Youth Invited to Explore Professions through Southeast’s Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Camps

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. April 7, 2011ᾰFrom engineering to singing and entrepreneurship to computer animation, Cape Girardeau area youth can try it all in Southeast Missouri State University’s Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Camps.

The camps, which are offered to children ages 5-8 and 9-14, investigate numerous different career paths, allowing the children to work on their skills in the respective fields and experience the responsibilities held by professionals in their dream careers.  Each course uses a hands-on approach to learning that incorporates laboratory experiments or physical activity.

Courses for the Horizons camp, ages 9-14, include topics such as “Don’t Stop Believin’:  A Singing Actor Camp,” “Pottery Madness: A ‘Wheel’ Adventure,” “Robots Rock! LEGO™ Robotics,” “Southeast CSI,” “Jr. Zookeeper,” “Steel Drum Band,” “Jr. CEO: A Creative Skills Camp,” “Wilderness Survival for Kids,” “Jr. Veterinarian,” “You Be the Judge,” “Get Animated: Intro to Computer Animation” and “Potion Power.”

Little Horizons offers the following classes to children ages 5-8: “Safari Adventures,” “Good Guys vs. Bad Guys: An Adventure in Clay,” Superhero Science” and “Bajo el Mar: Under the Sea.”

Parents of participants from last year’s camp described the courses as “Excellent!” and “Awesome!”

“My child was excited, intrigued and motivated ever day of the classᾰI was very impressed with the instructor,” one parent said.

All instructors are professionally trained and have practical teaching experience in their areas of instruction.  Most are Southeast professors. 

The classes will be divided into two separate one-week sessions,

June 27 – July 1 and July 11-15.  Morning sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon while afternoon sessions are from 1 to 4 p.m.  The “Don’t Stop Believin’” camp lasts all day from 9 a.m. to noon and then 1-4 p.m. 

Horizons has partnered with Redhawk Kids Camp to offer an additional option for full-day programming. Children enrolled in both a morning and afternoon session of Horizons and/or Redhawk Kids Camp may receive supervision during the lunch hour. Children must bring their own sack lunch. Horizons staff will transport them from their morning sessions to lunch and then to their afternoon sessions.   Lunch supervision arrangements must be arranged at the time of registration, otherwise parents will be responsible for picking up children from their morning class and dropping them off for their afternoon session.

Priority registration deadline is May 25 and is on a first-come, first-serve basis as most classes are restricted to 18 participants.  Most courses will be held on the Southeast campus and surrounding areas.  Building and room assignments, along with a campus map, will be sent with confirmation of registration. 

Cost for the courses range from $99 to $149 and include a t-shirt for each class in which they enroll.

For more information or to register for the camp, visit www.semo.edu/continuinged/horizons/ or call the Office of Extended & Continuing Education (573) 986-6879.