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From art to outdoor adventures and leadership to sports, there’s sure to be a camp that fits your child’s interests this summer in western Montana.

And to help you plan, a free Kids Camp Expo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mismo Gymnastics, 1900 W. Broadway.

Animal camps

Humane Society of Western Montana’s Critter Camps, Humane Society of Western Montana, 5930 Highway 93 S. Critter Camp, June 24-27 and July 15-18 for ages 7-8; July 8-11 and 22-25 for ages 9-11. $150. California Littles Camp, June 17-20 and July 30-Aug. 1 for ages 7-11, for returning campers who have already attended a Critter Camp in 2014 or previous years. $175. Critter Camps focus on caring for companion animals, learning about wildlife and making new friends, both two- and four-legged. Campers will participate in educational, animal-related games and art projects, and learn about wildlife and companion animals from many different animal organizations. Activities include caring for adoptable cats, clicker training dogs, baking dog biscuits, socializing kittens and more. At Critter Camp, children will build a sense of kindness, respect and responsibility for all animals and life. California Littles Camp focuses on caring for small breed dogs from the time they are rescued from overcrowded California shelters to the time they are adopted. In this specialized camp, Campers will be responsible for everything from naming and vaccinating their “little” to training and working with adopters. The enrollment fee includes all supplies, presentations and a tote bag. Each camper will need to bring a bag lunch and two snacks daily. Applications are available at HSWM and at Contact Mariah, HSWM program manager, at or 549-4796. Only 15 spaces are available in each session, so register in advance.

Art camps

Art Camp for budding artists sponsored by Art Focus. Painting, drawing, recycled art and more. The resulting art will be included in an art show held during Daly Days in July and at the Ravalli County Fair. Classes held at Art Focus, 215 Main St., Hamilton. Sign ups begin May 2, 5-8 p.m. at Art Focus or call 369-0999.

Coach Shane’s Super Awesome Storytime Adventure Camp. “Professor Of Fun” will instruct campers on developing elements of a successful story so that campers may begin the week constructing their own story, learn to illustrate, adapt to screenplay and direct a live interpretation of their own story. At week’s end, the campers will bring home their own book. Gymnastics/Creative movement and camp games will be held throughout the week as well. Campers also will be encouraged to contribute their own chapters to the “Old Man Bartleby” series. Tie-dyed shirts will be made Wednesday and returned Friday with the official camp logo. June 16-20, June 23-27 and Aug. 25-29. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with optional early/after care and Friday individual/group photos. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, campers bring lunch. Peaceful Heart Yoga Studio is located in Warehouse Mall. The cost is $150 per week. Call 241-4730, email or look on Facebook at for more info.

Shadow Mountain Art Studio, 2825 Stockyard Road, A-10, presents summer Kids Art Sampler classes for ages 7-18. All class times are based on enrollment and may be changed. Art Sampler classes are an opportunity for your child to learn basic art skills and experience different art mediums and techniques, such as introduction to pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and pastel drawing, and watercolor and acrylic painting, taught in a relaxed atmosphere by an experienced teacher. All materials and supplies will be provided by the instructor and are included in the cost, which is $20 per class. Classes are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited. Call Emily at 239-4460.

Zootown Arts Community Center Summer Camps. Inspiring camps taught by experienced artists and teachers. Nine-week long summer school covers a variety of different disciplines including drama, dance, visual art, slapstick comedy, textiles, sculpture, even MATH and art. Maximum of 12 kids in each camp. Each camp is aimed at creating community connections, building self esteem, and helping youth to access their creative voice. Sign up online at or call 549-7555. Prices: half day, $80 members, $90 non-members. Youth enrolled in both morning and afternoon camps of the same week will stay through the lunch hour and walk to the park for lunch.

  •  June 16-20, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “Eco Books” with Lisa Hendricks. Make a book a day, with reused/recycled materials. 1-4 p.m., “Fun With Felt and Dye” with Melissa Thompson. Explore the possibilities of using Kool-Aid to dye loose wool fibers and pre-felted sheets to use in making potholders and throw pillows. Younger students will make potholders with both bold design and organic shapes. Older students will draw out the design for their pillows, felt them and sew them together.
  •  June 23-27, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “Explore the World of Art and Math” with Kathy Owens. 1-4 p.m., “Community Garden Art” with Garden City Harvest and Karlene Kantner. Make art for the Northside Community Garden.
  •  July 7-11, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “Make A Clay Tile Mural” with Heather Fortner. 1-4 p.m., “Make a Community Labyrinth” with Kendall Rogers.
  •  July 14-18, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “Mosaic Bug Rocks” with Heather Fortner. Create a mosaic that resembles a bug of your choice. 1-4 p.m., “Art and Nature” with Yael Warshai. Explore the multiple intersections between art and nature.
  •  July 21-25, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “Make A Pottery World” with Kendall Rogers.Learn a variety of techniques and make several projects with clay. 1-4 p.m., “African Music and Dance” with Tarn Ream. Engage in dancing and learning choreography, singing, playing drums, and making costumes with recycled materials, culminating in a performance at the end of the week.
  •  July 28-Aug. 1, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “Paper Mache Pets and Other Creatures” with Heather Fortner. Create animal sculptures of their choice using paper mache. 1-4 p.m., “Cartooning Camp: Learn to Draw Cartoons and Comics” with Spencer Bryant.
  •  Aug. 4-8, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “Slapstick Comedy” with Rebecca Schaffer. Learn the fundamentals of physical comedy, including how to run into walls, trip and fall, and engage in fisticuffs, all in the name of having a good old-fashioned, side-splitting good time. 1-4 p.m., “Play-Making-Devised Theatre For Youth” with Rebecca Schaffer. Collaboratively brainstorm a story concept, location, characters, conflicts, and relationships.
  •  Aug. 11-16, ages 6-12. 9 a.m.-noon, “I’m A Little Teapot” with Kendall Rogers. Create teapots out of clay using basic methods of hand-building, pinch-pots, slab building, and coils. 1-4 p.m., “Join The Treasure Hunt” with Karlene Kantner. Become Creative Cartographers through autobiographical map-making. Learn about conventional maps and invent your own.

Summer Camps for ages 5-13 and family workshops, Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St., Unit A. Children can explore creative interests in ceramics, focusing on self-expression through hand-building techniques. Call 543-0509 or visit

Missoula Art Museum Summer Camps, 335 N. Pattee St. This summer brings some big and very positive changes for the Missoula Art Museum summer camp programs. Art camps are still offered for the general public while expanding outreach to provide quality art programs for other organizations. Through the support of the Washington Foundation, MAM will be offering free tours and art classes to campers with the YMCA, Missoula Parks and Recreation, WORD’s Arts and Leadership Camp, and other community groups that serve low income youth. To register for classes, call 728-0447 or visit Scholarships are available for classes and workshops thanks to MAM members. Please note, prices are listed member/non-member.

  •  June 16-20, “Raptors and Art” with Bev Glueckert and Kate Davis, 10 a.m.-noon, ages 7-12, $67.50/$75. Campers will make drawing and sculptures while studying and observing live raptors as Kate Davis of Raptors of the Rockies brings her magnificent birds into the museum for inspiration and close observation.
  •  June 24-25, “Old and Young Together: Museum Exploration” with Susie Risho and Melissa Madsen, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 6-12. Grandparents and their favorite little ones will get a first-hand view of the museum, going into the vault where the art collection lives, and tour the current exhibitions with the Education Curator. Afterward the pairs will make art with artist Susie Risho and Melissa Madsen in MAM’s classroom. This class is offered in conjunction with the University of Montana’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Call 243-2905 to register.
  •  June 30-July 3, “Preschool Art Exploration” with Jolena Ryan, 10:30 a.m.-noon, ages 3-4, $36/$40. Little campers will collage, sculpt, mix color, make prints and craft. Jolena will nurture and encourage the fun and exploration.
  •  July 7-11, “Summertime – Drawing Time” with Jolena Ryan, 10 a.m.-noon, ages 7-12, $54/$60. Learn the basics of still-life, proportion, perspective and visual skills that help them to draw what they see.
  •  July 14-18, “Art and the Written Word” with Erin Roberts, 10 a.m.-noon, ages 7-12, $54/$60. This summer the museum is filled with master painters and visual storytellers Edgar Paxson and Bill Ohrmann. Inspired by these artists, campers will write poetry and prose and then create their own visual art telling their own stories.
  •  July 21-25, “Color My World (with Paint!)” with Erin Roberts, 10 a.m.-noon, ages 7-12, $54/$60. Start with flowers (a la Georgia O’Keefe) and the basics of color mixing before taking campers out to look at the natural world for inspiration. Trees, mountains, bugs and bunnies are all there for us to capture in paint.
  •  Aug. 4-8, “Young at Art – Art Start” with Susie Risho, 10:30 a.m.-noon, ages 5-6, $36/$40. Activities include collage, book-making, painting and drawing as well as some creative storytelling.
  •  Aug. 11-15, “Incredible Invertebrates: Insects in Art” with Lisa Hendricks and Jennifer Ogden, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 8-12, $72/$80. Explore the insects of the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium.
  •  Saturday Family free art workshops. Older children can delve into projects on their own but parents are asked to stay and work with children under age 7. Workshops meet 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free of charge and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  •  May 3, “Mod, Moving, Mini Sculptures” with Alison Reintjes.
  •  May 10, “Marbling” with Shelly Riesig and Martha Elizabeth.
  •  June 14, “Tie dye” with Erin Roberts.
  •  July 12, “Tempera Batik” with Cindy Laundrie.
  •  Aug. 9, “Papermaking” with Erin Roberts.

For ages 14 and older:

  •  May 10, “Paper Marbling” with Shelly Reisig and Martha Elizabeth, 1:30-3:30 p.m., $18/$20. For adults and teens ages 14 and older.
  •  June 28, “Personality Hats” with Nancy Rishoff, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., $13.50/$15.

Boy Scout camps

Summer Camps 2014, Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council. Each youth participant must be a registered Cub Scout, Webelos, Boy Scout, Venturer, Sea Scout or Explorer Scout. The registration fee to become a Boy Scout is $24. Contact your local Boy Scout Service Center, call 761-6000, or go to Camp scholarships are available.

