Another successful year for Rotary Camp Enterprise
From May 1-3, 2018, 46 lucky high school students, from grades 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity, at no cost, to attend a 3-day immersive camp at the University of Waterloo focused on business and entrepreneurship.  Rotary Camp Enterprise is a unique cooperative effort of Rotary Clubs in the ‘Golden Triangle’ region surrounding Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo and Fergus in Rotary District 7080.  The program, sponsored by 11 Rotary Clubs across the region, costs approximately $15,000 and is paid fully by Rotary.
The Rotary Club of Guelph sent three students to Camp Enterprise 2018.  Our club representative on the inter-club committee was Tracey McGrath. 
Students who applied and were selected to attend the camp participated in a variety of collaborative activities, including a tour of the Velocity innovation facility hosted by the University of Waterloo.  Attendees get a taste for university life, staying in the Ron Eydt Village on campus.  They learn business skills through interactive presentations from guest speakers in all areas of business such as marketing, networking and social entrepreneurship. 
Students put their knowledge into practice through a business enterprise planning exercise, where participants work together in teams to build a plan for a new venture, culminating in a pitch presentation at the end of the camp.  Participants also develop teamwork and leadership skills and learn about the value of volunteering and Rotary’s motto:  ‘Service Above Self.’ 
Beyond the opportunity to attend the camp, students have the chance to win the Camp Enterprise Leadership Award of $500 that can be used towards education or community leadership initiatives. This year, Victoria Perak, a grade 11 student from Resurrection High School in Kitchener, was the recipient of the award.  Debbie Ansong, a grade 12 student from St. Benedicts in Cambridge, Zach Yundt, a grade 12 student from Our Lady of Lourdes in Guelph and Jesse Joseph, a grade 11 student from Monsignor Doyle in Cambridge who were also recognized with University of Waterloo spirit wear.  Students were chosen based on their initiative, leadership and inclusive behavior during the camp, as well as their volunteer contributions in the community. 
Rotary Camp Enterprise is grateful to the business leaders in our community that participated this year.  Special thanks to Brent Barr, Crista Renner, Toni Veiledal, Craig Haney Patsy Marshall and John Rochetta for sharing their stories and teaching valuable business concepts.  
To learn more about the program and how to get involved with Rotary Camp Enterprise, visit or on Facebook, at Rotary Camp Enterprise – Golden Triangle. 
News Release May 25, 2018 by Camp Enterprise Chair, Donna Graham, Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium