Meet The Team Behind Challenge Island
Amy Broocke & Patricia Beyer
What inspired you to become a Challenge Island Franchise Owner?
As educators, we appreciated the unique, hands-on, exciting, STEAM-filled Challenge Island Program. We were sure this whimsical, extraordinary program would be loved by both the young and old. We knew the kids would have fun participating in all the Challenge Island activities while learning essential 21st Century Skills that would prepare them to be successful adults in the future. Buying a Challenge Island Franchise was a no-brainer- we knew it would be exciting and educational for all involved.
Tell us about your professional background.
Patricia Beyer- Has both a MBA and a M.Ed. She began her career in the Business world as an IT Systems Analyst. She switched careers recently and is now an elementary school teacher. She loves working with kids and is glad she made the switch.
Amy Broocke- After earning her M.Ed., she taught in both public and independent schools for many years as both a teacher and an administrator. She feels that working with kids is the most rewarding job around!
In 2015, Amy and Patricia decided to join forces to bring the fun, STEAM-filled Challenge Island program to the Richmond area. They have been enjoying their new business ever since!”
What have you enjoyed most about starting your Challenge Island business?
The best part about the Challenge Island Program is viewing first hand the excitement and fun that the children (and adults) have collaborating in tribes to problem solve in order to successfully solve the STEAM-filled Challenges in unique ways. Watching the kids go through the problem solving steps to reach success and grow in confidence is pure JOY.
Please share one of your favorite Challenge Island moments.
Overhearing the kids excitedly talk about how much fun the Challenge Island classes are and that Challenge Island is their favorite!
We love watching adults enjoy the Challenge Island programs as much as the kids! At Challenge Island Family Nights and Teacher Workshops the adults have a blast participating in the program. It is fun to watch them wearing the tribal bandanas and face paint while working collaboratively with their tribe to creatively solve the challenge or task at hand!
What is your favorite Challenge Island “destination” and why?
This a very hard question because all the challenges are so much fun!
What is your favorite quote from a student, parent, or school about Challenge Island?
We often hear school administrators and teachers say they are so impressed that each and every child is fully engaged in the lessons and having so much fun!
What schools/venues do you currently participate at?
We have offered our after school enrichment programs at many locations. Here are a few of them:
J. B. Watkins Elementary School
Robious Elementary School
Bettie Weaver Elementary School
St. Edward Epiphany School
Woolridge Elementary School
Collegiate Cougar Quest
Mary Munford Elementary School
Richmond Montessori School
Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Cloverhill Elementary School
Gordon Elementary School
Reams Elementary School
Ecoff Elementary School
Tuckahoe Montessori School
and many more…
What programs & camps do you facilitate?
We enjoy sharing the fun of Challenge Island in many different venues and ways, such as: in-school field trips, after school enrichment programs, Summer camps, preschool programs, Holiday camps, birthday parties, Family Nights, Steam Club activities, Teacher workshops, Team building activities for kids and adults, Girl Scout events, in camp field trips, programs for kids with special needs, programs for children in gifted programs. Challenge Island is perfect for kids of all ages!
Our Camp themes are amazing and memory-making! Here are a few: American Girls and Dolls, Mindcraft (inspired by Minecraft), Wizardry Party (inspired by Harry Potter), Star Wars, Super Heroes, Emojii Camp, Mythology Island (inspired by Percy Jackson), Icy Party (inspired by Frozen), and many more!
Our fun islands have themes such as: Sharktooth Island, Volcano Island, Amusement Park Island, Hollywood Island, Time Machine Island, Mythology Island, Rainforest Island , and more!