DECA Summer Plans at Each Stage

Josie Chau, the DECA chapter president at Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy in Ontario, feels strongly that there is no such thing as “too much DECA.” This summer she plans to present the idea of a DECA summer camp to the Board of Directors at DECA Ontario and the executive team at her university in hopes to have one in place by the summer of 2014.

Josie knows that DECA can leave an impact on members and no matter what stage they are in, there is always a place for them to promote and give back to the organization.

“If you are a returning DECA member to a new DECA year, or about to enter post secondary DECA, don’t cram in your DECA studies alone!” said Chau. “Do it with your friends while you’re hanging out this summer. You can analyze advertisements on the way to the beach, conduct a SWOT analysis of your summer love life, or listen to what the salespeople have to say when they try to con you into buying that ‘trendy’ shirt.”

Josie also knows that graduating DECA members may be worried their time in DECA is now over, but even DECA alumni can continue their journey!

“If you are a graduating DECA member that is entering post secondary like me, check out how your new chapter operates and meet with your new DECA officers and members,” she said. “Ask around to see if you can contact your new DECA chapter before the semester starts to get to know them. This way you’ll be on friendlier terms before classes even start.”

Lastly, Josie has some helpful ideas for DECA alumni who may not be able to commit to membership in a Collegiate DECA chapter just yet.

“If you feel that DECA may be a bit too much for your schedule in post secondary, then volunteer as DECA alumni to the high school or collegiate conferences,” she said. “If you plan to join the workforce after high school, then get information from your local DECA board to find out how you can return to DECA as alumni and be a judge at the conferences and spread the word to your co-workers who may want to join or know others that may be interested.”

Summer is a great time to get your DECA plans in order and whether you can starting a new year of DECA, embarking on your journey to college and want to explore the opportunities in Collegiate DECA or are starting your life as a DECA alumni and want to get more involved, there are endless opportunities for you to make the summer count.

Follow Keegan on Twitter @TheRealKeeganOB and Josie @josiechauski.

For more summer planning resources, check out DECA Doesn't Stop in the Summer.

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