CIS Students are up to the “Challenge”

Latoya hangs out at the waterfall during Camp Challenge

A group of Southern Middle School students had an opportunity to experience a week at Camp Challenge this summer. Camp Challenge is sponsored by the North Carolina Bankers Association and is a summer camp experience for high achieving students who are entering the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

Students selected are members of the Communities In Schools of Moore County COMPASS Project, an in school mentoring program at SMS. This summer, CIS North Carolina was granted two weeks at Camp Challenge and COMPASS students attended for Week 1 from July 18th-22nd.

Camp Challenge focuses on financial literacy while also providing a traditional camp experience. Kids learn age-appropriate personal finance skills, including recognizing the difference between needs and wants, 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. Students also enjoy canoeing, zip-lining, horseback riding, archery, swimming and other activities during their stay.

CIS Moore County grants the $10 camp registration fee which is applied to the campersb canteen fund for purchase of snacks and beverages while at camp.B Students are also transported to and from camp by bus, accompanied by CIS staff. The cost to attend Camp Challenge would normally exceed $300 per camper, but thanks to generous donations from businesses and individuals, the NC Bankers Association is able to register students at no cost to their families.

Students who attended Camp Challenge from COMPASS at Southern Middle were Reann Baker, Kyla Fleet, Lanadia Gaddy, Nick Hinson, Amber Jenkins, Thomas Pugsley, Shannon Ragan, Destinee Robinson, Adara Graham, Jabrea Holmes, JonQuelle Williams, Sophie Kimrey, Austin Boehning, Chris Owens, LaToya Collins and Kyla Jones.