Encompassing 983 acres in the Shawnee National Forest, Camp Ondessonk has championed kids’ fun, teamwork, and confidence-building since 1959. An emphasis on the outdoors, including open-air cabins and lake- and creek-swimming, encourages campers to trade concrete mindsets for more sylvan psyches. The one-week coed session, which runs from July 31 to August 6, packs a range of arcadian activities into youthful schedules, including two horseback rides, archery and riflery practice, canoeing, and an overnight campout under smogless, star-flecked skies (with gender-specific sleeping arrangements). Tenderfeet seeking to bolster their survival skills learn knots and lashings, how to build one-match fires, and the proper method for skinning and roasting wild marshmallows.
Boys & Girls Club of Cape Girardeau provides children with programming that encourages them to participate in the democratic process and become the future leaders of the world. Club programs develop leadership potential and target community-based activities to help participants learn and grow. Through working at bake sales, volunteering on service days, and attending zoo field trips, young participants can gain a connection with and respect for their community, enhancing their communication skills and self-esteem. The organization also works with youth to establish strong education and career goals, teach them about financial success, and improve their academic abilities through tutoring and cognitively challenging games
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, a USDA–approved big-cat rescue facility, plays motherly host to a roaring family composed of five tigers and a lone lioness with a sultry swagger. Adopting philanthropists can align with their striped or unstriped spirit animal, choosing from noble felines such as the elder Mohan—a white male tiger with blue eyes, a pink nose, and a natural screen presence—or Raja—the relentlessly caring mother of sisters Gracie and Thor.
Laci’s PhotoBooth preserves memories in the form of unlimited 2”x6” photos and digital galleries at weddings, birthday parties, and galas. A magnet for partygoers, the photo booth lures them into its portable studio to don novelty props as they pose for a photo, which is printed on the spot, archived on a CD, and collected in an online gallery. To further capture the spirit of an event, hosts can customize the photos with logos or messages—such as their name and the date of the event. Some of the booths boast VideoBooth technology, which not only snaps photos, but records video footage of attendees congratulating the newlyweds, wishing the guest of honor a happy birthday, or laying down a impenetrable alibi. A dutiful attendant accompanies every booth to set it up and stand by for the duration of the event to assist with pictures and props.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don?t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan?s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.