Cub Scouts (boys completing first through fourth grades)

  •  Bitterroot District’s Cub Scout Day Camp, “Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Fun!” Ambrose Park, near Lone Rock School, between Florence and Stevensville, June 14, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Webelos overnight, for boys completing grades 3 and 4, is June 13. Activities include a treasure hunt, compass course, archery, water activity, BB guns, and an obstacle course. Registration deadline is May 15. Contact Camp Director Shannon Gentry, 493-6670, Boys must be registered Scouts to participate. Contact Shon Ostler for more information,, 671-5670.
  •  Mullan Trail District’s Cub Scout Day Camp, “Wild Wild West,” Fort Missoula, June 26-28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Tiger and Wolf Scouts (boys completing grades 1 and 2) will attend camp June 26. Registration $45. Bear and Webelos Scouts (boys completing grades 3 and 4) will attend camp June 27-28. Registration $55. The fee includes a T-shirt, activities and awards. Events will include BB guns, archery, crafts and much more. Contact Camp Director Cami Thompson, 880-7113, Boys must be registered Scouts to participate. Contact Shon Ostler for more information,, 671-5670.
  •  Silver Tip District’s Cub Scout Day Camp for boys completing grades 1-4, July 8-9, Chuck Dixon 4-H Camp, King’s Point, north of Polson. $25. Contact Camp Director Donna Terry, 883-1606, Boys must be registered Cub Scouts to participate. Contact Mitch McKinley for more information, 390-2402,
  •  Webelo Scouts Resident Camp, Grizzly Base Camp near Kalispell. Webelos Resident Camp is an incredible four days and three nights camping experience for Cub Scouts entering grades 4-5, July 27-30 or July 30-Aug. 2. The lake offers swimming and other water events. Webelos may participate in BB gun shooting, archery, crafts and games. Campfires, hikes and working on activity pin requirements are some of the activities offered. $115 youth; $75 adults. Contact Michelle Ferguson, Camp Registrar, 761-6000,, or

Boy Scout Camps for Boy Scouts entering grades 6-12.

  •  Melita Island Boy Scout Camp is a 64-acre island with about two miles of shoreline in Flathead Lake. Traditional summer camp programs are offered, including Trail to First Class, Scoutcraft, Nature and Field Sports. The major focus of Melita is its unique aquatics program, which includes swimming, canoeing, rowing, fishing, small boat sailing, lifesaving, water skiing, motor boating, mile swim, snorkeling, sail boarding and BSA Lifeguard. Meals are served in the beautiful, historical lodge. Other facilities include an amphitheatre, trading post and showers. Older scouts 14- to 17-years-old are challenged with the Advanced Campers Program featuring water sports, sailboarding and snorkeling as well as a day’s excursion to Wild Horse Island. July 6-12, July 13-19; July 20-26; July 27-Aug. 2; Aug. 3-9. Montana Scouts: $270; Montana adults $135. Fees include all dining hall meals. Call Michelle Ferguson, Camp Registrar, 761-6000,, or
  •  National Youth Leadership Training. This is a co-ed event, open to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, including females ages 14-21. NYLT is an intensive six-day course. Modern leadership theory is delivered in a team setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. The course is an exciting combination of classroom and fun outdoor activities providing a challenging and rewarding learning experience. Participants cook meals and work in their teams throughout the course. Teams are composed of diverse participants in order to promote individuals making new friends and learning about others. June 22-28, Grizzly Base Camp, near Bigfork. $250. Contact Course Director Tony Higuera at 552-3404, or
  •  Montana High Adventure Base. June 29-July 6, July 6-13, July 13-20, July 20-27, July 27-Aug. 3, Aug. 3-10. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch, Dupuyer and Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Participants must be 14 years of age OR completed eighth grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation. MOHAB is the Montana High Adventure Base – the nation’s premiere wilderness expedition program serving the High Adventure needs of Boy Scouts and Venturers worldwide. MOHAB’s uniqueness is defined by its remote location, wilderness character, and multi-sport expedition travel. Wilderness trekking and packrafting are offered. Packrafting allows Scouts and leaders to travel in solo, lightweight inflatable whitewater rafts – safely and quickly – down wilderness rivers. MOHAB offered the world’s first packrafting program for Scouts in 2013, and is the only High Adventure Base in the United States that offers a Wilderness Packrafting curriculum. $375-$550. Contact Ryan Jordan, Program Director, MOHAB, 1627 W. Main St. Ste 310, Bozeman, MT 59715, 595-4453,

Childhood camps

The Spirit at Play summer session. June 16-Aug. 21, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ages 3-9. Visit; email director Kelly Clouse at or call 728-7001. $807 for five days per week; $651 for four days per week; $495 for three days per week and $334 for two days per week. The summer session will be filled with numerous indoor and outdoor adventures. The curriculum is always more relaxed and revolves around exploration and enjoying the warm summer months outside. There will be an “open school” day each Wednesday for approximately one hour where all children will get to choose which classroom activity they want to participate in. Some of the activities that will be available include yoga, theater, clay, cooking, gardening, jewelry making and so much more. Children of all ages will be able to interact and this will allow siblings an opportunity to be together if they choose. Special game day and barbecue cook out/group lunch on Fridays. Exploring the many water parks, climbing local hills, and enjoying many of the local festivities held downtown is also on the summer agenda. Also, swimming lessons at the Grizzly Pool (with a four week, Monday-Friday, 30 minute session from July 7-Aug. 1), practice our soccer skills with soccer classes June 23- July 2 and practice basketball at Willard Park with Hoopster classes Aug. 4-15.

Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center 2014 camps. Register at Scholarships available. Wilderness Kids Club, Mondays and Tuesday, June 16-July 15 or Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 18-July 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-12, Trumble Creek Camp at F.H. Stoltze site between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, $375.

  •  Camp Night Hawk, July 28-Aug. 1, Trumble Creek Camp at F.H. Stoltze site between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, ages 10-12, $525.
  •  Teen Overnight Camp, Aug. 5-10, Trumble Creek Camp at F.H. Stoltze site between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, $575.
  •  Family Camp, Aug. 14, 16, Trumble Creek Camp at F.H. Stoltze site between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, $495, $350 if enrolled in a summer camp.
  •  Rookery Day Camp, Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Herron Park, south of Kalispell, ages 6-9, $260.
  • nType I Diabetes Day Camp, Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Trumble Creek Camp at F.H. Stoltze site between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, ages 16-17, $275.

Missoula Valley Montessori – “A Montessori Summer.” In the cool hours of the morning the children will be outside planting and tending our garden beds, riding bikes, running through sprinklers and having outdoor adventures. While inside they will have exposure to the brilliant Montessori materials. The children will donate the garden harvest to a local charity so that their efforts are shared with others. Three sessions are offered – June 16-July 3, $450. July 7-25, $450. July 28-Aug. 8, $300. This camp is designed for children ages 3-7. Inquiries can be sent to or by calling 880-2819.

St. Joseph Summer Discovery session for children ages 2 (potty trained) to grade 5. Older children will be in separate classrooms from younger. The program runs on a punch card system; come a little or a lot. It is not necessary to be a St. Joseph School student. June 16-20, “Treasure Hunting,” field trip Geo caching and Out to Lunch. June 23-27, “Sports Tours,” see the Osprey, Maulers and Grizzlies. June 30-July3, “USA,” visit the ROTC and Out to Lunch. July 7-11, “Gardening Renewable Resources,” visit Missoula MUD, Caras Nursery, PEAS Farm. July 14-18, “Our Town/Around the World/Cultures,” scavenger hunts visit Fort Missoula, Geo Caching. July21-25, “Camping/Great Outdoors,” Forestry, visit REI, tent building, fishing. July 28-Aug. 1, “Hometown Heroes,” visit a fire Station, Smokejumper and Police Station. Aug. 4-8, “Theatre/Movies,” visit the UM Theatre, KECI, Carmike. Ongoing activities will include trips to Sacajawea Park, Summer Discovery journals, daily reading and bridging activities to keep up academic skills, “walking across the U.S.” (counting miles walked throughout summer to see how far we have walked, parks and water parks in town.) $25 nonrefundable registration fee. Five day punch card, $150; 10 day punch card, $290. You may come on the days you’d like, however, a 24-hour advance notice is required. Register online at Call 549-7648; email

Primrose Montessori School Summer Camps, 600 South Ave. E. June 16-20, “Fairytales and More,” get creative in the kitchen, make fairy houses. June 23-27, “Soap Making and Paper Making.” June 30-July 3, “Kingami, Origami and Swedish Paper Design.” July 7-11, “Dream Catchers, Talking Sticks and Native American Culture.” July 14-18, “Felting, Weaving and Sewing.” July 21-25, “Garden Harvest,” make a birdfeeder, visit PEAS farm and make herb bread. July 28-Aug. 1, “Cooking Class.” Full day, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; half day, 8:30 a.m.-noon or noon-3 p.m. Come all summer, choose individual sessions or your child may keep his/her school year schedule. If he/she keeps their schedule, the tuition remains the same. Cost is $75 per week for half-day, $150 per week for full day. Call Nancy Deskins, 728-7383, or email

Garden City Montessori. Garden City Arts and Adventure Summer Program. June 11-14, “Dig ’n It.” June 17-21, “Wet and Wild.” June 24-28, “Nuestra Cindad – Our City.” July 1-4, “La Vida en la Granja – Life on the Farm.” July 8-12, “Playing with Clay.” July 15-19, “Our Native Montana!” Garden City Montessori School, 3035 S. Russell St. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Early drop-off available at 8:30 a.m. For fees and more information, call 240-0290 or visit

Missoula Community School summer camps for children ages 3 to 8. Camp programs are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with an extended day option. Five-day week, $180 ($240 extended care day); three-day week, $110 ($150 extended care day); Session 3 only, $145 ($195 extended care day). Session 1, June 16-20, “Hello Summer!” Session 2, June 23-27, “Dinosaurs!” Session 3, June 30-July 3, “Ode to Mud.” Session 4, July 7-11, “Let’s Build!” Session 5, July 14-18, “Mythical & Magical.” Session 6, July 21-25, “Mad Scientist.” Session 7, July 28-Aug. 1, “Naturally Naturalists.” Session 8, Aug. 4-8 “Best of the Best.” Contact 542-2833. 239 S. Fifth St. W., Missoula, 59802. Visit or email

Kid Central has full-day openings available for ages 6-12, June-August, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, snack; weekly themed activities and field trips to Missoula-area parks and attractions. $30 per day for first child, with a discount for additional children. Monthly rate available. Call 549-1915 for more information and enrollment incentives.

