entrepreneurs.
Coming up Feb. 22-24 are two weekend-long entrepreneur camps being held at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale. The camp is open to all – participants don’t need to be 4-H members.
“The camps introduce the basic components of business plan development, combined with the experience of bringing their business to life in the market,” said Stacey McCullough, an instructor in Community and Economic Development for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. In addition to personnel from the community and youth development areas, the instruction team behind the camps is drawn from Extension faculty with expertise in financial management.
The Entrepreneur Camp was first offered in 2008, having grown out of a 2007 grant from Bank of America for workforce skills training. In 2010, 4-H began offering an advanced camp so the participants could build in previous years’ experience.
McCullough said she’s amazed at creativity and range of interests the young entrepreneurs have.
“They have developed business plans for cake shops, picture frames, soccer camps, horseback riding lessons, slingshots, pet supply stores, metal works, custom-made drawing and books, clothing stores, even an airline,” she said “One of the big hits last year was a fake mustache business.”
McCullough said the most rewarding part is learning that “some of our kids go out and become entrepreneurs in real life. One opened a booth at a flea market in his hometown. One participant has a lawn mowing business and other ventures, including carpentry. A bench he made and sold is currently used at the 4-H Center.”
The camps begin Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. and end Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. Cost is $145 per person, and includes supplies, lodging, meals, and t-shirt. For more information, contact Stacey McCullough at 501-671-2078, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Shannon Caldwell, 501-821-6884 or email@example.com.
This year’s camps:
And the camps aren’t all business, Caldwell said.
"Campers also get to do things like canoe, have s'mores, enter a talent show, and other fun camp things you might not normally get to do outside of summer,” she said.
To learn more about 4-H contact your county extension office, or visit www.kidsarus.org.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
January 28, 2013
By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Extension Communications Specialist
U of A Division of Agriculture
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