Five area high school students won scholarships during Camp Enterprise last month. 

Camp Enterprise, organized by the Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club, provides high school students with a unique opportunity to learn about leadership, business and the free enterprise system.
During the three-day autumn camp Nov. 2-4, presentations were made by business executives and entrepreneurs who shared their experiences with the students and answered questions about a variety of fields and interests. In addition, students participated in a series of customized teambuilding experiences. The students broke into teams and focused a majority of their time at camp on a business case study which culminated in team presentations. 

At the conclusion of camp and based on participation and leadership, five students were each awarded $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship winners were Mound Westonka High School student Sarah Byington, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mound-Westonka; Chanhassen High School student Ben Frey, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chanhassen; Mounds View High School student Christina Mehrkens, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arden Hills/Shorewood; Minnewaska High School student Camryn Mithun, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Glenwood; and Edina High School student Anushka Thorat, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria. 

More than 95 students from the southern half of Minnesota and western Wisconsin participated in Camp Enterprise. Each student was sponsored by a Rotary Club. Camp Enterprise utilizes the facilities of YMCA Twin Cities’ Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, Minnesota. More than 80 volunteers from Rotary Clubs throughout the state worked together to coordinate the event. 

“Camp Enterprise lived up to its reputation once again, providing a free enterprise experience for high school students that was both educational and entertaining,” said event chairman Sam Thompson of the Rotary Club of Edina. “The camp included activities such as ‘Family Feud,’ a dance, excellent speakers and the opportunity to meet new friends.”
Camp Enterprise of Minnesota was established by the Rotary Club of Alexandria and taken over by the Rotary Club of Edina in 1980. When the Edina Morningside Rotary Club was chartered in 1990, they became equal partners in the local project. There are approximately 25 such programs nation-wide.