Feature photo above, MMA Summer Academy participants march into Barnard Hall on the first day of summer classes.
Missouri Military Academy-sponsored summer programs kicked off Monday, June 20 with the arrival of boys in grades 7-12 for MMA Summer Academy, an academic-focused summer program. Local businesses and residents should expect extra visitors in town throughout the summer as families drop off and pick up their boys for MMA summer activities. During summer 2021, MMA hosted approximately 1500 students for summer programs.
MMA faculty member Rachel Wallace leads a class on the first day of MMA's 2022 Summer Academy. Wallace is teaching the middle school core skills class focused on science.
Helping boys hone academic abilities, learn good study practices and build self-esteem and confidence, Summer Academy is a 4-week residential or day camp experience with two summer school tracks – the Middle School Program (grades 7-8) and the High School Program (grades 9-12).
A residential camp for boys ages 8 to 11, MMA’s Confidence Camp is offered in three separate one-week sessions between June 26-July 1, July 3-8 and July 10-15.
A two-week Leadership Camp for boys ages 12 to 17 will be held July 3-July 15. High demand for Leadership Camp meant that applications for this camp closed in late April. Nearly 150 boys are expected to attend Leadership Camp.
Camps are held at MMA’s 288-acre front and back campus in Mexico, Missouri. The boarding school has a state-of-the-art academic building, air-conditioned residential halls, full gymnasium and workout facilities, Olympic-sized swimming pool, fieldhouse with indoor track, horse stables, paintball course, rappel tower, obstacle course, camping areas and more. Each MMA summer program utilizes these facilities to provide an active and challenging experience for campers.
Summer Academy cadets cool off and fun in MMA's Olympic-sized, indoor pool.
MMA summer programs give boys the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and overcome challenges through activities that improve self-esteem and develop a sense of pride in oneself while socializing with peers their own age. Campers are hosted in a safe, supportive environment, well-supervised by experienced MMA staff and counselors, which include teachers and military veterans trained to impart values of leadership, good character, self-discipline and teamwork in every camper.
In addition to MMA-sponsored programs, the Academy also hosts residential summer programs for the Army JROTC Junior Cadet Leadership, Civil Air Patrol, the Diocese of Jefferson City’s Aquinas Academy, and other organizations, including athletic groups such as martial arts and wrestling camps. Underway on campus since early June, these programs utilize the Academy’s academic, athletic, and outdoor facilities. The Academy also recently hosted the Miss Missouri competition.