Little PEAS Summer Camps at the PEAS Farm, 3010 Duncan Drive. Camp offers children a window into how people, plants and animals come together to create a farm community. Learn about sustainable farming and our food system. Campers will explore life on a farm, learning about how food gets from the field to our plates, plant and animal lifecycles, and have fun outside, playing games and splashing in Rattlesnake Creek. Campers will help plant, harvest and eat vegetables. Four sessions run June through August for children entering first through fifth grade; 9 a.m.-3 p.m, Monday-Thursday, June 23-26, July 14-17 and Aug. 4-7. $175 for each session. Call 239-5524 or visit

The Boys & Girls Club Summer Camps, Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30 p.m., June 9-Aug. 22, City Life Community Center, 1515 Fairview Ave. Suite 243. $105-$125 per week, sliding scale based on income or $27.50 per day. Registration forms available at or by calling 542-3116.

Lil’ Griz Day Camp for ages 4-10. Camp runs from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Child care is available before and after. At the beginning of each day, campers will have the opportunity for fun centers including arts and crafts, free play, games, science experiments, music and much more. Following a morning of activities, campers will head out to enjoy the day. Swimming, parks, carousels, museums and more. Registration forms available at Lil’ Griz Cub House, 2100 Stephens Ave., Suite 116. For more information, visit or call 549-4848.

Clark Fork School Shooting Stars Preschool Camp for children 3 to 5 years old. Camps engage children in meaningful and fun place-based education activities, with exceptional educators and a low student to teacher ratio. Join Clark Fork School and enjoy nature’s calming influence, physical activity, and scientific inquiry combined in an educational experience unlike any other in Missoula. Sessions available are Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $53/$78 per week; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $53/$78 per week; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $24/$36 per week. Schedules can be combined. After care is available until 6:00 p.m. June 9-13, “My Five Senses.” June 16-20, “Storytelling Spectacular!” June 23-27, “Play Team.” June 30-July 3, “Messy Science.”

July 7-11, “Growing Your Green Thumb.” July 14-18, “Bug Out.” July 21-25, “Play Team.”

July 28-Aug. 1, “Flora and Fauna.” Aug. 4-8, “Weather Wizards.” Aug. 11-15, “Art Explorations.” For more information, visit or call 728-3395. Clark Fork School is located at 2525 Rattlesnake Drive.

Clark Fork School Kinnikinnick Summer Camp for children in kindergarten through first grade. CFS offers 10 weeks of adventure. Our summer camps engage children in meaningful and fun place-based activities, with exceptional educators and a low student-to-teacher ratio. Join Clark Fork School and enjoy nature’s calming influence, physical activity and scientific inquiry combined in an educational experience unlike any other in Missoula. June 9-13, “Inquisitive Investigators.” June 16-20, “Nature-Crafters.” June 23-27, “Explore Planet Earth.” June 30-July 3, “Stream Team.” July 7-11, “Wacky Weather.” July 14-18, “Play Team.” July 21-25, “Pollinator Frenzy.” July 28-August 1, “Nature’s Collaborators.” August 4-8, “Bug Life.” August 11-15, “Forest Forts.” Each week, camp runs Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care until 6 p.m. is available. The standard cost each week is $160 with discounts for siblings. For more information, visit or call 728-3395. Clark Fork School is located at 2525 Rattlesnake Drive.

Clark Fork School Kids-Niche Summer Camp for children in second through fifth grade. CFS offers 10 weeks of adventure. Our summer camps engage children in meaningful and fun place-based activities, with exceptional educators and a low student-to-teacher ratio. Join Clark Fork School and enjoy nature’s calming influence, physical activity, and scientific inquiry combined in an educational experience unlike any other in Missoula. June 9-13, “Inquisitive Investigators.” June 16-20, “Forest Forts.” June 23-27, “Outdoor Adventures.” June 30-July3, “Nature’s Dining Room.” July 7-11, “Explore and Enthrall.” July 14-18, “Curious Crusaders.” July 21-25, “River, Rain, and Rowboats.” July 28-Aug. 1, “GPS Adventures.”

Aug. 4-8, “Weather Wizards.” August 11-15, “Nature’s Artists.” Each week, camp runs Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care until 6 p.m. is available. The standard cost each week is $160 with discounts for siblings. For more information, visit or call 728-3395. Clark Fork School is located at 2525 Rattlesnake Drive.

Campus Recreation youth camps, June 16-Aug. 22, open to grades K-5. Each week, campers have the opportunity to take part in swimming instruction, fitness activities, outdoor adventures that go along with an activity thejme. Call 243-5295 or visit

Summer programs at Sussex School. “Edible Missoula,” June 9-13, June 30-July 3 and Aug. 11-15; “Outdoor Adventures, & Skills,” July 7-11 and Aug. 4-8; “Arts and Sports,” Jull 14-18; “Fairies, Pirates & Trolls,” July 21-25. Children grades 1-8, 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. $160 per week. Call 549-8327 or visit

Cooking camps

Cooking Club Camp for ages 5-8 and another for ages 8 and older. Chop, dice, mince, mix, stir, sauté, boil and bake with teacher Suzette Dussault. Prepare delicious and nutritious food (including international foods) while learning about good food, food that’s good for you, cooking how-to’s and kitchen safety. Family dessert will be served Thursday or Friday night. Camp will run from 12:30-4:30 p.m. each day. $125 (food provided), enrollment limited to 8. Call 543-4006 to register. Dates to be arranged.

University of Montana Dining Summer Garden and Cooking Camp for grades 6-8, July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Camp balances gardening and cooking by utilizing the UMD Garden and UM campus as a living-learning laboratory. $175 per week, includes lunch, materials and T-shirt. For more information or to register call 243-6325 or email

Equestrian camps

Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding will host equine day camps July through Sept. 1. Enrollment is limited with parental consent and includes challenged riders as well as able-bodied participants. No more than 10 participants are accepted a day, but students may attend more than one day on a space-available basis. Students are required to furnish their own transportation, lunches and snacks. Call Linda Olson 880-6599 for more information. Visit

Flying H Stables Equestrian Camps, 13699 Mullan Road. June 23-25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $295, includes lunch. The camp offers quality, professional and individual instruction in horsemanship in a beautiful ranch setting. Unique experience of getting to know horses, care, feeding and especially riding is what we are known for. For children ages 6-16 who are interested in horses and horse safety. Guest lectures by a farrier, a veterinarian and other horse professionals. Each student will receive a notebook, T-shirt, 8-by-10-inch color photograph of the class and a certificate upon completion. Call 543-7433 or visit

Dunrovin Ranch Horse Camp, June 23-27, July 7-11 and Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with before and after care available. Each camp is divided into two groups dependent on age: grade-schoolers 8- to 11-years-old; and middle-schoolers 12- to 14-years-old. Safety, responsibility, respect, education and FUN are emphasized. All activities are conducted out of doors. Campers bring their own lunch, snacks, water bottles and appropriate clothing for each day’s activities. Enrollment is limited. $375 per child with before/after day care $5 per hour. Call 273-7745 or visit

Kootenai Creek Ranch Summer Day Camp. A unique one week multidisciplinary horse camp for children ages 7-15, which includes horsemanship, art, dance and drama. Taught by professional instructors and family trio: Malika Coston, horsemanship; Marina Weatherly, art; Elenita Brown, dance and drama. Celebrating 21 years of day camp, offering a unique, joyful and exciting learning experience at Kootenai Creek Ranch. For more information and to receive an application form, call 777-3546 or visit

Lone Ram Ranch, located near the North Fork of the Blackfoot River, Ovando. Day and overnight camp options. All level of riders. Activities include riding lessons, trail ride, archery, chapel, crafts, singing, skits, water games and more. Scholarships available. Phone 826-5241 or visit

Filmmaking camps

Missoula Community Access Television summer camps in media. June 16-20, “Media Camp,” visit area television radio stations; make a short documentary about the visits. July 7-11, “Animation Camp,” involves stop-action creativity with Legos, play dough and wire figures. July 28-Aug. 8, “Movie Making Camp,” make a short fiction film using a script, storyboard and hired actors. Camps are 1-5:15 p.m. except Wednesdys when camps start at 10 a.m., 500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 105. $100 per week; scholarships available. Call 542-6228 or visit

Montana Film Academy youth summer courses, available for grade school through high school students, Roxy Theatre, 718 S. Higgins Ave. June 23-27 (short films); July 7-11 (stop-motion animation); July 21-25 (documentary) and July 29-Aug. 1 (commercials). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 per week. Visit

Girl Scout camps

The Girl Scouts of Montana & Wyoming provide a myriad of summer leadership programs for girls going into grades K-12. GSMW aims to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Through partnerships with community organizations, GSMW’s leadership programs encourage girls to love science, live healthy and become leaders in their communities by taking action for positive change. Here is a list of just some of the Girl Scouts summer opportunities:

  •  Girls Golf: The University of Montana Golf Course and GSMW are working together to bring you a monthly “Girls Golf” Program for girls going into grades K-12. The UM Golf pro and a member of the UM women’s golf team will provide instruction and mentorship. Girls will learn skills, enjoy snacks, play games and learn about the wonderful life benefits of golf. The first session is June 25, 9 a.m.-noon. $15 for Girl Scouts, $30 for non-Girl Scouts and includes a Girl Scouts membership for the rest of the summer, which means she can attend our other programs including more Girls Golf programs for only $15. Subsequent “Girls Golf” programs will occur in July, August and September. Call Sarah M. for information or to RSVP, at 1-800-736-5243 Ext. 2306.
  •  Girls Leadership Camp: The Boys & Girls Club of Missoula and GSMW are teaming up for a week of girls-only activities that promote self-esteem, art, science, and teamwork. This event is also free to Girl Scouts, and if you’re not a Scout, a $15 Girl Scout membership will pay for the entire week of camp! June 16-20, 9:30-11 a.m., City Life Community Center.
  •  Introduction to Girl Scouts: Join us for our “Blooming Daisy” events where girls and their parents/guardians are invited to engage in leadership activities aimed at girls entering Kindergarten through third grades. These events are free. Girls and their adult partners will play games, do science experiments and practice good values all while learning about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The events occur in two evening sessions, and at the second session, you’ll enjoy a potluck barbecue to celebrate. Call to reserve your spot at the following locations: Lowell School (Westside Park), June 16-17, 6-7:30 p.m. Bonner Park, July 21-22, 6-7:30 p.m. Fort Missoula, Aug. 11-12, 6-7:30 p.m.
  •  “Girl Scouts Games” Tribute Day Camp. Based in the Hunger Games great adventures. Train like a tribute for a whole week. Girls will work in teams to accomplish challenges and seek amazing adventures. July 14-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort Missoula. Girls entering fourth grade and up will get to enjoy an overnight camp out at Fort Missoula on Thursday night. Cost: $55 if registered by May 31; $65 if registered by June 22; and $85 if registered by July 7. Email for more information.
  •  Introduction to Backpacking & Horsepacking: GSMW, The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, and The All Women’s Outdoor Leadership Institute are offering an affordable and rewarding experience in the backcountry of Montana’s glorious Bob Marshall Wilderness. Join girls from across Montana & Wyoming for a horse-aided backpacking trip you. July 30-Aug. 3, participants will get a unique opportunity to learn outdoor skills, discover their personal strengths and to provide service to others through work that will improve access to some of Montana’s most serene and awesome natural spaces. Call Sarah M. for details and registration, 1-800-736-5243 Ext. 2306. Open to girls ages 12 to 18. Girls must have own transportation to trailhead near Lincoln. The cost is $150 and includes gear rental for any girls that need anything like sleeping bags, tents, sleeping pads, etc.
  •  Girls Only Outdoor Adventure Camp: Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Biking, Swimming, and Camping! All in a week that will leave girls loving the outdoors for the rest of their lives. Aug. 18-22, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every day. There will be a camp out on Thursday night. Every participant receives a free Girl Scout membership for 2014-2015. The cost is $130 for girls in second through eighth grades and includes mountain bike use, camp out food and gear, and everything a girl needs to enjoy her outdoor adventures. Register through Missoula Parks & Recreation, 728-7275.

For additional information for any of the events, to RSVP or to register, call or email Sarah M. at 1-800-736-5243 Ext. 2306 or

Grief camps

Tamarack Grief Resource Center camps. All camps have a sliding scale. For more information or to register, contact Tamarack Grief Resource Center at 541-8472 or email

A Camp to Remember Day Camp, Missoula, July 21-24. ACTR Day Camp brings all the magic of the camp experience to Missoula for four days of fun and healing for kids ages 5-11 who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling. Camp days blend traditional summer fun activities with chances to honor loved ones through creativity, stories and ritual.

Camp to Remember, Flathead Lake, Aug. 18-21. This 17th annual A Camp to Remember is an opportunity for youth ages 8-14 grieving the death of a family member to connect with others in an enjoyable, relaxing environment. Time to play, create and explore is interspersed with chances to honor and remember. A Camp to Remember is staffed with an amazing CARE team. The director and coordinator have a cumulative of over 100 grief camps under their belts.

Camp to Remember-Family Camp, Flathead Lake, October 2014. At ACTR Family Camp we honor individual responses to grief while strengthening the family as a whole. Bring the whole family to camp.

Health camps

Type I Diabetes Day Camp sponsored by Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center. Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Trumble Creek Camp at F.H. Stoltze site between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, ages 16-17, $275. Register at Scholarships available.

Summer Asthma Camp. The American Lung Association’s Huff N’ Puff Asthma Education is at Camp Child near Helena, July 13-18. For children grades 3-8. $100. Camp applications are available at most doctor’s offices, health departments and schools. For more information, call 442-9622.

Camp Mak-A-Dream offers medically supervised, cost-free camp programs for children, young adults and families affected by cancer at its 87-acre facility in Gold Creek. Cancer patients and survivors in all stages of cancer therapy are welcome. Call 549-5987, email or visit Cost-free program: Heads Up Conference for ages 18-25, diagnosed with a brain tumor, June 19-25. Teen Camp for ages 15-18 diagnosed with cancer, July 1-7. Siblings camp for siblings and children of cancer patients, July 10-15 for ages 6-13 and July 18-23 for ages 13-17. Kids Camp for ages 6-14 diagnosed with cancer, July 26-Aug. 1. Teen Heads Up Conference for ages 13-18 diagnosed with a brain tumor, Aug. 4-10.

Healthcare Warriors Camp. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Tribal Health and Human Services Department is seeking enrolled CSKT members and descendants interested in a career in health care to participate in the third annual Healthcare Warriors Camp. The no-cost camp for students entering grades 7-8 is scheduled for July 14-16 at Blue Bay campground. Applications may be picked up beginning Monday, May 12, at the each of the schools on the Flathead Reservation or at any Tribal Health clinic or fitness center. Applications must be turned in by July 4. The selected campers will be notified by July 7. Contact Clarice Cooper at 745-3525 Ext. 5013, or Bernie Azure at 745-3525 Ext. 5105.

History camps

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula sumer day camp “It’s a Homesteader’s Life For Me.” The camp will feature a different theme each day; visiting a historic homestead, learning traditional crafts, attending school in a one-room school house, performing chores typically done around a homestead, visiting the MCPS Agricultural Education Center, learning about caring for sheep, and other fun activities. The final day of camp campers will prepare a meal and ready themselves for an evening of celebration with their families. Aug. 11-15 (ages 10-13), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $145.00, 20 percent discount for museum members. Deadline for registration Aug. 4. Registration information available online at For questions call Kristjana Eyjólfsson 728-3476 Ext. 3 or email

Daly Mansion’s annual Youth History Camp, June 23-26. Grades 4-8. Campers will tour the valley visiting and exploring various historic sites in the Bitterroot Valley such as the Darby Pioneer Museum, Fort Owen State Park and the Victor Heritage Museum. The last day will be spent with campers presenting their mansion “favorite things” to friends and family, and an ice cream social. To register or for more information, call 363-6004, Ext. 2. The Daly Mansion is located in Hamilton at 251 Eastside Highway.

Immersion Learning

Immersion learning is an overnight, health and happines retreat on the shores of Flathead Lake for age groups 9-12 and 13-18 intrested in exploring the natural environment, immersing in creative permaculture practices and stimulating awareness. Engage in diverse learning oppotunities focused on foundational needs for thriving individuals – health, purpose, joy, community, connection, confidence, compassion. July 21-26 and Aug. 4-9, , ages 13-18; Aug. 11-16, ages 9-12. $475. Also offering day camp and summer session. Contact Conscious Pursuits, 210 N. Higgins Ave. No. 205. Visit

Leadership Camps

Honor Code! United States Service Academy Preparatory and Leadership Camps, Inc. A provider of exclusive, on-site, United States Service Academy preparatory summer camps. Honor Code! specializes in creating small and effective educational settings, where we introduce and mentor students interested in the excitement and rewarding future of a service academy education. Our course of study has a strong emphasis upon helping students prepare, apply and get into a United States Service Academy – while having fun and visiting special attractions adjacent to the individual academy locations. Honor Code! camps for students 9th-12th grade. The program is headquartered in Missoula, the camps physically take place at the service academies themselves. Students will travel to and experience the service academy of their choice, first hand, through this program. Interested students are encouraged to research and then register directly on the website, For more information, call (304) 579 7777.

Language camps

Spanish Camp. Kids, would you like to speak Spanish? Learn Spanish with native Missoulian and teacher Suzette Dussault. Learn about the food, games, songs and customs while learning to speak Spanish. Offered for kids ages 6-12, 12:30-4:30 p.m. each day. $75 per week, Enrollment limited to eight. Phone 543-4006 to register. Dates to be arranged.

Alliance Francaise French Camp, July 19-25, Georgetown Lake, ages 8-17. An opportunity for youth to enjoy a week surrounded by French and francophone culture, cuisine and a chance to enjoy outdoor activities and just have fun. French Camp is run by a group of volunteers from the Missoula community including many French and francophone natives. $375 before June 1, $425 after. Visit; email or call 360-6499.

French Camp. Learn French with native Missoulian and teacher Suzette Dussault. Learn about the food, games, songs, and customs of France while learning to speak French. Offered for kids 8-14. 12:30-4:30 p.m. each day. $75, enrollment limited to eight. Phone 543-4006 to register. Dates to be arranged.

Missoula International School Spanish Immersion Summer Camps, 1100 Harrison St. July 7-11 and July 14-18, “Robotics Camp,” ages 5-11. July 21-25, “Cultural Adventyure” with Mishel Vatoussis, ages 4-8; July 28-Aug. 1, “Explore the Great Outdoors in Spanish,” ages 4-8. Camps run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $165 per week. For more information or to register visit or call 542-9924.

Math camps

Advanced Middle School Math Camp, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m. to noon, University of Montana, Department of Mathematical Sciences. $100 per student. Camp is geared toward advanced math students entering the sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Activities during the week will focus on broadening students’ mathematical knowledge and building their problem-solving skills while exposing them to mathematics they may not experience in the regular school curriculum. Students will be engaged in activities, games and problem solving situations where they learn to employ alternative algorithms for computation, look for and recognize patterns, and make connections between similar problems. Students will also explore mathematics using technology including GPS, dynamic geometry software and spreadsheets. Registration is limited to 20 students. Spaces are reserved in the order payments are received. Registration is open until the camp is filled. Registration forms can be found at For questions, contact Matt Roscoe,, 243-6689.

Missoula Parks and Recreation 2014 Summer Camps

For more information or to register for programs, visit, stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park, or phone 721-7275.

Share The Fun Youth Recreation Grants. Parks and Recreation offers youth recreation grants to low-income families. Grant forms are available at Currents Aquatics Center or online at The Missoula County Park Board has allocated grant funds specifically for county residents. Share the fun with a child. Donate to youth recreation grants when you register for summer programs.

Splash Montana and Currents Aquatics Center

Currents and Splash Montana are home to exciting waterslides and play features, plus swim lessons, swim team, aquatics fitness, lap swim and so much more! Currents Aquatics Center is open daily in McCormick Park. Splash Montana opens Memorial Day weekend, May 24, weather permitting. Call 721-7275 or visit for more information.

Kids In Action Youth Day Camps for ages 6-12

Camps meet in one-week sessions, June 16-Aug. 29. Visit for details. Full day camps meet 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; fee is $130, or $104 with CityCard resident discount. Half-day camps meet from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; fee is $50, or $40 with CityCard resident discount.

Camp descriptions

  •  All Star Sports Camp. Playing the sports your kids love, soccer, baseball and basketball … and … experiencing a wide world of non-traditional sports, including, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, folf and cricket.
  •  Art Camp. Camper will learn and participate in art projects from paintings to clay moldings. Field trips may include The Clay Studio, Missoula Art Museum and downtown art walk.
  •  Bowling Camp. Get tips from the bowling experts. Parents drop off their little bowlers at Westside Lanes and Missoula Parks and Recreation will shuttle the camp to Franklin, Westside and/or Playfair Park for an afternoon of fun in the park.
  •  Discovery Camp. Each week will consist of a new and exciting adventure, nature, western, explore or world traveler. A typical camp day may consist of field trips to local hiking trails, fishing, and adventures throughout the community.
  •  Water World Beach Camp. Have fun in the sun making sand castles at Playfair Park, making waves at Currents, and going crazy at Splash Montana.
  •  Nature Camp. Get in touch with our natural surroundings by learning from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Smokejumper Center and the Montana Natural History Center.
  •  Week on Wheels Camp. Join the Missoula Bike Ambassadors and learn about riding and caring for a bike in Missoula. Activities include trail riding, trips to Free Cycles, rules of the road, and on-bike skills training.
  •  Beginners Rugby Camp. Meet us at the Fort Missoula to learn to play touch rugby – a fast moving, free-flowing game that combines elements of football and soccer. Local players will join Parks and Recreation staff to teach your little rugby player the basics of the game.
  •  Wild West Camp. Put on ’yer boots and explore the wild west at the Moon-Randolph Homestead, Fort Missoula, and other historic spots around Missoula.
  •  Einstein Camp. Science has never been so fun. Conduct experiments and learn from spectrUM and the National Weather Service.
  •  Fun and Fit Camp. Campers will learn how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle through fun interactive activities and some great cooking. Kids will be burning some serious calories and not even know it while hiking Mount Jumbo or playing a crazy game of capture the flag.
  •  Super Sprouts Pre-School Sports Skills. Skilled instructors lead games and activities to introduce the fundamentals of catching, kicking, throwing, and body control to the children-parent participation is encouraged. Ultra-soft Koosh and Nerf equipment is used. June 16-July 24, times and locations vary, 45-minute sessions, one day per week, $25, $20 with CityCard resident discount, ages 3-5.
  •  Teen Workreation. If you are aged 13 to 16 and you are interested in getting on-the-job training at Parks and Recreation, we have a volunteer position for you. Volunteer positions include working at Currents or Splash Montana, or assisting youth camp staff with sports, games, music, arts and crafts and more. Volunteers not only receive training and great job experience, they’ll have a chance to earn incentive trips such as rock climbing, a pizza party at Splash Montana and more. Details at Application deadline May 23.
  •  Summer Tennis Camps. Enjoy learning tennis fundamentals in a fun, low-key setting. Regardless of skill level, you will have the opportunity to improve your stroke and game strategy while having a time great playing this game. Two-week sessions June 16 through Aug. 14, times vary – morning or evening for youth, evening for adults, $40 ($32 with resident discount) for youth and adult lessons. $20 per session for youth evening lessons.

Outdoor Adventures with Parks and Recreation

Let the outdoor recreation professionals lead your child in educational and fun summer camps with the MORE program. Camps meet in one-week sessions, June 16-Aug. 29. Visit and click the MORE program for sample schedules and staff bios. All camps follow the same schedule but themes change weekly to create engaging camps all summer long! All transportation and equipment is provided.

  •  Monday – High and low ropes course, skateboarding & disc golf
  •  Tuesday – Bike care with Free Cycle, biking trails, Garnet Ghost Town or Lubrecht Forest
  •  Wednesday – Fishing at MPG Ranch and hiking Mt. Baldy
  •  Thursday – White water rafting with Zootown Surfers & campfire
  •  Friday – Outdoor rock climbing & SPLASH Montana
  •  Fly Fishing Camp. Join our professional staff for a week of hands on fly fishing instruction at our very own Silver’s Lagoon. By the end of the week, your child will know what fly to use, how to tie fishing knots, along with terminology. Gear and transportation is provided. June 23-27, and July 7-11, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $50/$40 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 6-14.
  •  Rod and Reel Fishing Camp. The pond is stocked enroll your child to join our anglers to learn the intricacies of fishing, such as: rods, bait, hooks, bobbers, when to fish and where the fish like to hang out. Kids will learn proper fish handling methods and how to reel in a fish and release it safely. June 16-20, June 30-July 3, and July 14-18, 8a.m. to 12:30p.m. $50/$40 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 5-14.
  •  MOBASH Skate Camp. Kids will skate with our local pros to learn the basics of skateboarding and perfect their skills at our own MOBASH skate park. With a focus on technique and safety, we can meet the needs to every skill level. All participants also star and take home their own skate movie. Skateboard, knee pads, and helmet provided. Offered every week beginning June 23, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $104/$84 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 8-14.
  •  Outdoor Photography Camp. We’ll introduce the basics of photography and explore the Missoula valley looking for that great photo. While we are on adventures in the outdoors, we will work on developing your child’s skills pertaining to composition, framing and subject matter. July 14-18, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 7-12.
  •  Adventure Naturalist Camp. Foster the sense of adventure and love of nature in your kid this summer. Activities will focus of the flora and fauna of the places where we recreate. Campers will be introduced to plant, bug, and animal identification. June 16-20, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 7-12.
  •  Corp of Discovery Camp. Hike the canyon and forge the river like Lewis and Clark. This camp will focus on the natural history and path of the Corp of Discovery while we raft, hike, and bike the areas surrounding Missoula. July 21-25, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 7-12.
  •  Beginners Kayak Camp with Zootown Surfers. Whether it’s practicing rolls on flat water or learning new strokes on the river, this camp is sure to provide an epic summer adventure your child will never forget. All participants must be able to swim. Fee includes gear, instruction, and transportation. July 21-25, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $216/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 12 and older.
  •  Go MORE! Girls Adventure Camp. This all-female camp will provide your girl with an experience to remember. Led by experienced female outdoor leaders, this camp promotes friendship, self-esteem, and a love of the outdoors. July 14-18, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 7-14.
  •  Survival Skills Camp. Campers are introduced to primitive fire building skills, how to conduct a search and rescue, shelter building, and how to survive in the Montana wilds. July 7-11 and July 28-Aug. 1, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 7-12.
  •  Enviro-Kids Camp. Campers will be introduced to issues affecting our natural environment, and learn what they can do to make a difference. Your child will learn about “Leave No Trace” outdoor ethics while hiking, biking, rafting, and climbing their way around the greater Missoula area. Aug. 4-8, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 7-12.
  •  Wilderness Navigation Camp. The skills of map and compass reading, GPS, forest navigation, and river reading will be taught during this camp. Your child will be challenged while learning these lifelong recreation skills used in many of today’s outdoor fields. Aug. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 7-12.
  •  Outdoor Leadership Camp. This camp uses a strength based approach paired with outdoor recreation and experiential education to develop leadership, communication, self-awareness, and teamwork in your teenager. June 23-27 & August 11-15. $225/$180 with CityCard resident discount. Ages 13-18.
  •  All-Abilities Kids Fishing Derbies at Silver’s Lagoon. This derby is geared for all abilities so everyone can join the fun! Catch the biggest fish, the most fish or win other fun categories for great prizes. Limited fishing equipment is available on a first come basis, so try and bring your own. All adaptive fishing equipment is provided. May 10 and June 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. $1 per participant. Silver’s Lagoon in McCormick Park. Ages 3-14. (Youth ages 12-14 must have a FWP Conservation License.)
  •  All-Abilities Baseball. Experience America’s favorite pastime by participating in summer league All-Abilities Baseball at McCormick Park. Families, friends and athletes are all welcome to play in these pick-up style games. All equipment provided. No fee. July 14, July 19, and August 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  •  Mobash Skateboard Mentors. Drop in at Mobash Skatepark on Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., for skateboard instruction and safety tips. Gear provided. All ages, a parent or legal guardian must be available to sign waiver. June 15-Aug. 10. Free.

Music camps

Yoga and Music Summer Camps with Jess Matthiae from Peaceful Heart Yoga and Callie Monroe from All Together Now Music. Yoga and mindfulness through movement, activities, games and art. Music through songs, drumming and instruments. All around community building and heart centering. Ages 4-11; July 21-24 (Monday-Thursday, Friday optional field trip). Aug. 11-14 (Monday-Thursday, Friday optional field trip). $130 ($160 with Friday). Peaceful Heart, 725 W. Alder No. 3. Visit; email or call 239-9642 for more information.

Missoula County Public Schools Summer Music Camps, June 16-27. Students entering fifth grade: band and orchestra lessons; students entering sixth grade: intermediate lessons and ensembles; students entering seventh and eighth grade: advanced lessons and ensembles. A fun and positive atmosphere to continue making music beyond the regular school year. Give your incoming fifth-grade student a jump start on their band or orchestra experience. Older students can hone their skills or try a new instrument. $50. Save $10 if registered by May 23. For more information, visit the website or call 542-4030. Class lists, times and registration forms available at

18th annual Montana Fiddle Camp, Monarch. First two weeks of June. Fiddle instructors, Sherry McKenzie of Burleson, Texas; Judy Hyman of Ithaca, N.Y.; Natalie Koob of Frisco, Colo.; Reid Buckley of Roundup; Sandy James of Dillon; Shane Cook of London, Ontario; Brad Leftwich, Bloomington, Ind.; Trevor Krieger of Billings; Lynn “Chirps” Smith of Whitewater, Wis.; Tyler Andal of Nashville, Tenn. Mandolin instructors, John Reischman of Vancouver, Canada, and Jacob C. Means of Boston. Guitar instructors, Jeff Troxel of Powell, Wyo., and Will MacLean of Larmie, Wyo. Clawhammer banjo instructor Brian Pickell of Paris, Ontario. Students 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Call 320-1150 or 736-5391 or visit montana

Tangled Tones Summer Camps. Digital Recording Camp Record Your Own Music, July 14-18, ages 8-12. Introduction to Recording, July 21-25, ages 13 and up, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Intensive Intermediate Recording, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (extra recording hours after camp for additional fee). Tangled Tones Music Studio, 2005 South Ave. W. Hands on experience with professional recording equipment and software; learn to set up your home computer to record; wake up every morning at camp with West-African hand drumming; create a short music video; record and edit your own songs. Each participant receives a DVD and CD of a group music video and their music. Limited to 10 participants. All campers will get individual time on a computer to work on their own compositions. The recording lab offers five Mac computers running Garage Band, iMovie and other recording programs. $225 if registered by June 1; $250 after. For more details and to register online visit or call 396-3352.

University of Montana Music Camp, June 22-28. Concert Band and Jazz Camp for students entering grades seven to high school graduate; Choir Camp for students entering ninth grade to high school graduate; Piano Camp for students entering eighth grade to high school graduate; String camp for students entering ninth grade to high school graduate. Call 243-6880 or visit

Zootown Arts Community Center Music Camps. Camps will break the mold of how children think about musical instruction and campers will begin to see instruments in more creative and empowering ways. Sign up online at or call 549-7555. Full day, $200 members, $215 non-members.

  • n June 23-27, ages 8-12, “Sonic Synergy 1” with Jeff Turman and Geoff Taylor, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campers with little or no experience creating music will learn the fundamentals of sound and how instruments work through a series of fun, engaging, and educational experiments. The camp will culminate in a live, public performance by the students.
  • n July 14-18, ages 8-16, “Intro To Deejay Camp” with Evelyn Malinowski, 1-4 p.m. Learn the art to being moved by hearing the right song at the right time in this introduction class to the art of DJing. The course will be facilitated by internationally recognized DJ Experimental Housewife, whose advocacy for music listening has received attention from audiences in Germany, Poland and the UK.
  • n July 28-Aug. 1, ages 8-16, “Sonic Synergy 2” with Jeff Turman and Geoff Taylor. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Prerequisite: some musical experience or completion of Sonic Synergy 1. Begin using science experiments and demonstrations to illustrate sonic concepts and the principles by which musical instruments produce sound.
  • n Aug. 18-22, ages 8-16, “ZACC Girl’s Rock Camp,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Build self-esteem through music exploration. Regardless of musical experience, campers will receive instrument instruction, form a band, write an original song and perform at Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat Lounge to kick off River City Roots Fest. Girls also will participate in other workshops throughout each day where they will learn about women in music history, attend song-writing clinics, talk about body image and stage presence, design a band logo and more. Girls will also get to meet other women musicians in Missoula.

Boulder River Rhythm Camp, June 25-29, Camp Mimanagish, south of Big Timber. $172-$600. Join Drum Brothers and friends for days filled with rhythm classes, song circles, the option to build a drum and African dances taught by Tracy Topp. Register for two, three or four nights. All ability levels welcome. Visit or call 531-8109.

Montana Outdoor Rhythm Camp, Aug. 8-10, Montanagua Sanctuary, near Kalispell. $172-$405. Spend time with Drum Brothers and friends for a weekend filled with rhythm and fun and heart-felt community. Days are filled with West African hand-drumming classes, evening celebration circles and more. All ages and abilities welcome. Visit or call 531-8109.

Outdoor/adventure camps

Lolo Creek Outdoor Adventure Camps. July 15-17, “Nature Art Camp.” Using nature as our palette and our inspiration, campers will create various pieces of art. July 22-24, “Fire Ecology Camp at Ft. Fizzle.” Come learn about the forces of fire and how it changes our landscape. July 29-31, “Outdoor Fun.” Compass use, map reading, folfing, tipi time and horse-drawn wagon rides highlight this camp. All camps are geared toward students entering sixth- through ninth grade. $150 for each camp. Snacks provided. To apply call 273-0774, 240-3396, email or Transportation included at specific locations in Lolo and up U.S. Highway 12. Taught by certified teachers.

Junior Smokejumper Day Camp. The Junior Jumper program is for boys and girls ages 6-12. It is a two hour day camp that is available on weekdays throughout the summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day). At Junior Smokejumper Day Camp, kids will try on jump suits, learn about what it takes to be a smokejumper and do fire experiments. Join us to learn about smokejumping and fire. The camp is located at the Missoula Smokejumper Base at 5765 W. Broadway St. Students will meet at the Visitor Center. To set up a day and time, call the Visitor Center 329-4934 or email The program is free for everyone.

GUTS. (Girls Using Their Strengths), a girls outdoor leadership program sponsored by YWCA Missoula, for girls ages 9-18. While learning outdoor skills, girls are encouraged to increase their self-confidence and cultivate appreciation for the natural world. Call 543-6691, or download application at

Zoo Town Surfers. Zoo Town Surfers has been providing quality youth whitewater programs since 2004. Created specifically for local teenagers, the club creates the opportunity to kayak safely through a fun and supportive club atmosphere. Students are placed in groups according to their skill level with an emphasis on fundamental concepts, from technique to river awareness. Providing parents the convenience of transportation from Missoula to the river, and back, Zoo Town Surfers takes students to the river every week – all summer long. The program has successfully taught hundreds of teens the sport of kayaking, facilitating their progression into competent whitewater enthusiasts under the tutelage of skilled instructors, mentors and positive peer interaction. Zoo Town Surfers also offers separate out-of-town trips, which are available to all teenagers, regardless of whether they live in or outside Missoula. Youth Kayak Club, June-August. $500. Lochsa Road trip, June 12 and 19, $75. Call 546-0370; visit or email

28th annual Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp. July 13-18 at Lubrecht Experimental Forest, 30 miles east of Missoula. The camp provides a unique opportunity for high school-age students to study in a Montana outdoor setting the scientific principles, economic realities, historical heritage and social perspectives of natural resources and their management. It also provides the opportunity to raft a local scenic river, participate in summer camp activities and enjoy hands-on learning through discovery. Camp fee is $200; more information as well as the camp application are available at Contact Martin Twer, 243-2775,

Montana Farmers Union’s 2014 camp season at Arrowpeak Lodge in the Highwood Mountains. The camp schedules provide age appropriate activities and workshops with the goal of making memories, encouraging cooperative teamwork and growing tomorrow’s leaders. The camps provide lots of time for campfires, dances, theme nights, art and crafts, laughter, team building nature hikes and sports. Cooperative teamwork and leadership skills influence all camp activities. Junior Camp I, June 22-27, ages 8-11, registration deadline June 13; Junior Camp II, July 20-24, ages 8-11, registration deadline July 11.

Senior Camp, June 27-July 2, ages 15-19. Registration deadline is June 20. Teen Camp, July 14-18, ages 12-15. Registration deadline is July 7. $70 for MFU members and $125 for nonmembers. Bus transportation to and from the MFU office is available for a nominal fee of $10. RSVP and prior payment is required. For more information and to register online visit or call 1-800-234-4071.

Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures 15th annual Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp for 2014. Every week from June 9-Aug. 27, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., for ages 6-14, kids in kindergarten, elementary and middle school get to hike, bike, raft, canoe, swim, climb, explore and camp. Gain confidence, outdoor skills, leadership, teamwork and appreciation for nature, while making new friends and improving fitness. Campers are divided into groups and participate in all of our great outdoor activities at age appropriate levels. For high-schoolers age 15 or older we have opportunities for “leader-in-training” placements. Camp out on Thursday nights. Extended hours for early drop-off or late pickup possible. Meet each morning at Kiwanis Park, then board vans and head out for the day’s adventure. $175 per one-week session. Receive a free MOLA T-shirt if you register for three or more weeks. Limited partial scholarships available. Registration forms and $50 deposit check per week due upon confirmed reservation. Registration forms and more information are available at

Montana Trout Unlimited Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp. July 13-17, Camp Watanopa on the banks of Georgetown Lake for boys and girls ages 11-14. Learn about fly casting, fly tying, aquatic insects, watershed conservation, catch and release techniques, trout biology and more. Activites include lake and stream fishing, swimming, a fish hatchery tour, games and professional instruction. The fee is $300 to attend, which includes meals, lodging and equipment use. Details and application can be found at Or call Kate Grant, 543-0054 or email

Performing arts camps

Stensrud Playhouse summer camps. Zootown Improve, improv/acting and comedy sketch writing. Ages 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17. Ends with a Saturday performance. Whodunit? Mystery Theatre, ages 12-14 and 15-17. Ends with a Saturday performance. Camps held at the Stensrud Playhouse. Visit

Missoula Children’s Theatre summer camps. All performances will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Summer Day Camps are for children grades one through 12. Each camp is Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with performances at 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday (you choose when you register). All children participate in an audition, are cast in a role and perform in the show. MCT accommodates accessibility needs upon request. Register by calling 728-7529 or visit Summer Camp 1, June 23-27: “The Little Mermaid.” Summer Camp 2, July 7-11: “Pinocchio.” Summer Camp 3, July 21-25: “The Secret Garden.”

