Testimonials

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The extraordinary result of Camp Accounting is that Campers acquire knowledge they can share with others, making it a skill that is easily transferable to their business and their circle of influence.

Here’s what our clients have to say about us:

“I’ve always dreaded learning accounting/bookkeeping principles. But April has successfully managed to make what might otherwise seem a dry and tedious subject into a interactive and comfortable environment for learning bookkeeping necessities. What I found most interesting – and most beneficial – is that, while everyone in the class has a unique situation (how accounting principles are applicable to each person’s respective business), the basic concepts of accounting – as April teaches them – apply to EVERYONE. And although the class was large enough for interactive engagement, it was still intimate enough that every student could get their questions answered. In addition to her knowledge, April is very personable, explains things in a clear and easy to understand format and has a terrific sense of humor. You’ll enjoy the experience, you’ll laugh, learn a lot, and even make some new friends. Yes, I know – it’s accounting! But April makes it FUN! Enjoyable, and definitely a good investment of my time. I would gladly recommend Camp Accounting for anyone starting a business or just wanting to brush up their bookkeeping skills.”

Kristine Putt—Graphic Artist

 

“April has developed a whole new way to teach the basics of accounting. You’ll walk away from Camp Accounting knowing how to read and analyze your Profit & Loss Statement and Balance Sheet….and have fun doing it!”

Melissa Smith –Adult Learning Expert

 

“I attended a Camp Accounting Course and was impressed by April’s ability to train a diverse group of Business   Owners, with various level of accounting knowledge. The Course was well thought out and April made it relative and     interesting which is difficult to do with this subject matter. I recommend Camp Accounting to all business owners.”

Marty Hartsock—Commercial Banker

 

“Camp Accounting has done a great job of breaking down the fundamentals, making it easy to learn and build a solid foundation of accounting principles.”

Michael Lowe—Sales Growth & Strategy – Sales & Marketing

Upcoming Workshops

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Accounting “Basics” 4-hr Workshop on 8/22/15, 1 pm-5 pm, Training Room, Fountain Valley

Four hour training ground “hiking” you through the Basics of accounting: You will understand Assets, Liabilities, Equity, Profit, Costs of Goods Sold, Expenses and how they relate to the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statement. For diving deeper, view our Debit/Credit workshop.

Register HERE

Debit/Credit 2-hr Workshop on 8/22/15, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Training Room, Fountain Valley

Two hour training ground continuing where we left off in the Basics workshop and “hiking” you through how Debits and Credits truly work. You will learn the dynamics and nature of these two positions in accounting. Prerequisite: You must have taken Camp Accounting’s Accounting Basics workshop in order to attend the Debit/Credit workshop.

Register HERE

Accounting “Basics” 4-hr Workshop on 8/29/15, 8 am-Noon, Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Buena Park

Four hour training ground “hiking” you through the Basics of accounting: You will understand Assets, Liabilities, Equity, Profit, Costs of Goods Sold, Expenses and how they relate to the Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statement. For diving deeper, view our Debit/Credit workshop.

Register HERE

Debit/Credit 2-hr Workshop on 8/29/15, 1 pm-3 pm, Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Buena Park

Two hour training ground continuing where we left off in the Basics workshop and “hiking” you through how Debits and Credits truly work. You will learn the dynamics and nature of these two positions in accounting. Prerequisite: You must have taken Camp Accounting’s Accounting Basics workshop in order to attend the Debit/Credit workshop.

Register HERE

About Us

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Camp Accounting, Inc. was founded in 2012 to fill the void of accounting training. Many business minded people use an accounting software, such as Quickbooks or Peachtree, without really understanding what the software is doing “in the background.” We believe once you truly understand the basics of accounting, the software that you use (regardless of which kind) will make more sense and ultimately your focus will be on the reports and not the day to day transactions.

Camp Accounting has an allegiance to the entrepreneurial spirit and want its Campers to understand their financial reports and position in order to make sound decisions about the growth of their business. (Note: Camp Accounting is not a CPA firm nor does it offer any tax advice.)

