Dollars & Sense Camp

2020 Camp

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Dollars & Sense Camp will be offered virtually.

  • 11th-12th grade: August 10-14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 8th-10th grade: August 17-21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The economic impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that financial literacy and preparedness are key to being able to achieve your financial goals and succeed during financial downturns. The Dollars & Sense Camp will provide your student with basic financial knowledge as well as explaining how to invest for the long-term. The camp will be presented in a fun and engaging virtual format with a variety of financial professionals leading games and informational modules. 

Does your student love Monopoly? The Game of Life? This camp is designed to help students plan for their future.

Students will:

  • Explore career pathways.
  • Plan for post-secondary education and/or training.
  • Learn about the economy and how it works.
  • Learn about budgeting, saving and investing.
  • Learn about insurance and risk management.
  • Compete in virtual investing, budget and other personal finance games.
  • Create a long-range career and financial plan.
  • Meet business professionals and interact with real-world work environments.

The ultimate goal is to have your student understand and be able to apply basic personal finance concepts such as:

  • Budgeting and expenditure monitoring.
  • Paying for college.
  • Investing in retirement.
  • Understanding banking services.
  • Insurance and risk management, and more.

Additional elements are taught by finance experts in the Department of Finance and Commercial Law here at Western Michigan University. The online modules will be discussion-based and fun! All classes will be taught virtually, utilizing a variety of engaging online tools including a variety of games and other engaging activities to help your student learn firsthand about the world of money. Participants will have the opportunity to make virtual presentations to financial professionals demonstrating the knowledge they have learned in camp. There will be prizes and swag for campers who attend all sessions.

Successful business people understand and can apply financial principals that are taught in the camp. The basis of these financial principles can help non-business people be successful in their personal financial lives too. Students can get a glimpse in the world of finance and discover how they can harness the power to help themselves succeed in a business career, or even in their own personal lives as they think about things like their personal budget and investing.


  • Project 1: Students will design a life cycle financial plan, laying out where they want to be in terms of their personal finances and personal life goals. Answering the question "How will I get there, from today through retirement?"
  • Project 2: There will be an incentivized game the students will acquire at the beginning of camp and apply throughout the rest of their time there.


  • 11th-12th grade: August 10-14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 8th-10th grade: August 17-21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Camp Cost: $99

Attendees should plan to attend all five days in order to maximize their experience and contribute to the team projects. Registration is open until July 15, 2020.

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Two projects—one unforgettable week