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre Summer Camp, “The Tales of Beatrix Potter,” for ages 5-10, June 16- 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2704 Brooks St. No experience necessary. The day includes ballet, music, art and creation of a ballet that is performed for family and friends on Friday. $185. For more information and registration, visit or call 549-5155.

Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre, “So You Think You Can Dance,” for ages 8 and up, June 16-20, 2-5 p.m., 2704 Brooks St. Class in ballet, tap and jazz for a full “So You Think You Can Dance” experience. Performance on June 20. $175. Registration form available at or call 549-5155.

Teresa Waldorf’s 18th annual Summer Theatre Day Camp, University of Montana’s Dennison Theatre. Classes in acting, improv, musical theatre, movement, creative drama and stage combat. July 21-26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., camp for kindergarten through high school. Performance Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $175. Call 721-6722, mail registration to 208 Pattee Canyon Drive, Missoula, MT 59803 or register on the website,

On Center Performing Arts Studio. Summer Classes: “Use It or Lose It.” Technique classes – keep your skills up over the summer, June 23-July 31 (no class week of July 21-25). Baby Ballet (must be potty trained), ages 2-3, Tuesday, 6-6:45 p.m. Pre Ballet Tap, ages 4-6, Tuesday, 6-6:45 p.m. Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop Combo class, ages 6-8, Tuesday, 5-6 p.m. Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop Combo class, ages 9 and older, Tuesday, 4-5 p.m. Ap/Sr Ballet/Jazz Combo class, ages 12 and older, Tuesday, 3:30-5 p.m. Use it or lose it class rates. One class/week, $50 total for summer; two classes/week, $95 total for summer; three classes/week, $150 total for summer; four classes/week, $200 total for summer; five classes/week, $250 total for summer, 1/2 hour private lesson, $145 total for summer; 1 hour/week private lesson, $270 total for summer.

Upstart Performing Arts Camp, ages 4-7, June 23-27 and Aug. 18-22. Camps include classes in ballet, jazz, tap, acting, voice, arts, crafts and culminates in a “Rising Star” performance for their families. Full day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or half day (9 a.m.-noon or noon-3 p.m.) Full day $175 for full week; half day $95 for full week.

Summer Intensive Camp, ages 7-adult, July 21-25. Designed with the rising star in mind. Diverse training focusing on ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater will set your child on the path to become a “Triple Threat” (singer, dancer, actor). Summer Intensive Camp is for the serious student, experience is required for all levels. Master teachers are current working professionals who will build your child’s skills and be an asset to their future performing career. Only 20 spots open per level. Cost is based on level. Ages 7-9 Junior Camp (must have at least 1 or more year of dance experience – NOT for beginners), 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $225. Ages 10-13, Pre-Ap/Apprentice Camp (experience required: at least 2 or more years of dance), 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $275. Ages 13-adult, Senior Camp (experience required: at least 3 or more years of dance), 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $275. All summer programs have a $30 registration fee. Call for details on registering for camps and classes. Call 542-0730 or visit

Acting Camp. Would you like to create the story, write the script, build the sets, make the props, design the costumes and star in your own play? Join “acteur” and teacher Suzette Dussault in a week of acting and set-building. Ages 8-14. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $75 per week, enrollment limited to 8. Phone 543-4006 to register. Dates to be arranged.

Kids’ Mystery Dinner Party. It was a dark and stormy night … a dinner party of the rich and famous had just sat down to enjoy the first course of a sumptuous feast of “la cuisine française,” when, in “un coup de tonnerre,” the lights went out, and Mme Très Riche let out a piercing scream, her late husband’s most precious crown jewels had been snatched from her neck. Who committed this audacious crime? Help solve the mystery while preparing and enjoying “un diner elegant.” 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. $100, and enrollment is limited to 8. Phone Suzette Dussault at 543-4006 for information and to register. Dates to be arranged.

Summer Youth Theater Workshop (Improve Workshop), June 9-20, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Stevensville Playhouse. For students ages 8-18. $100 for the instruction and students will learn how to think on their feet and fly by the seat of their pants. Training will culminate with improve performances on the evenings of June 20 and 21 for Western Heritage Dayy, with encore performances on Aug. 1 and 2 for the Creamery Picnic. Call 777-2722 or 529-4030 to register or for more information.

Ballet Arts Academy DANCEcamp for kids, June 16-20. 1620 Rodgers St. Suite 3. For information visit miniDANCEcamp, ages 3 and 4, 9:30-10:45 a.m., “Cinderella,” $65; DANCEcamp I, ages 5-6, 9:30-11 a.m., “Swan Lake,” $105; DANCEcamp II, ages 7-10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., “Don Quixote,” $105. Programs are designed for children at every level of dance education. Email for more information and to register.

Ballet Arts Academy’s Intermediate and Advanced Dance Intensive, 1620 Rodgers St., Suite 3, Aug. 18-22. Program is geared for dancers ages 11 and older and includes ballet, modern, jazz and more. Must have previous dance training. $200. For more information or to register, email

Theater Camp, “Design a Show,” for ages 8-17, June 16-20, Glacier Lake School, St. Ignatius. Call 745-2345 or visit

River Street Dance Theater, 421 N. Second St. Hamilton, will present two weeks of dance camps July 28-Aug. 8. Students will be placed by age and experience for classes in improvisation, ballet, modern, tap, jazz and swing, taught by guest instructors. Call director Pam Erickson at 363-1203 for information and a brochure.

Photography camps

Kids’ Photography Class. Explore the many interesting, fascinating and unique places your hometown has to offer with a camera. You will learn how to use your digital camera with photographer Suzette Dussault. Camp will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. each day, with a Friday art opening for family and friends. Cost is $100 per week, enrollment limited to six. Phone 543-4006 for information and to register. Dates to be arranged.

Religious camps

Big Sky Bible Camp. A non-denominational, evangelical, non-charismatic Bible teaching ministry. The stated goals are to bring people to know the Lord Jesus personally as Savior and Lord, and then to lead them in steps of personal Christian growth. Located on the west side of the Rockies, about 100 miles north of Missoula, the 220-acre camp property is located on an 80 acre lake. About 40 minutes from Glacier National Park and about four or five miles north of the town of Bigfork. Summer youth camps that are held June-August – four weeks for juniors (grades 3-6), two weeks for junior high (grades 6-8), one week for high schoolers, and two weeks for people with disabilities. There are also backpacking trips going out from mid-July through mid-August. Register online at or call 837-4864.

Dickey Lake Bible Camp, Trego. Family Camp, July 4-6; Junior Camp (kids entering grades 4-6) July 7-11; Junior High Boys camp (boys entering grades 6-9) July 14-18; Junior High Girls camp (girls entering grades 6-9) July 21-25; High School Camp (boys and girls entering grades 9-graduation) July 28-Aug 1. The cost is $140 before June 1 and $150 after June 1. Online registration or mail in registration forms can be found at If you are interested in being a counselor, the application can be found on the website. There is a bus that runs from Missoula to camp making stops along U.S. Highway 93. The cost is $20 round trip. Send questions to

Camp Utmost – A non-denominational Christian camp operated by Rocky Mountain Bible Mission since 1958, located just off Montana Highway 200 at mile 30 1/2, near Clearwater Junction between Missoula and Seeley Lake. In the heart of an outdoor recreation area, a week of camp provides a variety of activities utilizing on-site facilities as well as nearby rivers, lakes and forests including Bible study and teaching, rafting, canoeing, swimming, archery and rifle skills and safety, water slide, crafts, times of worship and many other on-site games and activities. Most evenings end with a time around the campfire under the stars. Each week of camp cost $120 with a discount of $10 given to those registered at least 10 days before each camp starts. The week a camper attends is determined by the grade they will be in the following school year. Dates are: Eighth-ninth grade boys and girls, June 16-20; sixth-seventh grade boys, June 23-27; sixth-seventh grade girls, July 7-11; fourth-fifth grade boys, July 14-18; fourth-fifth grade girls, July 21-25. A high school, long weekend camp, is July 25-28, costs $105 and is for those who were in high school the 2013-2014 school year. Information and registration available online at, call 244-0049 or email at

Healthy Helpful Hands Activity Camp. Jesus’ hands were always active. He healed diseases, calmed storms, taught spiritual lessons and even had them pierced to a cross. We use our hands all the time as well. We use them for our own enjoyment and we use them to help others. So let’s do that. Your camper will be active all day long in this camp. There will be various outdoor activities and fun field trips in the morning to keep our hands healthy and then we will use our hands to help others in the afternoon with volunteer work. We will also be making a trip to Splash Montana. Ages 6-13, July 14-18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $75 per camper with multiple camper discounts available. Snacks will be provided but pack your own lunch. Visit or call 543-8222, for more information and to register.

Glacier Camp. Since 1931, kids have been having the time of their lives at Glacier Camp, where we aspire to help your child have both the most memorable week of their summer and an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ. Located on the west shore of beautiful Flathead Lake, just six miles south of Lakeside, there are camps for children ages 5-18 as well as summer programs for adults of all ages. New this year is GrandCamp, an opportunity for grandparents and grandkids to camp together (private rooms in Spruce Lodge). Other special programming includes Horse Camp, two Mini Camp sessions and Day Camp. All camps feature traditional camp activities, including archery, hiking, crafts and waterfront activities, including our awesome water trampoline. To learn more or register, visit, call 844-2114 or email

Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. Located on the western shores of beautiful Flathead Lake, FLBC offers camp at its finest. Programs (June 15-Aug. 15) for kids entering third grade through high school graduates. Camp programs include: basketball camp, choir camp, sailing, horseback riding, outback camping, backpacking, whitewater rafting and more. Camperships available to families in need. $195-$540. Open to everyone. Register either online at, or call 752-6602.

Camp Perea is an outreach adventure camp for teens (middle/high school age) that puts them in the center of awesome activities such as white-water rafting, rock climbing and backpacking all while being a safe place to hear more about Jesus and develop life changing relationships between leaders and friends. Get a $100 discount if registered in May. Visit for more information or to register.

