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LITTLE ROCK – A camp that teaches youths ages 9-19 the basics of starting a business
gets a new dimension this year as the young entrepreneurs use a 3-D printer to create
“The camps give our youth the experience of bringing a business to life,” said Stacey
McCullough, assistant director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s
Public Policy Center. “Having the 3-D printer will allow them to bring their theoretical
products into reality.”
The camp will be held Feb. 21-23 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale,
with an instruction team drawn from Cooperative Extension Service faculty with expertise
in financial management.
In addition to the 3-D printer, other new features for this year’s camp:
This year’s camps:
The Entrepreneur Camp was first offered in 2008, having grown out of a 2007 grant
from Bank of America for workforce skills training. In 2010, 4-H began offering an
advanced camp so the participants could build in previous years’ experience.
“Past participants have developed business plans for cake shops, horseback riding
lessons, slingshots, pet supply stores, metal works, custom-made drawing and books,
clothing stores, even an airline,” she said “One of the big hits in 2012 was a fake
McCullough said the most rewarding part is learning that “some of our kids go out
and become entrepreneurs in real life.”
The camps begin Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. and end Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. Cost
is $145 per person, and includes supplies, lodging, meals, and t-shirt. For more information,
contact Stacey McCullough at 501-671-2078, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Shannon Caldwell,
501-821-6884 or email@example.com.
"Campers also get to do things like canoe, have s'mores, enter a talent show, and
other fun camp things you might not normally get to do outside of summer,” Caldwell
To learn more about 4-H contact your county extension office, or visit the 4-H website.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race,
color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
February 5, 2014
By Mary HightowerThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerExtension Communications SpecialistU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org