The Basic Summer Business Camp is the entry point into the year-round Youth About Business Leadership Development Program. High school students from 9th through 12th grades gain a contextual understanding of business by participating in actual merger and acquisition transaction simulations. Our program exposes students to business in a fun, competitive environment and adds relevance to their education by helping them understand why academic preparation is important.
In our first year "Basic Camp," students attend a one-week overnight camp on a university campus. Youth spend the week engaged in Mergers and Acquisitions transaction simulations, working in teams of seven. During the week, the student teams assume the leadership of their assigned corporation by acting as the executive management committee and begin their due diligence by researching their company's Annual Report.
Each team is taught by local executives who serve as their business consultants. They help the youth understand complex business transactions and provide guidance on the proper techniques to use in negotiating a merger or acquisition. Volunteer executives include: accountants, attorneys, investment bankers, marketing specialists, and IT and HR specialists. Senior-level executives serve as judges and speakers. The competition concludes with the students negotiating and presenting the best deal to a panel of senior-level executives. The top teams from each region advance to "Championship Camp" to compete for the National Championship title.
We seek ambitious students with a desire to excel in all aspects of their lives, and promote racial and gender diversity by recruiting students from all socioeconomic backgrounds: 70% of our participants are low- to moderate-income; 65% are from single parent homes; and 80% are from racially diverse backgrounds.
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The National Championship Camp is by invitation only at Columbia University for the top Basic Camp teams from each region to compete in a more complex Merger & Acquisition case for the national title. The National Champions at both the Basic and Advanced Camp competitions are announced at our annual banquet held in Nashville, TN in November each year. The winning team receives shares of stock in a major corporation.
The Summer Business Camp culminates for all students with the Wall Street Conference for Teens, a week-long trip to visit one of the most fascinating financial districts in America. Students are hosted by our corporate sponsors throughout the course of the week while engaging in group exploration and activities in New York City. It is guaranteed to be a week full of fun and one of a kind opportunities.
After completing Basic Camp, students have the opportunity to participate in Advanced Camp each summer afterwards, ending with the summer after the graduate high school. At Advanced Camp students tackle more complex business transactions such as Joint Ventures and Leveraged Acquisitions. The Advanced Camp Champion is determined by a group of judges (senior level executives) who watch the student teams justify their business analysis and outcome of their case at the end of the week.
2016 Summer Calendar
|Basic Camps (First Year Students)|
|Southeast - Southwest||June 3 - 10, 2016||Emory University|
|Midwest||July 1 - 8, 2016||Columbia University|
|Northeast||July 1 - 8, 2016||Columbia University|
|Advanced Camps (Returning Students)|
|All Regions||July 11 - 15, 2016||Vanderbilt University|
|Wall Street Conference for Teens (By Invitation Only)|
|All Regions||July 18 - 22, 2016||New York, NY|
|Championship Camp (By Invitation Only)|
|All Regions||July 25 - 29, 2016||Columbia University|