Moxie: (noun)\ˈmäk-sē\ - Courage or determination; the ability to be active.
Five ACA students attended an invitation only, four-day retreat entitled Camp Enterprise last week where they participated in an intensive hands-on program designed to develop their business sense, determination, and “moxie” in ways they didn’t expect. ACA juniors Anthony Conroy, Andrew Chorley, Joe Bates, Jordan Nettles, and McKenzie Reece represented our school well, showing the 74 other students from 47 schools across Oklahoma just what it means to be a Charger. Turns out, it means you have moxie in spades.
Moxie building is tough work, though. “I’m still not recovered from it,” said Bates rubbing his eyes sleepily between classes on Monday. “I’m not sure my brain is functioning right now,” he added with a yawn and a dazed stare. Considering the breakneck schedule of the retreat found campers returning to their cabins past midnight only to wake up again before 6 AM the next day, a little exhaustion is par for the course. That formula seemed to work well, though, as Nettles chimed in that the experience was “awesome but exhausting,” and Conroy added that he “learned a ton.” Moxie doesn’t develop without a little pressure, after all.
Camp Enterprise is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and students are selected to attend based on their strong academics, work ethic, and interest in business and enterprise. At the camp, students go through the DISC personality assessment and learn to work on teams through various team building activities. Teams consisted of students from different schools so that everyone learned to work with people they didn’t know–a key element to success in business.
Successful business leaders addressed the students about the qualities and practices needed for success in business in the 21st century, and students got to apply their lessons in an intense business simulation. “Each team had an initial credit line of $50,000,” explained Reece. “We had to develop a business plan, invest, find investors, and try to beat the competition.” While some spent much of their credit line at the beginning to increase production, others approached it cautiously to avoid taking on debt, explained the students. Some team strategies worked well at the start but didn’t end up winning the competition, while other teams learned to adjust for their missteps and were able to be successful in the end.
“Yeah,” added Chorley, “we saw the results of business decisions we made immediately.” That instant feedback, collaborative spirit, and competitive challenges all combined to create a learning situation that all five ACA students agree they will remember for years.
As they all agreed that the experience was eye opening, Reece summed it up in a way that epitomizes the essence of ACA. “We learned a lot, and we got to shine the light of Jesus at the same time. That’s cool.”
Evidently, “for the glory of the Lord” isn’t just a song to these students. And THAT raises Moxie to an entirely different plane.