27 Money Camps for Kids (Plus a DIY Financial Literacy Camp)

This is an Ultimate list of Money Camps for Kids, categorized by Financial Literacy camps, Investment Camps, and Kid Business Camps.

group of kids and teens working on project, text overlay "27 money summer camps for kids"Can I just say how much I love the rise of summer money camps for kids?

I had no idea how many there were popping up around the U.S. until I started to do the research for this article.

Summer money camps for kids can be an awesome way to take your child’s basic money understanding – or advanced (see the section on investment camps for kids) – and really ratchet that up a notch.

It’s an intensive 4 to 10-day experience where your child can focus on the subject of money, or a niche within money like entrepreneurship or understanding the stock market, and become more proficient in it.

I’ve broken these money camps down into three different categories:

  • Entrepreneurship/kid business camps
  • Investment camps for kids
  • Financial literacy camps for kids

I also included any financial aid and grant opportunities under each summer camp, in case you are seeking financial assistance (let’s be real – summer camps can be expensive!).

Financial Literacy Camps for Kids

You’ll find money camps in this category that focus on learning basic financial literacy skills, like understanding the difference between needs and wants, how to save money, how to not spend all your money, etc.

#1: Camp iCare

Ages: 6-12 years
Length of Camps
: 4 days (Monday – Thursday)
Locations: Auburn, Alabama

Put on by the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, this camp focuses on teaching kids core financial literacy concepts so that they can grow up to be “money smart while helping others”.

The lessons, field trips, and hands-on experiences focus on:

  • Understanding wants vs. needs
  • Leadership skills
  • Giving to others (time, talent, treasure, and trust)

I love how they have a core focus on helping others and charitable giving!

#2: Wealthy Habits Summer Camp

Ages: 11-19 years
Length of Camps
: 1 week (Monday – Friday)
Locations: Georgia

Wealthy Habits Summer Camp offers two camp tracks, depending on the age of your child.

  • Real Money, Real Life (Ages 11-14): They cover things like earning income/taxes, banking/saving/compound interest, credit/debt/budgeting, investing like Warren Buffett, and entrepreneurship.
  • Move Out, and Stay Out (Ages 14-19): Income/taxes, networking/resume-building/interviewing, credit/managing debt/identity theft, investing/banking/insurance, and life after high school.

Subjects are taught using a variety of activities.

Honestly, these guys smash a lot into 5 days – so I think these are great overviews of lots of money topics, and as with any of the money camps you choose, it’s up to you to continue engaging your child in these subjects after they get home.

#3: Money Camp

Ages: Grades 4-6, and Grades 7-8
Length of Camps
: 1 week (Monday – Friday)
Locations: Alaska

University of Alaska (Fairbanks) goes over the basics in their money camp:

  • Earning
  • Spending
  • Saving
  • Money management.

Scholarships are available, and you can apply here.

#4: Money Dawgs

Ages: 11-14 years
Length of Camps
: 1 week (Monday – Friday)
Locations: Athens, GA

This money camp is designed for students with no (or little) experience with money, and includes the following:

  • Field trips to financial institutions and a bank search in downtown Athens
  • Bargain-hunting in stores
  • Exploring careers in personal finance and financial industry
  • Personal financial decision-making
  • Supply and demand
  • Budgets

Overnight is available.

Investment Camps for Kids – Finance Camps for High School Students (and Younger)

One of the requests I get most often from parents is help with teaching their child to invest money. So, I wanted to dedicate an entire section in this money camps list just to investment camps for kids.

You’ll find money camps focused on teaching your child how to build wealth, how to use the stock market, and how to responsibly invest their money so that it will grow.

Note that this is an advanced money topic for kids, and several of these investment camps require that your child have some prerequisite learning.

#1: FICACAMPS™ Young Investors Wall Street Summer Camps

Ages: 8-19 years
Length of Camps
: 1-5 Weeks
Locations: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Seattle WA; Washington D.C.

The Future Investor Clubs of America, Inc. has created a summer camps designed to “explore business, career and investment opportunities”.

