The youth camp, held at Camp Killoqua in Stanwood, concluded late August with 40 campers from the Pacific Northwest. Based on the Bite of Reality curriculum from Northwest Credit Union Foundation, campers simulated financial profiles with different occupation, income, family profile, debt and student loans in order to learn about the benefits and consequences of day-to-day budgeting, as well as important financial decisions adults make.
“The kids were excited to explore real-world, adult scenarios,” said Jennifer Reed, vice president of public relations at Sound Credit Union. “We were thankful for the opportunity to partner with FEMA in order to give these kids hands-on practice with money management, expense tracking, budgeting, saving and financial problem solving.”
In addition to the financial literacy training, campers also learned about first aid, mental health, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), firefighting, cribbing, and leveraging, on top of camp activities like archery, rock climbing, and kayaking.
Sound Credit Union, which owns 24 branches in the Puget Sound area, offers the Bite of Reality workshop to local schools and community organizations frequently.