When a Rockville mother’s 11-year-old daughter and her good friend wanted to start a summer theater camp for young children, Julie Finnegan said she was worried that it would fall back on her shoulders.
Samantha “Sammy” Finnegan (back row, from left), Kelly Nuckols and Isabelle Giorgis with (front row, from left) Nuela Dailey, Veronica Finnegan, Hope Karnes, Nora Rufe, Grace Dunning and Leah Sculthorpe during a youth-run theater camp in Rockville.
“I’m not doing anything. You need to come up with a business plan,” Finnegan recalled telling the girls.
Six or seven hours later, Samantha Finnegan, Julie’s daughter, and her friend Isabelle Giorgis had their whole theater camp, “Fun in the Sun,” planned out — marketing, schedule and script. They even made a brochure to promote their camp.
Last summer, the duo’s first year holding the camp, they charged parents $20 to send their children to the one week of swimming, crafts and rehearsing for the play. Four girls participated in the week-long camp at the Finnegans’ home in Rockville.
Julie Finnegan said the girls figured out ways to maximize their profit and minimize costs by buying cheaper crafts and materials.
“I just sat back and let them do it all themselves,” she said.
The idea started after the duo was in fifth or fourth grade and had an economic project where they had to come up with an idea for a business and then develop a business and marketing plan. Not too long after that, Samantha Finnegan and Giorgis decided they wanted to do their own theater camp.
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