BEP Summer Business Camp Presented by State Farm will be July 16 – 27 from 8 a.m. – 3: p.m. on the weekdays. Applications for this summer’s BEP Summer Business Camp Presented by State Farm will be accepted January 25 – March 2. Application documents will be made available on January 25th.
Rutherford County Students who attend this two-week, tuition-free summer day camp sponsored by State Farm will have the benefit of meeting and working with
volunteers from our business community. The camp provides students with the opportunity to explore business as a career option and to understand how the world of business works. BEP Summer Business Camp presented by State Farm enables students to “connect the dots” between business concepts and how they are applied in actual situations and careers, helping students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will assist them throughout their lives.
During camp, students are placed into teams; each team then creates a “business” for the competition. Each team must choose someone to fulfill the following roles: CEO, CFO, Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Sales, and Vice President of Human Resources.
Volunteers who serve in similar roles in our business community assist students in developing their business ideas, writing business plans, developing marketing strategies and financial plans, and creating PowerPoint presentations of their work for the final competition. On the final day of the camp, teams present their business plans to a panel of volunteer judges, who will then decide whether to “fund” the businesses. Although no actual money is awarded for the students’ hypothetical businesses, all members of the winning team receive laptops as their prizes.
Regardless of whether the students receive the prize for having the best business plan, the robust learning experiences they gain through the camp open their eyes to the world of business and enable them to attain knowledge and skills that many adults do not possess. They have the distinct advantage of understanding financial statements and basic accounting, marketing strategy, creative and critical thinking, and public speaking.
BEP Summer Business Camp participants enter high school with the ability to
- Work in groups
- Understand and fulfill work responsibilities
- Develop positive work habits and behaviors
- Understand the basics of the business world
- Think creatively and critically to solve problems
- Interact with successful adult leaders
- Speak to large groups
- “Think on their feet” as they support and defend their plans to competition judges
All of these skills are in high demand from today’s employers, and participants will rank far ahead of their peers who have not had the advantage of attending BEP Summer Business Camp. Sponsorships from BEP supporters enable BEP to offer summer business camp at no charge to any student, which allows students to attend camp regardless of their families’ resources. Students who will be going into seventh or eighth grade in the fall of 2016 are eligible to apply for the camp.