Their training is organized as follows:

  1. Level One, Basic Financial Intelligence Training (BFIT)
  2. Level Two, Advanced Financial Intelligence Training (AFIT)
  3. Level Three, Executive Financial Intelligence Training (EFIT)
  4. Level Four, Leadership Financial Intelligence Training (LFIT)
  5. Level Five, International Financial Intelligence Training (IFIT)

#2: Camp Millionaire

Ages: 10+ years
Length of Camps
: 2-5 days (varies by location)
Locations: Santa Barbara, CA; Edmonds, WA; Atlanta, GA

Creative Wealth International offers a summer camp geared towards teaching kids how to save, how to invest, and how to build wealth.

Find their summer schedule here.

Pssst: you can apply for a summer camp grant here if the cost will prohibit your kid from attending.

#3: The Stock Market Summer Camp

Ages: entering grades 9 or 10 in the Fall
Length of Camps
: 2 weeks
Locations: New York City, NY

Your child can learn advanced stock marketing tidbits from an economic AND a personal-life perspective, including:

  • Factors that make a market bust and boom
  • Factors that determine company stock prices
  • Analyzing a company’s annual report

Also, they’ll participate in a stock market simulation game as part of the course’s “lab” component.

Your child will need to bring a laptop in order to participate, fyi.

#4: Wall Street 101

Ages: entering junior and senior high schoolers
Length of Camps
: 1 week (Monday through Friday)
Locations: Waltham, MA

Bentley University’s Hughey Center for Financial Services offers an investment camp for kids that teaches all about global financial markets. They host it in their Trading Room, where students learn through doing.

Topics and activities taught by senior level executives in the financial services industry include:

  • Simulated trading exercises
  • Create a portfolio of equity securities
  • Industry analyses
  • Formal presentation to explain portfolio choices and a detailed financial analysis of a company
  • Bonus: there are opportunities to “help you navigate the college application process”

As prep work, they recommend your child watches “The Inside Job”, (narrated by Matt Damon).

#5: Camp CashEd

Ages: 10-14 years
Length of Camps
: 3 days
Locations: Meridian, Idaho

Offered in partnership with CapEd Credit Union, CashEd cover the following topics:

  • Building long-term wealth
  • Investing in “human capital”
  • Credit and risk
  • Return on investment
  • Stocks, bonds, and stock market fundamentals

#6: Maverick Investment Camp

Ages: entering grades 11-12
Length of Camps
: 3 days
Locations: Omaha, Nebraska

This camp program is intended for teens who are prospective students to the University of Nebraska and who want to learn about finance and investing. In fact, students who attend get a $1,000 college tuition scholarship if they enter the University’s College of Business Administration!

Camp topics and activities include:

  • Relationship between Federal Reserve actions and equity markets
  • How to identify undervalued investments
  • Participate in a portfolio simulation
  • Tour a local Fortune 500 company

#7: Financial Literacy Camp

Ages: high school students
Length of Camps
: 4 weeks (Monday – Friday)
Locations: Newark, New Jersey

This camp is geared towards teaching your child about financial investments, economics, and financial management.

Your high schooler will learn:

  • What financial institutions offer people
  • How to diversify
  • Fundamentals of interest rates
  • Structure of stock and bond markets
  • How money and capital markets fuel business growth

Students will also work in teams to do a financial analysis of a Fortune 500 company.

Field trips include an overnight stay at Princeton Blairstown Center in Hardwick, NJ, and a visit to Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

Kids Business Camps – Kids Economics Camps

If you want your child to learn how to create a business, then you might want to sign them up for a kid business camp.

#1: Moolah U’s Kid Business Camp

Ages: 8-18 years
Length of Camps
: 1 week (Monday through Friday)
Locations: Austin, TX

The cool thing about Moolah U’s Kid Business Camp is your child will work on creating an ACTUAL business, bring it live, AND they get to keep any money made from it.

Austin business leaders help with the teaching and act as mentors, and they also are judges for the Barracuda Tank™ (this camp’s version of the TV show Shark Tank).

