The Better Golf Academy emerged from a straightforward goal: golf instructor James Pugliese wanted to develop a curriculum that would simplify the golf swing. Though originally designed for children, Pugliese's six-step approach helps golfers of all ages on their path to a straighter and longer ball flight free of upside-down loop. Golfers who learn under his curriculum will zero in on the mechanics for a successful grip, setup, takeaway, backswing, downswing, and finish, shaping their swing in easy-to-understand increments. Pugliese's model has proven so effective that it now has grown into an international, spikey-soled footprint.
Chef Craiger Van Zee started his grilling career at age 12. Now, after 40 years in the food and beverage industry, Chef Craiger has become a strong proponent of the saying "practice makes perfect." Through To Grill or Not to Grill, the chef has passed his hard-won cooking experience to more than 3,500 students. Chef Craiger smoothly divulges tips and advice to classes with cooking demonstrations and field trips to the mystical talking spatula, and helps clients master their own grills with at-home group lessons tailored to the grill's specific make and model.
When it comes to musical instruction, Musician's Depot's field of talent is deep. Practiced instructors, many of whom work as studio musicians and perform in their own bands, teach almost every instrument imaginable, from guitar and drums to flute, violin, and french horn. Kids and adults alike can stop in for a lesson, peruse the stock of instruments for sale, or rent an instrument month-to-month before they commit to full ownership.
Rock and Roll High turns children into rockstars through lessons and summer camps that mold eager novices into capable maestros. Popular week-long summer camps help kids assemble bands, practice their instrument and write songs, and even shoot a music video. At-home lessons for children or adults cover a choice of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and voice.
After a silent winter and spring, the rock-climbing wall and go-kart track are waiting impatiently for summer to arrive, eager for the influx of laughter and ebullient burst of life that comes with it. The empty cabins and sports fields spread across Camp Cottontail’s 200-acre land share the sentiment, as they’ve been locked in this cycle of yearning for summer since the camp’s construction in 1958. The sprawling camp finally comes alive once flocks of young campers take over, orchestrating a symphony of sounds of kids splashing into the pool, giggling over arts and crafts, and singing around a crackling bonfire as night unfolds around them. Following in the footsteps of generations of campers before them, the kids spend each balmy summer day immersed in well-planned daily programs comprised of high-energy activities.
A past camper whose influence is felt throughout the camp is Lynn Pedroza, who assumed ownership of Cottontail in 2009. Having spent every summer since 1984 as a staff member, Lynn bought the camp with the sole intent of upholding the previous owners’ dedication to granting campers the best summer possible. Her commitment to the camp’s tradition of excellence is reflected in her meticulously selected staff of counselors and instructors, all of whom undergo extensive background checks and are certified in CPR and first aid. The staffers take campers under their wings, teaching them new skills such as how to shoot an arrow or how to save a friendship with a meaningful lanyard bracelet. Optional offsite activities and special trips bolster the camp experience. While daily schedules are determined by each camper, the camp comes together for beloved events including Skit Night, Counselor Dress-Up, and the camp dance.
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