“Accounting is boring…”

…But it doesn’t have to be. We know the view of accounting is cold, boring, monotonous, and lonely-to most business owners.

For hundreds of years accounting has been the means to tell a company’s story: how it started, how it is sustaining, and its potential to grow in the future. Accounting has also been taught the same way for hundreds of years using the sterile formula: Assets = Liabilities + Equity, part of Generally Accepting Accounting Principles.

Camp Accounting, a four-hour training program, is going to change that view using the familiar theme of camping and guiding fellow “campers” through a new accounting model called Diamond Tree.

The extraordinary result of Camp Accounting is that Campers acquire knowledge they can share with others, making it a skill that is easily transferable to their schooling or business.

Camp Accounting
11284 Westminster Ave, #234
Garden Grove, CA 92843

The Accounting Trail Map

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Camp Accounting has created a new training process, in a camp site-like theme, to demystify the learning experience and break down the basic principles of accounting using unique model called Accounting Trail Map (AT Map). The Map teaches accounting from the ground up, using basic concepts, examples, and activities to help absorb the information. The campers will be engaged from the moment they enter the room until the final interaction with the rest of the campers and training guide.

Students will walk away with the basic understanding of accounting principles, how each transaction in a business is like a tree, and how all those trees create a forest of transactions that tell the story in the form of two reports: a Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement.

Trail Guide Bios

APRIL-GENTRYApril Gentry, CB

April has a long history in accounting. She started with basic bookkeeping for her father’s landscape company back in the mid 80’s. From there she entered the corporate world working in the financial statement division of AVCO financial services where she compiled reports for the various states in which AVCO did business.

April left AVCO to work for an investment firm in South Orange County working directly with investors, providing intrinsic accounting reports for investment strategy.

In 1989,April entered the world of public accounting working for an independent Certified Public Accountant for one year. She went on to become a Staff Accountant at Kanady & Moding, a CPA firm in Santa Ana for eight years. Her responsibilities included all aspects of accounting from data entry through financial statements, sale tax and property tax audits, and working directly with the client base.

In 1997 April left the corporate world and founded Gentry & Associates, a bookkeeping and accounting firm (non-CPA). She merged that business into Business-keepers Consulting in 2002. After years of working with clients, training them in accounting basics and how to read their financial reports, April founded Camp Accounting as a means to reach a larger audience to teach them the art of accounting and the value it brings to a business.

April has an Associate of Arts degree in Business from Orange Coast College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton. She is a Certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor and co- leader of the Orange County chapter of National Advisor Network.

Cherry Allen

Cherry has a long history with Business-keepers. Cherry has a degree in Education and teaches English and History, as well as working at Camp Accounting.

 

Why Camp Accounting

Through exercises, diagrams, case studies, and group discovery, Camp Accounting takes detailed information and breaks it down into thoughtful processes that are digestible and applicable. With the use of the AT Map, campers can easily navigate around both reports! This creates a level of excitement and understanding Campers never thought possible about accounting.

The extraordinary result of Camp Accounting is Campers acquire knowledge they can apply to any company and share what they learned with others, making it a skill that is easily transferable to their business and their circle of influence.

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Why Accounting is Important?

Is your view of accounting cold, boring and a time-soaking chore to you, the business owner? Maybe you feel there seems to be no real purpose except the day to day transactions and balancing the checkbook, trying to keep money in the bank.

As an entrepreneur you are creating your company’s story while juggling many responsibilities. Being a good steward of your company’s money and resources is a priority but you find yourself searching for financial answers. Even though the accounting data in the software is organized, you are unsure of the story the reports are telling you. So you find yourself again just grinding through the day to day not   knowing accounting’s true value.

But there is great value in understanding accounting (and its reports) once you have discovered its intrinsic meaning.

Accounting is a means to tell your company’s story; it has a history, a beginning, a middle, and if your company is not doing well, your story will end and we don’t want that.