One thing about being an economics major : it didn’t really help me plan my finances well straight after university. I learned after making many mistakes, through trial and error because what was written in those books did not translate well when it came to real life. No one teaches you that, after graduation, most of us get thrown into the world of finance and we just don’t know much about what the bankers know! At the centre, I made it a point to somehow incorporate teaching kids about the world of money, in a fun yet educational way. Our students LOVE it and always ask: when can I do my job? So, we did it for camp! CampZone incorporates a Kids Mini-Economy game and its even better because we get all day with the kids, rather than only after school. Each campers at CampZone gets a ‘job’. For example: secretary and take attendance, caretaker and make sure everyone keeps their area clean or Mini-Economy leader to make sure everyone is doing their job (to name a few). At the end of the session, campers get to cash in their cheques for ‘money’ and spend it on fun toys at our CampZone Store! Everyone gets a ledger and balances debits and credits. It’s a blast for the kids and the instructors! Art is done everyday and my favourite craft was when we decorated wooden frames with clear beads and orange wood chips. They looked so nice!
Camp is the best time of the year for me. I feel happiest working with my students (who turn into campers) because there is nothing in the way. I feel we get to share more time, talk more about just ‘how my day is going’ and get to open up more during Emotional Intelligence circle around topics such as: what is honesty,kindness, patience and integrity all about? I see our old campers making friend with new campers and everyone just really enjoying themselves in the sunshine or snow! It’s always so great going home at the end of the day knowing that CampZone perhaps had something to do with creating a great childhood memory.
More information and online registration for March Break CampZone Toronto found here: www.goldengooselearning.com/camps
More information on our Mini-Economy, After School Enrichment program and Emotional Intelligence program here: www.goldengooselearning.com