CEO Camp

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

If you’ve watched shows like Shark Tank and the Apprentice you’ve seen how innovative people can turn great ideas into profitable businesses.  Mercer County 4-H is giving teens the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to run a small business.

CEO in Training - 4-H Summer Camp will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from Aug. 3-7 in Aledo.

Campers will work together to develop a product or service using the skills and tools learned through hands-on team challenges and support from guest entrepreneurs.  It will all culminate in a “Shark Tank” inspired presentation during which teams will showcase their products, services or business ideas.

  • Meet successful entrepreneurs
  • Learn business fundamentals such as idea creation, branding, and presenting
  • Create a product or service with a team of three or four other teens at camp
  •  Learn how to finance and market your business or project
  •  Make new friends while you have a great time!

Teens will learn real world business skills: team building, leadership development, financial management, verbal communication, and business etiquette through interactive lessons and exercises. They will also learn what it takes to successfully negotiate for business materials, set goals, and recognize real business opportunities.

The cost is $35 public (Includes $20 yearly 4-H Program fee) or $15 for current 4-H members.  (Reduced fee of $10 is available to those in need.) Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch Monday-Thursday. Food will be provided on Friday. To enroll, call Mercer County 4-H at 309-582-5106 or online at

It is open to all youth who have completed 7th grade through high school. (Ages 12-18.) The camp will be limited to 30 teens.