Overcoming Obstacles: CIS Success Stories July 2011

July 27, 2011

Travel with us to Stokes County this month as our July "Overcoming Obstacles" video highlights one of the strongest summer programs offered to CIS students from across the state: Camp Challenge. Camp Challenge, put on by the North Carolina Bankers Association, is a summer camp experience for high-achieving, low-resource students who are entering the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This summer, CISNC was granted two weeks at Camp Challenge with 100 students attending each week. Camp Challenge kids learn age-appropriate personal finance skills, including recognizing the difference between wants and needs, how to operate checking and savings accounts and find alternatives to spending. While at Camp, students explore public speaking, entrepreneurship, personal development, citizenship responsibilities, conflict resolution and business concepts. Campers also enjoy traditional summer camp activities such as horseback riding, swimming and hiking. Watch the video below and read Justin Cook's blog to learn more!

"I can't thank you enough for all you do to make Camp Challenge available to our kids. It was as though I had a different group of kids on the bus going home to Mitchell County than I had coming to Camp Challenge. From the moment I picked them up on Friday they were full of enthusiasm, plans and goals and gratitude. None of them would have had a camp or enrichment experience this summer without Camp Challenge. You've given us something to build on with these kids in the school year ahead. I believe they will look back on Camp Challenge as a life-changing experience. Thank you for Camp Challenge." —Lori Gilcrist, Executive Director, Communities in Schools of Mitchell County

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