Southeast Offering Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Program in June, July



March 31, 2010 – Would you like to be a veterinarian, meteorologist, sculptor or astronaut someday? How would you like to be a crime scene investigator for a week, saddle up on horseback, rock climb, become a veterinarian for a week, learn about other countries, explore the theatre world or make a movie or computer animation?

Area youths can do just that when they enroll in Southeast Missouri State University’s Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment program. Registration opens April 5.

The Horizons program is an exciting way for youth to learn new ideas and skills not covered in the traditional classroom. While most Horizons classes are geared to youth ages 9 to 14, a few classes also are available for children ages 5 to 8 this summer. 

“Horizons classes aren’t just educational, they are fun,” said Christy Mershon, assistant director of Extended and Continuing Education at Southeast.

The Horizons program includes four sessions: June 14-18, June 21-25, July 12-16 and July 19-23. The program offers morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions from 1 to 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 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.

All Horizons courses will be held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and the surrounding areas.  Building and room assignments, along with a campus map, will be sent with confirmation of a child’s registration.

Horizons classes being offered this summer include: “Let’s Make a Movie,”  “Crack Me Up Comedy,” “The Art of Faces and Places: Digital Photography,” “Pottery Madness,” “Musee d’Broadway: Mastering the Masters,” “Cool Math in the Sizzling Summer,” “Who Done It:  Southeast CSI,” “Faux Photos: Faking it with Photoshop,” “Get Animated! Intro to Computer Animation,” “Techno Treasure Hunt: Adventures in GPS/GIS,” “Wilderness Survival for Kids,” “Making Things with Chemistry,” “Cosmic Kids Chemistry with NASA,”  “Reaching New Heights: Basic Rock Climbing & Rappelling,” “Roundup at Rolling Hills Farm,”  “Junior Veterinarian,” “Junior Architect,” “Junior CEO,” “The Apprentice Engineer – Robo Tech,” “Passport to the World,” and “Crazy Comic Creations.”

Classes offered in the “Little Horizons” program for children ages 5-8 include “Marine Biology: Waves, Whales and Wonder,” “Creepy Crawlies Camp,” “Crazy Clay,” “Jr. Dino Dig,” and “Cool Math in the Sizzling Summer!”

Classes are restricted to 18 participants to ensure a quality experience and ample individual attention, Mershon said. All instructors in the program are professionally trained and have practical teaching experience in the areas of instruction. Most of the instructors are Southeast professors. Classes that include lab experiments or those that are physically active will have an assistant to provide additional guidance, she said.

Youth will receive a T-shirt for each course in which they enroll.

Classes range in price from $99 to $139. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment program, call (573) 986-6879. For more information on Horizons, visit