MMA Summer Camps develop grit, resilience and confidence

MMA Summer Camps develop grit, resilience and confidence
An MMA camper climbs MMA's 40-foot rock wall, Confidence Camp, summer 2020. [Submitted photo]

Parents looking to provide opportunities for growth for their children this summer can find options at Missouri Military Academy summer camps. Offering six different summer camp options this year, MMA summer camps give children the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and overcome challenges while socializing with peers.

This combination of fun, accomplishment and encouragement create the ultimate synergy for positive personal development in children.

“Each camp is designed to harness a child’s interest and use that as a confidence-building tool,” Camp Director and Commandant of Cadets Rick Grabowski, Colonel, USMC (ret) said. “Our goal is to make every day fun and memorable while fostering personal growth in each camper.”

Camps are held at MMA’s 288-acre campus in Mexico, Missouri. The 132-year-old boarding school has a state-of-the-art academic building, air-conditioned dorms, full gym, Olympic-sized swimming pool, fieldhouse with indoor track, horse stables, a paintball course and an outdoor challenge obstacle course with a high rope bridge, rappelling and rock climbing walls.

Each camp – regardless of focus – has the opportunity to take advantage of these facilities. Common daily activities include paintball, horseback riding, rappelling and rock climbing wall, rifle marksmanship, pugil sticks, swimming, high ropes, climbing wall and field trips.

MMA offers six different summer camp options
Confidence Camp – for boys grades 4-6 – offers three separate sessions between June 27-July 3, July 5-11 and July 12-18.
Leadership Camp – for boys grades 7-12 – is offered July 5-18.
Academic Camp – for boys and girls grades 7-12 – is offered June 20-July 16.
Equestrian Camp – for boys and girls ages 8 to 18 – offers two separate sessions between June 28-July 1 and July 5-8.
Sports Camp – for boys ages 8 to 14 – is offered July 5-9.
Summer Jazz Academy – for boys and girls ages 12 to 18 – is offered June 20-25.

Campers are hosted in a safe, supportive environment, well-supervised by experienced MMA staff and counselors, which include teachers and military leaders trained to impart values of leadership, good character, self-discipline and teamwork in every camper.

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