Financial literacy the focus of Camp Millionaire

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Line dance lessons, budgeting and business plans—it’s all part of the first Camp Millionaire hosted by Bowling Green State University.

From June 20-24, dozens of eighth graders from around the state will be on campus to learn about financial literacy topics from decision making, banking and saving, to budgeting, investing, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

BGSU partnered with Hannah’s Socks, a national organization based in Perrysburg, for the event.  Ten-year-old Hannah Turner will speaker to campers at 2:30 p.m. June 20 in 101A Olscamp Hall. As part of the camp, participants will develop a business plan for the charity and be asked to collect socks once they return to their school in the fall.

BGSU Dance Marathon “experts” will teach campers line dances at 3 p.m. each day outside Olscamp.  Campers will be invited to dance at Dance Marathon in spring 2012 and see how the organization raises thousands of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network.

On June 23, former BGSU trustee and alumnus Robert Sebo will attend lunch with the campers. He’ll speak to them about his experiences at 1 p.m. in 101A Olscamp.

Young entrepreneurs from the area, including David Westmeyer of Youth Leadership Toledo and Jonathon Bush of Not Just Cookies, are scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m. June 22 and June 24 respectively.

As part of the budgeting lesson, PNC Bank will give each camper a $50 debit card at the start of the week for meals and snacks.  Each student is responsible for managing his or her money for the duration of camp.

The curriculum of Camp Millionaire includes the financial literacy component for the middle/junior high school as mandated by the state.

Camp Millionaire is sponsored by the BGSU College of Business Administration and the Office of Admissions. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Camp Millionaire website.

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(Posted June 14, 2011 )