Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Putt-Putt Fun Center combats the doldrums with the triumvirate of putt-putt golf, go-karts, and arcade games. The center boasts three themed putt putt golf courses, one of which rumbles the ground under golfers’ feet with a volcano that regularly spews a ball of fire 20 feet into the air after the sun sets. Meanwhile in the Race Zone, go-karts zip around a track designed to accommodate all ages of driver, and double-seated family karts allow underage riders to tag along. The arcades allows guests to continue the simulation of extreme experiences with games such as Big Buck Hunter Safari, which helps players to feel the hunter-gatherer’s feeling of elation at a kill or shame at having to return home with rock stew. After a long day of activity, the center’s Snack Shack facilitates the scarfing of pizza, hot dogs, and soft pretzels, which can be washed down with a bottled Coke.:m]]
The instructors at ASP Diving train every day of the week so they can bring the most current knowledge to their students. They offer a full menu of courses that range from PADI open-water scuba certification to other specialty certifications such as cave diving, ice diving, and wreck diving. They also service and repair equipment at the shop, or allow customers to peruse a vast line of gear and apparel from brands such as Trident, Dive Rite, and Scuba Pro.
Inspired Shot, a recently formed nonprofit, is headed by an NRA-appointed training counselor who uses his own range or goes on location to teach the fundamentals of gun safety and concealed-carry laws specific to the region and surrounding states. He provides all required class items, furnishing ammunition, firearms, portable targets, benches, and stands for practice shooting. He teaches NRA curriculum and can also train others to become NRA instructors.
Hailing from successful careers in the service and hospitality industries, the Skydive Lake Wawasee staff care as much about each guest’s comfort as they do about their safety. They lead a team of experienced instructors who begin each jump with a thorough lesson on safety and techniques. They accompany both beginning and advanced skydivers high into the atmosphere, where they safely perform exhilarating tandem jumps. To challenge their most experienced customers, they oversee single jumps. As skydivers gracefully float to the ground, they soak in views of Lake Wawasee, Indiana's largest natural lake.
A pilot mans the cockpit while an optional videographer captures the airborne adventure. They harness multiple camera angles to catch every bit of action on film, which guests can use as evidence to teach the neighborhood sparrows a thing or two about flight. The jumper’s entourage of friends and family can "oooh" and "ahhhh" as they watch the thrilling descent through the soft landing in the grass fields of Lake Wawasee Airport.