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Business Honor Scholars Camp

You’re invited to Bethel College Business Honor Scholars Camp

May 30 – June 1, 2017

Bethel College Business Honor Scholars Camp offers Kansas high school students the opportunity to grow in their understanding of entrepreneurship and the value of a free market enterprise. The focus is on how businesses grow and develop through free exchange of resources and how this impacts economic growth and prosperity.

This camp is limited to 30 participants, which means being selected is a competitive process. High school students entering their junior and senior years are eligible to apply.

Most summer camps require you to pay a registration fee to attend. However, for this camp, there is no registration fee because a private grant has fully funded the program. If you are selected to attend, all expenses are paid which includes meals, housing, activities and a travel stipend.


Free Markets Simulation
The purpose of this activity is to highlight the immense benefits of free market entrepreneurship and to illustrate the impact that government regulations can have on business prosperity. This also will allow students to interact and to begin building relationships with their fellow scholars at camp.

Etiquette Dinner
Learn the essential tips and tricks to professionalism in a formal dinner. This event will provide students with insights on the proper etiquette of dining, a much needed skill in today’s business environment. Be sure to note on your application whether you have food allergies or gluten restrictions.

Low Ropes Course: The Invisible Hand
Students will see what drives cooperation between independent players in the market.  Coined by Adam Smith in 1776, the term “invisible hand” implies that we all make decisions that are in our self-interest. This exercise will illustrate this concept.

Breakout Sessions
These hands-on learning projects will be tailored to each faculty presenter’s individual area of expertise. Topics include marketing, entrepreneurship, and international business.

Featured Keynote Speaker

Steven Rydin
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Steven Rydin is a marketing professor at Oral Roberts University. He launched his own marketing firm in 2011 to help clients with their internet marketing, database management and social media needs. He finds the topic of entrepreneurship to be both a challenging and rewarding adventure. He strives to help students become competent businesspeople in today’s dynamic marketplace.

Faculty Facilitators

Robert Lloyd, M.B.A.,assistant professor of management (program director)
Professor Lloyd teaches management courses and enjoys infusing practical applications and common sense life lessons into the complexity of the business concepts of each class. He spent six years as a commodities marketer at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas, and prior to that spent six seasons as an adventure guide and manager on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. He has travelled to 31 countries and seven continents and is currently pursuing his doctorate from George Fox University.

Allison McFarland, Ph.D., M.B.A, Walter C. and Helen E. Claassen Endowed Chair of Business
Professor McFarland teaches marketing courses and strives to instill a sense of professionalism and confidence in her students. She regularly researches and speaks on the topic of the millennial generation. She enjoys spending time with her Dalmatians and spent the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as an international volunteer.

The camp will also include interaction with current Bethel College students who will serve as counselors and mentors for the students.

Cost and Application

Cost: To attract the brightest young business minds in Kansas, we have made this camp worth your while...there is no registration fee! In fact, we will give you a travel stipend, which is intended to offset expenses you will incur getting to and from Newton.

Eligibility: This camp is open to students entering grades 11-12, with preference given to those entering the 12th grade.

Application: The application consists of a completed application form and a letter of recommendation from a business teacher who has worked with the student. The recommendation should address (1) your experience and strengths as a student of business and (2) how you will benefit from participation in the Bethel College Business Honors Camp.

The letter should be sent by the teacher to:
Bethel College Business Honor Scholars Camp
Attn: Robert Lloyd
300 East 27th Street North Newton, KS 67117-1716
or e-mailed to

The completed application should be sent or a scanned copy e-mailed by the student to the same address. Applications and recommendations must be received by April 15, 2017, in order to be considered.

Applicants will be chosen based upon their strengths in business and the benefits they would be expected to receive. In addition, preference will be given to students who have just completed their junior year of high school. Students who are accepted will be notified by e-mail during the week of May 1, 2017. For those who are accepted,a photocopy of the student’s health insurance card and ropes course waiver will be required on the first day of camp.

Registration includes lodging in a Bethel residence hall, meals, snacks, and a travel stipend. Each student is sponsored through a private donation awarded to Bethel College Department of Business and Economics.

Enrollment is limited to 30 scholars. All accepted students will be required to confirm their intent to attend by telephone or e-mail by May 15. Students who do not confirm their intentions to attend will be dropped from the roster so that others can attend.


For more information contact Professor Robert Lloyd, program director, via email or phone at  (316) 284-5245.


May 30
10 a.m. Registration, room check-in
11 a.m. Introductions
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Free markets simulation
4:30 p.m. Team building activity
7 p.m. Dinner (campfire)
May 31
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Breakout sessions
noon Lunch
1 p.m. Low ropes course - The Invisible Hand
4:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker
5:30 p.m. Etiquette Dinner (formal)
8 p.m. Evening Activity
June 1
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Morning presentations
10 a.m. Goodbyes, lessons learned
11 a.m. Checkout

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.