Camp Courage USA—a nonprofit, independent Christian camp founded by Ronnie and Jennifer Hayes—emboldens children to learn individual strengths, foster social relationships, and paint a mural of fond memories against the canvas of the great outdoors. With a handpicked staff vigorously vetted for exemplary qualities in safety, fun, and water-balloon lobbing prowess, Camp Courage boasts a maximum camper-to-staff ratio of 8 to 1.
The guides at Adventure Ziplines of Branson show how to navigate the treetop canopies year-round. While zipping between platforms at speeds up to 50 miles per hour, guests get unique views of the surrounding Ozarks and the unsung puppeteers that control them. The secure lines use a backup-cable system that prevents accidents, ensuring trips along the 2-mile tracks occur without snags.
The Sky Surfer offers three ways to fly like a superhero. First, riders can emulate Silver Surfer, standing on the board as it traces a half-mile path through Branson and the surrounding woodlands. Second, they can opt to lie on their bellies and fly like Superman, soaring between treetops some 50 feet above the ground. Finally, they can sit down on the board, just like Aquaman when he takes a commercial flight to visit his parents in Skokie. The modular nature of the ride means almost anybody can ride—kids as young as 3 are welcome (though they may want their parents to come with), as is anybody else weighing 275 pounds or less.
The Karts speak for themselves at Xtreme Racing Center. The selection includes European Sodi high-speed racing cars, which boast features such as an integrated drilled engine and a high-strength aluminum steering column. Drivers then burn rubber on the expansive racing course, racing against friends or the clock. On-board transponders track lap times to the thousandth of the second, and racers can pick up score sheets at the end of their heat.
Ozarks Extreme Outdoors Kayak and Canoe Company invites guests to explore the Ozarks at their own pace. In all seasons, visitors enjoy breathtaking views as they paddle along the region's many lakes and rivers. Along the way, guests can scope out wildlife while anglers can make stops to reel in Ozark smallmouth bass.
Safety comes first at New Heights Rock Climbing Gym. Before strapping in at the gym’s top-rope climbing course, all guests have to complete a training lesson that teaches them the skills needed to safely surmount the gym’s walls. Students learn how to tie weight-bearing knots, help friends safely ascend and descend the walls using belaying techniques, and recognize the difference between rocks and Styrofoam coolers that just look like rocks. Once instructors deem them ready, students can then latch onto the colorful rocks sprinkled throughout the climbing space, using their upper-arm strength and path-finding skills to surmount the vertical obstacle course. The angled bouldering course rises over padded mats, allowing guests to safely climb the inclines while working against gravity pulling down their own body weight. The gym opens its doors to parties of all sizes, with one designated instructor for every eight partygoers to ensure climbers stay safe and agile.
Big Rock Climbing Gym's 6,000-square-foot facility welcomes beginners and expert climbers of all ages to scale its varied walls. The gym includes a large main wall with top-rope and lead climbing, a bouldering island, and two bouldering caves. The staff also hosts belaying-certification courses.