Southeast’s Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Camps Kick Off Summer of Fun

The 32nd annual Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Camps at Southeast Missouri State University kicked off this week offering local youth golden tickets to summer adventures.


This year’s Willy Wonka themed Horizons sessions are scheduled from June 18 to July 13 and provide children ages 5-14 fun ways to develop skills not covered in the traditional classroom or summer camp. They are able to explore various career fields and the responsibilities of professionals in their dream careers.

Horizons offer kids educational and fun experiences, and its diverse programming provides opportunities for the local community to engage in unique activities available at the University, said Christy Mershon, interim director of the Economic and Business Engagement Center at Southeast.

“When kids are participating in the labs, they are just so excited, and it’s very cool to see that love of learning,” Mershon said. “Each course uses a hands-on approach to learning that incorporates laboratory experiments and physical activity.”

This year’s lineup includes new programs, along with returning favorites, including “The Greatest Show – Musical Theatre Camp,” “Super Cool Med School,” “CSI–Southeast,” “Let’s Run Off to the Circus,” “Kids Going Green,” “Junior Veterinarian,” “Advanced Robotics,” “Weird Science,” “Ceramics: A World of Pure Imagination,” “Grossology” and “Space Adventure.”

Courses are held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and the surrounding areas, and are taught by Southeast faculty and students, and community leaders, said Mershon.

One of this year’s whimsical and exciting camps is “Let’s Run Off to the Circus,” with instruction by Melinda Held, director of youth programming at The Edge of Cape Girardeau.

“We offer a full aerial arts curriculum intermixed with creative fun play all in a noncompetitive, nurturing environment,” Held said. “We explore, compare and contrast aerial silks, slings, trapeze and the hoop, or ‘lyra.’”

Along with circus fun including balancing, juggling, obstacle courses and games, campers focus on building a strong foundation of safety, strength and skill in a supportive and creative environment.

Held integrates life skills into her classes such as confidence, focus, teamwork, respect, imagination, memory, discipline and coordination.

“Horizons provides amazing educational, active and fun camps to the community,” Held said. “We thought that Horizons camps were a perfect way to let the community know what we have to offer at The Edge.”

Little Horizons classes are available for children 5-8, and traditional Horizons programs are available for youth ages 9-14. Morning, afternoon and all-day sessions are available.

Horizons registration is now open. All classes are $100 plus lab fees. For registration information, including the full lineup of classes, visit or follow Southeast’s Continuing Education on Facebook at

For more information, contact Continuing Education at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 986-6879 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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