Banking Camp Aimed at 7th-9th Graders

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While most camps are sports oriented, De La Salle Collegiate High School’s 2015 Summer Camp lineup includes a “Banking Camp” for boys and girls entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade this fall. The Banking Camp  concentrates on financial literacy.

Christian Financial Credit Union (CFCU), which is starting its 6th school year of partnership with De La Salle for the CFCU branch inside of DLS, is sponsoring and participating in the camp, which runs July 27 – 30, from 1 – 4:30 p.m. each day.

The camp’s leaders are Mrs. Aarran Meier, the DLS CFCU Branch Administrator, and Mr. Dennis Koch, the DLS Banking class teacher. .

Mr. Bill Burkhardt, DLS Admissions Director, said, “This camp is a great example of our commitment to expand our offerings for both current and prospective families. Having CFCU as a partner is an added bonus because the staff will be able to lend real world experiences to the camp participants.”

Mrs. Meier and Mr. Koch are developing the camp, along with camp “counselors” Kevin Jones, Mike Smigiel, and Jon Miko. Kevin is entering his senior year at DLS, while Mike and Jon are recent graduates. All three were part of the CFCU program at DLS this past year.

Kevin and his CFCU/Banking classmates have created various activities to improve the campers’ understanding of banking and the financial world in an easy and fun way. Mr. Koch notes that many of the students have younger brothers and sisters. “Having the input and ideas from the current Banking students has made a difference,” he said.

Time will be devoted to teaching campers the practical aspects of finance in everyday life, such as buying groceries, keeping a checkbook, and investing in a savings account.

“I’m enjoying working on developing various fun activities that are also educational to get kids involved in the financial world,” said Kevin. “The Banking class this year opened my eyes to what the real world and the business world is like.”

Kevin trained with CFCU in 2014, and will again work this summer at a CFCU branch. He’s looking forward to the new Business and Management class at DLS.

Mr. Koch and Mrs. Meier are very enthusiastic about the camp. “I’m very excited to be a part of this unique camp,” said Mrs. Meier. “The skills the students learn are practical and important skills they will need no matter what career path they choose in life.”

Mr. Koch echoes these feelings. “I’m excited to be part of a camp to encourage students’ interest in business and to develop some financial literacy. We’re going to have a lot of fun activities, competitions, and prizes to appeal to this particular age group.”

The Banking Camp is one of several camp offerings at DLS this summer, including the highly popular Robotics and Math Camps.

“We are proud of our innovative approach to summer camps,” said DLS Principal Mr. Patrick Adams. “This experience will provide real world tools for each young person attending.”

Christine Quitter, Business Development Manager for CFCU, said, “CFCU is thrilled to sponsor and participate in DLS’s Banking Camp this summer. It is important for young men and women to grasp basic financial literacy skills, and there is no better way than by example and practice. We are grateful for the partnership between DLS and Christian Financial Credit Union.”

To register for the Banking Camp, which is $100, visit the De La Salle website at

CFCU Banking Camp Planning

Dennis Koch, Aarran Meier, and Kevin Jones.

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