After Moving to an Updated Location, Camp Challenge Will Embark on 21st Year

June 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information Contact:
Brandon Wright,
Director of Communications
brandon@ncbankers.org

Aerial Photograph_Camp WeaverRALEIGH, N.C. – The first session of Camp Challenge, a financial literacy camp for high-achieving, at-risk middle school students from across North Carolina, sponsored by YOUR North Carolina banks, begins June 15, at Y Camp Weaver in Greensboro.

“We’re very lucky in North Carolina that our banks realize the importance of teaching financial responsibility to children,” said Thad Woodard, President & CEO, North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA). “Children are banks’ future customers and educating them about essential life skills, including the responsible handling of personal finance, makes good business sense.”

“Camp Challenge provides a unique overnight camping opportunity for middle school students who would not otherwise be able to afford it. These children are not only riding horses and mastering archery skills, they are also acquiring tools they will use the rest of their lives,” said Jan Dillon, Director of Camp Challenge for the NCBA. “The summer camp, which is offered at no cost and targets children from low- to moderate-income families, celebrates its 21st summer in 2014. The project is sponsored by the state’s many banks, both large and small.”

This summer, Camp Challenge campers will use EverFi’s Vault program, sponsored by BB&T, which employs the latest technology and digital learning methods in teaching students about money management and financial responsibility. Campers will learn more than facts and formulas. They will learn how to think actively and creatively, particularly about money, in a modern, digital world. Guest speakers will interact with campers on topics such as entrepreneurship and citizenship, topics that engage young people and encourage them to apply their knowledge and skills at all ages.

The North Carolina Center for Financial Literacy is working to implement these same financial education principles throughout North Carolina for all ages. Working closely with public and private partners, the NCCFL encourages active, experiential learning in North Carolina public schools as well as in adult financial education. The NCCFL is forming a unified voice on these issues, and Camp Challenge is a great example of the impact North Carolina businesses can have when working together.For more information on Camp Challenge, visit www.ncba.com and click on Community Service.

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The North Carolina Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions that best represent the interests of our rapidly changing state. The state’s banks have provided support to their communities since 1805. Look for a current listing at www.ncba.com.