By Christine Smith, Senior Specialist
The St. Louis Fed's Economic Education team has brought back its popular Personal Finance Virtual Summer Camp for 2021.
Last summer, as the coronavirus pandemic upset many plans, Economic Education created an online camp to keep young "co-workers" engaged while providing valuable, age-appropriate economic lessons. More than 2,000 students from around the nation enrolled.
This summer, parents will likely seek flexible options to engage their children while ensuring that they have fun and learn, too. That's why Econ Ed expanded the camp to include activities for high schoolers in addition to those for middle school and elementary students.
This year’s free camp opened May 24 and will be available through Aug. 20. It's self-paced and designed to last a couple of hours each day, Monday-Friday, for one week. (Find information below on enrolling your child in the camp.)
Through award-winning videos, Q&A’s and online modules, kids and teens discover and apply essential personal finance concepts, including about how money and the economy work; how to evaluate everyday decisions; how to start saving; and how to use credit responsibly.
Campers' progress will be automatically tracked in the award-winning Econ Lowdown portal. Students will earn a certificate and a virtual badge upon completing the camp.
Long after summer ends, the learning can continue. Econ Ed also offers Parent Q&A’s that parents can print and use while reading select books with their children.
Here’s how to sign up your child for Personal Finance Virtual Summer Camp.
Visit www.econlowdown.org/student. Choose the Google login button to enter your child’s Google credentials. If they do not have a Google account, you may use yours. You’ll see an option to join a classroom.
Do your friends and neighbors have children who might be interested? Download a PDF and share it or forward the link for the camp: www.stlouisfed.org/education/personal-finance-virtual-summer-camp.