Career Camp 2023

March 18, 2023 |  Chinook Middle School | 8:30am to 1:00pm

Calling all Students and Parents!

Free One-Day Career Camp for Thurston County Students!

The Thurston Chamber Foundation is launching a new, free, one-day career fair called Career Camp on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 8:30 am to 1 pm at Chinook Middle School!

Career Camp is a chance for middle-school students to explore careers in sectors that are growing. Students can participate in hands-on activities, talk to professionals working in those fields and connect with industry leaders who are hiring. The following high-growth sectors will have representatives at Career Camp:

  • healthcare
  • hands-on careers
  • customer service
  • information technology
  • agriculture

There will be three sessions for students as well as a time to explore the Career Camp Resource EXPO.

While students are in “camp”, parents and guardians can attend an informational session and learn about available resources and steps students can take to land internships & mentorships and discover on-the job-training opportunities

Pre-registration will open February 15, and is first come first served and limited to 65 seats in each career pathway.

Students – Saturday you will check in at the registration desk and receive an name badge with your classroom assignment for your career sessions. We try to keep everyone with their top career path but may need to switch to your alternate choice if classes are full.

Parents – Your sessions are open to your selection and you will not be assigned to specific Parent session. As seating capacity is limited in the student sessions, we reserve student sessions for 6th – 8th grade students only and ask parents to attend the parent session.

Is your child wondering about their next steps?

If so, Career Camp is the perfect place to start exploring the possibilities! To register your student, follow the instructions on the “Students” tab below. 

Student registration will open February 18th.

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March 18, 2023 from 8:30am-1pm at Chinook Middle School

Parents/Guardians of student attendees are welcome to attend Find Your Future! 

There are 3 parent sessions that help you make informed decisions when helping your student navigate their future. No registration is required. Parents/Guardians will be in sessions separate from their students. 

  • Financing Their Future: In this session, parents will walk through the steps to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  
  • Careers in the Local Economy: What jobs are going to become available in the future? How can your student prepare for the workforce of the future? This session answers those questions and more. 
  • Planning their Future: How can you support your student in their career planning process? Help your student identify a purposeful career path, that builds upon their strengths.  

No registration is required for parents.

Find Your Future is occurring on March 19 from 10am-1pm at Capital High School

Find Your Future is about hearing directly from professionals about their careers. We encourage you as the presenters to discuss both the positive and negative aspects of your job to give students a real sense of being in your career field.  

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Presenter Presentation Template!

If you have any questions, contact Christina Chesnut at



The Find Your Future Resource Fair features organizations, colleges and universities that focus on career and educational information. The Resource Fair is available to students and parents at the beginning of the event, during breaks, and at the conclusion of Find Your Future.   

If you would like to reserve a booth at the Find Your Future Resource Fair, CLICK HERE!

We have sponsorship opportunities available!  

We will be following the Washington State Department of Health and the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services guidance at this event. We ask that you wear your mask, and socially distance yourself. Updates will be made if guidance changes.  

These panels are from the virtual Find Your Future in 2021 – In 2021 the Business and Education Network decided to host a quarterly career video series for Find Your Future. These are the recordings from our event.

Green Economy Panel 

Apprenticeships Panel 

Manufacturing Panel 

Healthcare Panel 

Wood and Forest Products Panel 


Career Camp is a Program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation.