The Salmon Lake Youth Camp, a Montana youth outdoor leadership camp, held its inaugural leadership and outdoor adventure challenge session this week.

The camp was founded by Steve Sann. As executive director, he was assisted by Sid Graef and Brent Gyuricza at the four-day sessions titled “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” Upwards of 25 young people participated in outdoor activities and leadership training.

The camp is located on about 300 acres of mountain land along Salmon Lake. Sann said it’s been a dream of his since he first started working in youth ministries at age 19.

The campers focused on a blend of outdoor adventure and leadership development based on foundational beliefs, camp organizers said. Outdoor challenges included rock climbing and river kayaking culminating in a climb to and campout on the summit of Squirrel Peak. In addition, organizers said campers explored “the basic principles that drove our Founding Fathers to join together to seek freedom over 230 years ago.”

Graef is a small-business owner, entrepreneur, father, consultant, speaker and trainer. Graef served as a pastor for 10 years, and has served on the board of private schools in Montana, according to the camp’s news release.

Gyuricza is the founder and executive director of the City Life Community Center in Missoula and the executive director of the Greater Missoula Youth for Christ.

The 34,000 sq. ft. City Life Center is attended by more than 2,500 Montana high school and middle school kids yearly, with an annual budget of over $750,000, according to the release.

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