Here’s a kid pitch from 2018’s Kid Business Camp:

#2: Young American’s Financial Summer Camp

Ages: completed 2nd – 8th grade
Length of Camps
: 1 week (Monday through Friday)
Locations: Colorado

The four types of money summer camps offered are:

  1. Young AmeriTowne camps
  2. International Towne camps
  3. YouthBiz entrepreneurial camps
  4. Spark Change philanthropy camps

Check back, as it looks like mini money camps are offered at different times throughout the year. Another opportunity to get your child entrepreneur involved is having them enter the YouthBiz competition (first prize is $5,000!).

#3: Junior Achievement BizTown Summer Camp

Ages: 10-14 years
Length of Camps
: 1 week
Locations: Locations Across U.S.

Junior Achievement offers BIzTown Summer Camps to expose kids to business, entrepreneurship, and financial planning.

The best way to find a camp is the look at JA locations near you, then click on the website and see what’s offered (unfortunately there’s no central camp location list).

#4: Babson Summer Study for High School Students

Ages: Juniors and Seniors in high school
Length of Camps
: about 1 month
Locations: Locations Across U.S.

Babson teaches high school students how to be entrepreneurs using their Entrepreneurial thought & Action Method (ET&A). What your child will be doing:

“Students learn how to develop a venture idea in collaboration with teammates that creates meaningful social and economic value.”

High schoolers will actually earn 4 college credits by going through this summer business camp!

Pssst: Here’s where you can apply for financial aid.

#6: Spark Business Camps

Ages: 5-17 years
Length of Camps
: 1 week
Locations: Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and New York City

Spark Business Academy offers the following business-oriented summer camps:

  • Dollars & Sense Camp
  • My First Lemonade Stand
  • Budding Entrepreneurs
  • Stock Market Aces
  • Future Millionaires Bootcamp

#7: Kid Entrepreneur Academy (KEA)

Ages: Grades 5-8
Length of Camps
: 1 week
Locations: Irvine, CA

This kid’s business camp is all about developing business skills in your child. The Business School at Concordia University Irvine covers topics like:

  • Characteristics of successful entrepreneur
  • Intro to financial principles
  • Business budgeting
  • Investing, interest, and stocks
  • How to write a business plan
  • How to market and sell your product

There is a financial aid form available as part of the registration form.

#8: Teen Entrepreneur Academy (TEA)

Ages: Grades 5-8
Length of Camps
: 1 week
Locations: Irvine, CA

These guys are determined to turn your teen into a “TeenPreneur”. Working in groups of 3-4 teens, your child will assist in the first critical step to starting a business – creating a business plan.

And guess what? At the end of the week, there’s a $1,500 prize for the best business plan!

Entrepreneur topics covered include:

  • How to take calculated risks
  • Start-up budgets
  • How to conduct market research
  • How to raise investment capital
  • Keeping your eyes on cash flow
  • How to create an elevator pitch

There is financial aid available, and here are the eligibility guidelines.

#9: Camp BizSmart

Ages: 11-15 years
Length of Camps
: 2 weeks
Locations: Santa Clara University, CA

Ever dreamed of sending your child to Stanford University? A summer camp centered around building businesses is your chance!

Your kids get to use design tools and learn things like:

  • Product design
  • Product pitching
  • Latest business methods
  • What it takes to survive in the 22nd century global marketplace

Kids and teens (see below) actually pitch their ideas to Silicon Valley angel investors and Venture Capitalists at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley headquarters. And the winning pitch idea? Gets to be honored at the national, Keiretsu Angel Capital Expo!

Residential options are available.

#10: Camp BizSmart

Ages: 16-19 years
Length of Camps
: 6 days
Locations: Santa Clara University, CA

Send your teen to the Teen Designathon in Silicon Valley! This is a project-based, business camp for teens.

Their program emphasizes:

  • Leadership
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Project management
  • Cost analysis
  • Negotiation skills

Residential options are available.

#11: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Ages: high school and college students
Length of Camps
: 6 weeks (Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00)
Locations: San Jose, CA

This business development bootcamp is hosted by acme entrepreneur (Aditya Mittal).

Topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Corporate structure
  • Market planning
  • Supply chain management
  • Project management
  • Advertising, strategy
  • Venture capital and investments
  • Stock market

Hint: if your kid’s school is one of the ones he is associated with, then you get a $100 discount.

