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Teachers Join Forces To Launch Nerd Summer Camp

Three teachers create an alternative camp for kids who aren’t interested in sports. The school keeps the profits the first year, but they get creative and find a way to pay themselves in year two.
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What It's About

Three "partners in slime" create a summer science camp.

Business Model
Service
Skills Required
Education & Creativity
Complexity
Medium
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

Cindy says that one of the hardest parts of building Amazinators was all of the self-promotions she had to do. She said that this was scary and uncomfortable for her, but she found that people were receptive to her boldness, coupled with her humility and honesty.

Fun Fact

The Amazinators reached out to a man running a shark tank program in New Jersey. He was so interested in what they were doing that he drove a few hours to see their camp. Turns out that he is in charge of STEAM initiatives for the entire state. He asked them to present at a state workshop for administrators and board members!

Notes from Chris

Episode 299

Today’s story comes from Cindy O’Kane in Linwood, New Jersey. By day, she’s a public speaking and technology teacher running the TV studio at Belhaven Middle School. She’s also a First Lego League robotics coach, and head of her school’s gifted and talented program. Her side hustle is a summer science camp that she runs with two other teachers making slime, playing with Lego robots, building bridges out of popsicle sticks, launching rockets, and creating videos.

The three teachers saw an opportunity to fill a need in the community for kids who aren’t into sports but want to go to summer camp. So two summers ago, they started a two-week STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) camp for the intellectual child—or as they like to refer to themselves, the nerds of the world.

They had about 70 kids sign up and brought in $14,000! Sadly, Cindy and her partners in slime were not their own entity, so their school took the profits, and all the got was a small stipend.

So they spent the next year becoming an LLC called Amazinators—after speaking with some friends with small businesses, Cindy filled out the online registration and shelled out $200.

They charged $225 for a 2-week camp at two different schools for 3rd to 6th graders who met for three hours a day, four days a week, and $125 for a 1-week camp for 7th to 9th graders, where students met from 9 to noon all five days.

So far this year they’ve had 166 campers in 5 weeks of summer camps, and brought in about $15,000. $8,000 of that was profit… and this time, they got to keep it!


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  • Amazinators: Blast off to Cindy's website to see what the Amazinators are up to!
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