Child playing on the uneven bars
Child shooting an arrow during archery lesson
Children fishing at a campus pond
Children canoeing at a campus pond

The Children’s Lifetime Sports Academy (CLSA) was started in 1973 at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) to allow participants the opportunity to interact with Faculty and future Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) in a fun and non-competitive environment. Our goal is to teach the skills, values and appreciations involved in lifetime sports activities which can be utilized throughout life for fun, health and fitness.

Some of the activities we offer include: Canoeing, Rappelling, Fishing, Archery, Obstacle Course, Pickle Ball, Badminton, Recreational Games, Swimming, along with many others. Due to the unpredictability of the weather some activities may not be offered. Each participant will be given one free sno-cone per day per camper. Additional sno-cones can be purchased for $1 each.

For Ages 7-10
Ages 7-10 years old will receive basic (introductory) instruction in a number of lifetime sports.

For Ages 11-12
Ages 11 and 12 will receive intermediate instruction in lifetime sports with emphasis on outdoor adventure activities. Participants will be placed in the following age appropriate groups:

Enrollment Limits
To keep the numbers at a low ratio of instructor to participant we limit enrollment to the first 150 registered participants. It is recommended that you pre-register. If the Academy is not full, registration will take place at the Looney Complex on the first day of camp.

What to Bring
All equipment is furnished by MWSU, HPER Department. However all participants must furnish their own:

  • Tennis Shoes
  • Swimming Suit
  • Towel

The Academy is held in the Looney Complex, the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex and surrounding activity fields. Some of the activities may take place at off-campus sites. Students will be transported in college vehicles and college staff will supervise at all times.

Dropoff and Pickup
Please come to the east side of the Looney Complex each day to deliver and pick up participants.

Leaving Early
No child may leave the CLSA during the afternoon without written consent from a parent or guardian. The note is to be given to the student’s group counselor the day the student will be leaving early.

The cost of the week-long sports academy is $85.00 for the first child in the family and $75.00 for each additional child. CLSA is non-refundable.

On Friday, parents are invited to visit CLSA and observe, take pictures and visit with the instructors and counselors. Please call (816) 271-4491 for more information.

June 1-5, 2020
Times TBD

Cost: $85 for first child, $75 for each additional child
Discounts available for MWSU employees, students, alumni and Gold Coat members.

Register Online

Call (816) 271-4491