#12: Basic Summer Business Camp

Ages: Grades 9-12
Length of Camps
: 1 week (overnight)
Locations: Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and Columbia University (New York, NY)

Your teenagers can gain a robust understanding of business by participating in actual merger and acquisition transaction simulations.

This is done through teams, with each team assigning someone the role as leader of their corporation. The team then analyzes their company’s annual report, and are taught by actual business executives how to negotiate a mergers and acquisition.

It’s all a big competition – and the team who presents the best deal to a panel of senior-level executives advances to “Championship Camp” where they’ll compete for National Championship title (as well as stock in a major corporation).

FYI: these guys have corporate sponsored scholarships, and about 80% of students receive one.

#13 Global Young Leaders Academy

Ages: currently in grades 9-12
Length of Camps
: 2 weeks (overnight)
Locations: Philadelphia, PA

There are two tracks your child can take with Wharton’s Global Young Leaders Academy:

  • GYLA-Entrepreneurship: Teams of students develop a business plan, and learn about marketing, accounting, management, and finance. There are also weekend field trips to local startups, business conversations with faculty, a session on college admissions, etc.
  • GYLA-Finance: Students will explore finance and investment. Teaching points are on things like time value of money, corporate finance, ethics, and decisions around investments. Teams of students deliver a team-based investment project at the end, and make use of Wharton’s Online Trading & Investment Simulator.

#14: “Be Your Own Boss” Summer Entrepreneurship Camp

Ages: Highschoolers
Length of Camps
: 4 days (Monday – Thursday)
Locations: Chicago, IL

Sponsored in partnership with Google, this is a FREE entrepreneurship camp for kids! It takes place in space 1871, one of the hottest business incubators in the world.

Kids will:

  • Work in teams to create a business idea
  • Build a basic, working app prototype
  • Create a business pitch

Students will also receive a $450 stipend.

#15: Eseedling Youth Entrepreneur Camp

Ages: 9-14 years
Length of Camps
: 3 days (Monday – Thursday)
Locations: Madison, WI

Eseedling seeks to teach your child an opportunity mindset, as well as to show them how much of a difference they can make in the world by being an entrepreneur.


Students will:

  • Choose a business idea they will present on
  • Create a business model for their idea
  • Create their own business cards
  • Run a business through a Biz-Ops game
  • Run a lemonade stand

#16: The Startup Studio

Ages: currently in grades 5-10
Length of Camps
: 5 days (Monday – Thursday)
Locations: Various locations in Florida

The Startup Studio believes entrepreneurship is rooted in story, and it’s their goal to take students through the creative process and journey all the way through to product pitch.

They teach students to:

  • Discover value propositions
  • Use their story to source + talk about their business ideas
  • Build business models for their idea
  • Learn to pivot based on feedback
  • Understand the role of interviewing and surveying to further hone a product/service

One thing that makes this camp standout is the use of feedback to hone and craft each student’s idea.

#17: Innova Fellows

Ages: 11-15 years
Length of Camps
: 10 days
Locations: Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA

When you think about innovation, do you think about prototypes, design-thinking, and Shark Tank-like pitches?

Your child will work on all of this and more at Innova Fellows’ summer camp. Divided into two weeks – Business Innovation and Innova Financial IQ – your child can expect to learn about:

  • Design thinking
  • Prototype creation
  • Market research
  • Corporate finance
  • Break-even analysis
  • Creating business plans

FYI: there are 10 full scholarships that you can apply for.

How to Create a DIY Money Camp for Kids

Would you like to structure just one week of your kid’s summer vacation as a DIY money summer camp? I’ve got a week’s worth of money lessons outlined for you below, plus the supplies you’ll need so you can skim ahead of time and have everything ready.

Psst: Mama Bear Prepwork: I really suggest you go through this post about figuring out what the heck it is you want your child to learn about money a week or even a day before your camp starts. This will shape what lessons you choose now & moving forward. Clarity is golden!

