Summer confidence and leadership camps started this week and Missouri Military and will continue through next week.

The leadership camp started Sunday and continues through July 20. The confidence camp is broken into two sessions, with the first taking place this week and the second next week. There is limited availability for the second session, but those interested can call the academy. Both camps require a tuition fee.

Summer confidence camp is for boys ages 8-11. The young men learn teamwork and decision-making skills. The leadership camp allows boys 12-17 to learn leadership skills. Boys also take part in a variety of physical activities off- and on-campus. Campers take part in a high ropes course at the University of Missouri known as Venture Out, and at the academy's rappel tower, rock climbing wall, obstacle courses, paintball field and more. Campers come not only from Missouri but from the country of Mexico, China and Spain.

The MMA camp experiences are designed to build confidence, self-esteem, good decision-making and leadership by providing very active experiences for the boys, academy Director of Marketing and Communications Jennifer O'Donley wrote in a statement.

"Activities challenge them to get out of their comfort zones. For example, rappelling – takes courage and teaches the boys that they can accomplish things they didn’t before think they could," she said. "The Leadership Camp requires teamwork, such as the Leadership Challenge, where (particpants) are divided into squads and have to work together and help each other as they compete against other squads."

The summer co-ed equestrian camp will start July 22. The day camp is still taking applications for participation. There is a charge to participate.

A summer academy also continues through July 19. It started June 23. A residential version is available for boys, but the program also is open to girls as day students.