Industry A members showing off their appreciation of Business Horizons.
Summer has rolled in, boats are pulled out of storage, vacations are anticipated. While many students fill their summers with jobs, sports and hanging out with friends, others squeeze summer camp into their schedules.
Summer camp is often portrayed as multiple cabins lined up by a lake crowded with canoes and paddles. The camps advertise themselves as a fun community where teens have the chance to grow and become better people. They also feature wide-grinning kids “enjoying” their time at camp.
In reality, those teens were probably forced to attend in order to give their parents a break. At Business Horizons, participants chose to give the week-long camp a whirl to help them better prepare for the future.
Before arriving, BH campers may have expected a few stereotypes, as summer camps generally do. Smita Singhal, Johnston, wasn’t sure what to expect beforehand, as her parents signed her up.
“I think it definitely opened my eyes, enhanced what I already knew and helped me put it into perspective and use,” Singhal said
As teens go through high school, their viewpoint on camps change as they change. At the beginning of high school, students have a general idea what they want to do with their life, but haven’t reached the point where they are set on their goal. Innovative summer camps, such as Business Horizons, gives high schoolers a chance to explore their interests and reach that point of setting an ultimate goal.
Each year, ambassadors are chosen from the previous year to not only help get each student to participate, but also to represent how Business Horizons can impact their future and themselves. Although they may seem confident on stage, they were in the students’ shoes last year. Ambassador Gil Garcia wasn’t sure what to expect, as he’d never been to a business camp.
“Now that I have a year under my belt, I knew it was going to be fun the second time,” Garcia said, “Last year before I came, I wasn’t too sure exactly what it had to offer, and now that I’ve been to BH once, and now a second time, it’s kind of reinforced my views on business.”
Business Horizons hasn’t only helped Garcia decide what he wants to major in college, but has helped him make lifelong friends who are also going to the University of Iowa.
“This program is just a really good way to network with people,” said Garcia.
Overall, the camp has given Garcia a clearer sense about business and what it entails. It really focuses on helping the students understand all of the aspects of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and ways they can reach their goal, regardless of their career choice.
Taylor Roth, Dubuque, plans on graduating her junior year (currently a sophomore) and will go on to get her RN degree. By attending Business Horizons, she was able to learn more about business and the different types of jobs in the business industry.
“The camp has also helped me come out of my comfort zone a little bit,” Roth said.
Business Horizons is not a stereotypical summer camp; it’s all about improvement and impactful learning. Students come away with information to use in and out of school to better themselves. The only stereotype found here are the matching shirts, but those are only a one day use.
By Chloé Newbury