Here’s your kids summer camp activities list to choose from + an Ideal schedule to maximize learning:

Monday – Stretch Your Child’s Delayed Gratification Muscle as a Precursor to Goal-Setting

Looking for activities when teaching goal setting for kids and students (especially with a growth mindset)? This Delayed Gratification money lesson using chocolate coins is the perfect precursor to goal setting, as it ensures your kid will not only be goal setting in the future, but will be able to stick it until they reach their goal. Great for elementary and middle school. | https://www.moneyprodigy.com/use-chocolate-coin-delayed-gratification-lesson-precursor-goal-setting-kids/

Set up a Delayed Gratification Experiment in your own home.

Supplies You’ll Need: Chocolate Money Coins (you can pick these up at a Party City), plus either an item, experience, or more chocolate coins as the reward for waiting to eat the chocolate.

You can choose any duration of time you’d like to have your kids or teenagers wait for the bigger reward. Shorter duration works well with little kids (just a few days), and a longer duration works well with kids/teens who have flexed their delayed gratification muscles a bit. Since this is a one-week money camp, feel free to set the duration to be the end of this week.

Let’s see how your kiddo does!

Tuesday – Teach Your Kid to Save with this Money Growth Experiment

Get kids to listen to you about money, mom, by having them discover what you're trying to teach them on their own using this idea. You'll teach children to WANT to put money into a savings account after they go through this EYE-OPENING, hands-on money growth experiment. Kids save money? What a novel idea. | https://www.moneyprodigy.com/money-growth-experiment-to-teach-children-to-save/

This experiment takes several months to reach the outcome. So why did I include this on your summer camp activities list? Because once you set it up, you don’t need to do any other work. So, take the time to actually set it up during this week, then watch it unfold naturally.

Supplies You’ll Need: A jar (any old one will do), a savings account that earns interest, and seed money to populate both the jar + the savings account.

Wednesday – Savings Accounts Activities to Keep Your Kid’s Account from Collecting Dust

Savings accounts for kids tend to collect dust (moreso than money!). But yours doesn't have to using these tips. Check out these 3 money activities you can do with your children, even if their account is particularly growing at the moment. | https://www.moneyprodigy.com/savings-accounts-for-kids-collecting-dust-3-money-activities/

Choose one, two, or all three of these activities to go through during your DIY Money Summer Camp Week. Activities include naming (i.e. giving purpose to) their savings account, having your child shop around for the best interest rate, and starting a savings statement binder.

Supplies You’ll Need: A savings account for your child. If you don’t already have one (I walk you through how to set one up here), then move onto a different activity, or make the activity opening up a savings account together.

Thursday – Start Up the Money Dialogue with Your Family

Use these free money conversation starters for kids to open up money dialogue in your household (plus keep the kids interested at dinner time and road trips). |

Grab your free set of printable money conversation cards for kids and parents. Use these on commutes, road trips, or around the dinner table. They’re super fun, plus you might be really surprised with what you learn about your child’s understanding of money.

Supplies You’ll Need: Printed conversation cards, available in the post, plus a jar or other holding container to put them in.

Friday – Ignite Your Child’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Turn your child into a consultant by using the dialogues I’ve set up as an example to discuss with them about consumer needs plus fulfilling those needs to make a profit.

Then turn them loose as they figure out what some of your own household’s needs are, how much you are or are not willing to pay for them, and how to do the work to a customer’s (your’s) satisfaction.

Supplies You’ll Need: Nothing in particular. Just time.

Bonus or Substitute Lesson: Play Compound Interest Detective

Compound interest can literally change your child’s future. Moderate as they go through this lesson (there’s a 9:02 minute video to teach them what compound interest is in case you’re squeamish to do so) and open them up to the possibilities of money earning its own, actual, money. How cool!

Supplies You’ll Need: A savings account, and two consecutive statements representing two compounding periods from your child’s savings account.

Excited by some of these possibilities on this summer camp activities list? Now it’s time to choose one week to claim as Money Summer Camp, and schedule one of the money activities for each day. Remember that within some of the articles, there are multiple activities that you can choose from (or do them all and I’ll give you a digital high-five!).

One last reminder – you may be able to get a tax deduction on your summer money camps (and any summer camps) that you send your kids to.

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Amanda L. Grossman is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, a 2016 Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Money Prodigy. Amanda's kid money work has been featured on Experian, GoBankingRates, PT Money, CA.gov, Rockstar Finance, the Houston Chronicle, and Colonial Life. Read more here.
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