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Of all the things we should learn when we're young, it's how to manage our money and put it to work for us.
Welcome to the revoluationy new financial literacy program...
This was my goal when I started offering Camp Millionaire, our profoundly fun and effective financial education camp.
Something told me to create a financial game where the room was the boar and the players where the pieces. I didn't exactly know what that meant, but I knew that's what I had to do to make financial education stick.
I played Robert Kiyasaki's Cash Flow for Kids in our very first camp with those wonderful 39 kids and threw up my hands about 30 minutes into the session...too many pieces, too many instructions, not enough games which meant too many kids per game, and oh, the noise! I couldn't take it and, as much as I love this game for small groups of kids, I vowed never to play a board game with a group of kids again.
This is how The Money Game started to come together. I already knew that in order for someone (any age) to really learn something, that someone had to experience it first hand. That meant they had to get a paycheck, pay their expenses, save up their money, buy assets and then experience the profound freedom of receiving passive income from owning that asset.
The game started to take shape during one of our Creative Wealth Train-the-Trainer workshops with one of the gals who had come to the training and was staying at my house. She helped me map out the beginnings of the game.
The first year, my head instructor, Pamela Capalad, and I created a complicated verson of what is now the basic Money Game. (And yes, we have The Money Game on steroids in the back room for later!).
Over the next couple of years, Pamela and other instructors honed the game, added very cool distinctions and figured out how to literally wrap our curriculum activities around the game.
We started affectionately referring to the game as "the money game' because we were teaching kids and adults the 'rules to the money game' which is what we also call our Creative Wealth Principles.
Well, the name stuck. We registered it. We extracted the game from our camps and now it's available to you. Anyone can teach personal money management and wealth creation principles to anyone (ages 10 and up) with The Money Game.<