The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce recently donated $1,000 to enable high school students to attend the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Camp at YMCA Camp Horseshoe near Leadmine in June.
The camp attracts students from throughout West Virginia.
Among the activities was the annual REAL Marketplace Simulation directed by Susan Rice from the Academy of Careers & Technology in Beckley. For the project, students were divided into teams of eight, which established and named a new mall location along the Horseshoe River, prepared business cards, billboards, radio, television and newspaper advertising, rented space at the mall, paid rent, developed a budget, hired employees and constructed and furnished a store.
Sam Santilli, right, presents a $1,000 gift on behalf of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce to David Cooper, director of YMCA Camp Horseshoe and Free Enterprise Camp. The funds helped high school students attend the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Camp at YMCA Camp Horseshoe near Leadmine.
The emphasis was on cooperation and team building as five teams of students set up STIL-Z, an accessory store selling trendy shoes and teen fashions; "E", a video-game outlet offering electronics and technology; The Upgrade Arcade, which specialized in formulating new video games from old, and creating old games from new; Critter Care, a non-profit animal rescue and pet store with an on-site veterinarian' and Wild Outdoors Marketing Inc., stocking outdoor clothing and equipment, camping, hunting and fishing supplies, and in-door recreational sporting activities including rock climbing and one-site fish ponds.
Sam Santilli, owner of Sam Santilli Photography and a member of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, attended the camp as a judge in the comprehensive all-day marketing game. Other judges included Bill Smith, director of the Tucker County Chamber of Commerce; Linda Smith, a member of the West Virginia University faculty; Don Smith, director of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce; Lowell Moore, a Tucker County commissioner and Parsons businessman; and Debbie Stevens, owner of Stevens Realty in Parsons.
The Free Enterprise Camp is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and supported by local chambers, businesses and corporations throughout the state.