Money Camp for Kids - Four Camps in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Kids and Youth Have Fun Learning Smart Money Habits

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In the summer of 2002, 39 kids attended the first ever Money Camp for Kids and had a great time learning how money works. This summer The Money Camp™ for Kids, is in Canada and Kidz Make Cents will host four camps in Edmonton at the Grant MacEwan College Downtown Campus. Co-founders of the Money Camp, Elisabeth Donati and Lawrence Stein created The Money Camp for Kids in Santa Barbara in 2001 to teach the sensitive, yet critical, topic of money in a fun, camp-like setting.

Money Camp teachers emphasize basic and immediately useful money management principles suitable for junior high and high school education levels. Students, ages 10 to 17, explore cultural beliefs about money and learn that to grow up financially independent, they must think differently about money. They learn about different types of bank accounts, how to prepare budgets, create personal financial statements and how to start a saving/investment program. They also explore the concept of wants versus needs and how to create income streams and manage expenses.

“As children, most of us are taught not to talk about money. By creating a fun-filled learning environment, we can begin to remove some of the taboos that surround this important life skill.” says Ms. Donati.

Active Curriculum

The Camp schedule includes four days of classroom instruction with lively interactive participation games and activities, followed by a Friday field trip to local businesses including a stock brokerage firm, real estate firm, bank and retail store. During the field trip, students have the opportunity to see in person how businesses operate and ask professionals questions relating the principles they have learned in Camp.

Andrew Adams mother, Denice, called Donati the day following the end of camp and said, “I don’t what you told my son, but he’s got his three piggy banks set up and money in them and is making plans for his investment piggy already. Thank you so much.” Andrew attends Cold Springs School in Santa Barbara.

About Money Camp

Money Camps for Kids teaches young people, ages 10 through 18, ‘how money works’. The curriculum focuses on the principles behind money management such as paying yourself first, the advantages of lifelong saving and investing, managing risk, how money buys goods and services and developing a philanthropic lifestyle. The Money Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)c organization, and the Money Camp for Kids is being presented by Kidz Make Cents Inc.. Kidz Make Cents is an Edmonton based organization that was founded by Kim Deep, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), to offer fun and interactive financial literacy programs and resources to parents for kids aged 3 to 17. For more information contact Kim Deep, CMA at 780-452-6823 or visit http://www.kidzmakecents.com.

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