Outdoorsmen Church day camps. Featuring archery, basketball, fishing, soccer, kayaking, flag football and more. Register at

Science camps

Game Programming Camp for middle school (fifth-eighth grade), July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Department of Computer Science at the University of Montana. Interested in learning how to program mobile games and applications? Spend a week this summer with experts in the Computer Science Department at the University of Montana to create interactive apps and games for phones and tablets. Explore the world of computer programming and discover the exciting possibilities of this ever evolving technology. $225. Contact Michael Cassens at or 370-1684. Website:

Game Programming Camp for High School, Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon, Department of Computer Science at the University of Montana. Ready to have some fun programming? Let’s create games and applications using Android, Codea, HTML5, XNA for Xbox 360 and Java. We will explore different programming languages and build games throughout this week- long camp. Cost $185. Contact Michael Cassens,; 370-1684 or at

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Summer Science Discovery Day Camps. Phone 327-0405 or visit Full-day camps, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half-day camps, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Before and after care is available free from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: Full-day camps, $175 members, $195 nonmembers. Half-day, $85 members, $120 nonmembers. Pre-school camps, $75 members, $95 non-members. Scholarships are available. MNHC memberships can be purchased annually for $50 per family. Ages: Camp themes and content are geared toward students in a specific grade range. This allows our instructors to plan activities that work best for students in those grades. Pre-school camps for ages 3-4, Monday-Friday, 9-noon, “Animal Orchestra,” June 16-20; “Mini-Biologists,” July 7-11; “Diggin’ in the Dirt,” July 21-25; “Waddling Waders,” Aug. 4-8. Kindergarten through first-grade half-day camps: “Insect Insanity,” June 23-27; “Animal Architects,” June 30-July 3; “Predator Prowl,” July 14-18; “Hooray for Habitats! July 28-Aug. 1; “Wonderful Wetlands,” Aug. 11-15. First- to third-grade full-day camps: “Jr. Survivor,” June 16-20; “A is for Avocet,” June 23-27; “Go Fish.” June 23-27; “Tracks and Scat,” June 30-July 3; “Theatre and Nature,” July 7-11; “Bodacious Birds,” July 14-18; “Mammal Mania!” July 21-25; “Rockin’ Rocks,” July 28-Aug. 1; “Bugs and Slugs,” Aug. 4-8; “Jr. Naturalists,” Aug. 11-15; “Water Wonders,” Aug. 11-15. Third- to fifth-grade full-day camps: “Mineral Madness,” June 16-20; “Big on Bugs,” June 23-27, “Art Exhibition,” June 30-July 3; “Wild Explorers,” July 7-11; “Hooked on Fishing,” July 14-18; “Birds of a Feather,” July 21-25; “Jr. Stewards,” July 28-Aug. 1; “Outdoor Adventures,” Aug. 4-8. “Eco Warriors,” Aug. 11-15. Sixth- to eighth-grade full-day camps: “Backcountry Explorers,” July 21-25.

SpectrUM Discovery Area Summer Camps 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Scholarships available for families in need. Participants bring own lunch. Unless otherwise noted, camps take place at spectrUM’s Campus Clubhouse, Skaggs Building Room 166, University of Montana. To sign up, call 728-STEM.

  •   June 16-20, “Get Set to Be a Vet,” ages 6-9, $220. June 16-20, “Robotics,” ages 8-11, $220. June 23-27, “Aquatic Robotics,” ages 10-14, $220. June 23-26, “Lost Ladybug Project,” ages 7-10, $175. June 27, “Explosive Chemistry,” ages 6-9, $50. June 30-July 1, “Crime Scene Investigation,” ages 8-11, $90; June 30-July 1, “Explosive Chemistry,” ages 10-14, $175; July 7-11, “Pirate Adventures,” ages 6-9, $220. July 7-11, “Biology Boot Camp,” ages 8-12, $220; July 14-18, “Camp Contraption,” ages 7-10, $220. July 14-16, “Wonder Wheels,” ages 9-12, $135. July 17-18, “Aviation,” ages 9-12, $90. July 21-23, “Printing,” ages 10-14, $135. July 21-25, “Tech Club: Technology Tasters,” ages 6-9, $220; July 28-Aug. 1, “Robotics,” ages 7-10, $220. July 28-Aug. 1, “Virtual Worlds,” ages 10-14, $220. Aug. 4-8, “Magic of Chemistry,” ages 7-10, $220. Aug. 4-6, “Amazing Brain,” ages 8-12, $135. Aug. 11-15, “Star Gazers,” ages 8-12, $220. Aug. 15, “CSI: Crack the Case,” ages 6-9, $50. Aug. 18-22, “SciGirls: Sassy Science,” ages 9-13, $220. Aug. 18-22, “Best in Show,” ages 6-9, $220.

Glacier Institute offers Youth Science Adventure Camps at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Campus along the North Fork of the Flathead River adjacent to Glacier National Park. To register, contact the Kalispell Main Office, 755-1211, or visit Grizzly Cub Mini Camp, June 15-17, ages 7-9, $125; Bullfrog Young Naturalist Camp, June 18-20 ages 9-11, $125; Soaring Eagle Backcountry Wilderness Camp, June 29-July 4, ages 14-16, $400. Soaring Eaglet Backcountry Wilderness Camp, July 7-11, ages 11-13, $325. Bear Paw Young Naturalist Camp, Aug. 10-15, ages 9-11, $325. Woolly Bugger Flyfishing Camp, Aug. 3-6, ages 11-12, $200. Wolf Pup Mini Camp, Aug. 17-19, ages 7-9, $125.

MOLLI Summer Adventures, June 24-25. Summer adventures for kids and their 50-year-old and older grandparents, brought to you by MOLLI at UM in partnership with spectrUM and the Montana Natural History Center. Interactive scientific exploration in both classroom and field experience. During a two-day camp instructed by experts, kids 7-10 years explore the natural world of birds with the Montana Natural History Center, and kids 6-9 and 10-13 years focus on neuroscience with spectrUM. Note: grandparent and grand-child relationship is optional. Learning teams consist of one 50-plus adult and one child. To learn more visit and to register call 243-2905.

Social skills camps

YETI (Youth Engagement Through Intervention) Social Skills Camp University of Montana RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, June 16-20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (sack lunch required). For school age children (second through sixth grade) who have social skill challenges secondary to a diagnosis of autism or related disorders. YETI provides social skills intervention (speech/language therapy) in a fun and safe environment with a 1:1 ratio of adults to children. $250 or insurance may be billed. Interested parties should email Past YETIs may reserve their spot with a $25 hold fee by calling 243-2405.

Sports/fitness camps

Spartan Youth Basketball Camp for grades K-8, June 16-19, Sentinel High School. Grades K-3, 8:30 a.m.-noon and grades 4-8, 1-4:30 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of basketball and how to play in an organized team structure. Camp applications are available at or call coach Jay Jagelski, 459-3848.

37th annual Hays Hoop Camp, the longest running basketball camp in western Montana. Sessions available for boys and girls of all abilities entering grades 1-8 (next school year) plus a session for incoming ninth-grade boys. For additional information, visit or call 543-3733.

Racquet Club Summer Tennis Programs. PEAK Health & Wellness Center, 4990 Buckhouse Lane. Phone Scott Potter, tennis director, 251-3356 Ext. 11 or email Junior program dates: June 16-19, June 23-26, June 30-July 2, July 14-17, July 21-24, July 28-30, Aug. 4-7, Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 18-21.

  •  Quick Start, ages 4-10, Monday-Thursday, noon-1 p.m. $36 per week for members, $54 per week for guests.
  •  Futures, ages 10-15, Monday-Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. $54 per week for members; $81 per week for guests.
  •  Challengers, ages 12-18, Monday-Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m., $54 per week for members, $18 per week for guests.
  •  Team Peak, ages 10-14 and 15-18, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-noon, $54 members, $81 guests.
  •  Peak Junior Shoothouse, June 16-Aug. 18, Mondays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10 per week for members, $15 for guests, includes dinner.

University of Montana Campus Recreation Youth Camps. Ten, week-long sessions, June 16-Aug. 22. Each week campers have the opportunity to take part in fitness activities and outdoor adventures to go along with each week’s themed activities. Themes throughout the summer include playground games, soccer, basketball, golf, football, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, outdoor activities, floor hockey and track and field. Campers will also participate in three weekly swim lessons at the Grizzly Pool. Open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. $145 per week for first child, $135 for each additional child. Register online at or call 243-5295; email:

Mismo Gymnastics camps. 1900 W. Broadway. Half day, 8:30 a.m.-noon or 12-3:30 p.m., $95 per week members, $105 non-members, daily rate is $25 members, $30 non-members; full day, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $150 per week members, $165 non-members, daily rate is $35 members, $40 non-members. Extended care available. Phone 728-0908 or visit June 16-20, “Pirate Camp,” half and full day. June 23-27, Cheer for Boys Camp, morning half day. June 23-27, Flip Camp, afternoon half day, must be age 5 or older. July 8-12, “Around the World,” half and full day. June 30-July 2, “Red, White and Flip,” afternoon half day. July 7-11, “Around the World Camp,” half and full day. July 14-18, “Adventure Camp,” half and full day. July 21-25, “Princess and Super Hero,” half and full day. July 28-Aug. 1, Sports Camp, half and full day. Aug. 4-8, “Fun, Flipping and Fine Arts,” half and full day. Aug. 11-15, “Amazing Gymnastics Camp,” half and full day.

Last Best Lacrosse Missoula summer camp, Aug. 4-7. Open to boys and girls ages 7-17. New and experienced players welcome. Register online at

Yoga Camps with Jess Matthiae from Peaceful Heart Yoga. Yoga and mindfulness through movement, activities, games and art. Ages 4-8, July 7-10 (Monday-Thursday, Friday optional field trip). Ages 8-12, Aug. 4-7 (Monday-Thursday, Friday optional field trip). Ages 12 and older. $130 ($160 with Friday). Contact Jess at Peaceful Heart, 725 W. Alder No. 3., at; email or call 239-9642.

Little Grizzly Football Camp, June 23-26, Sentinel High School fields. Junior camp for grades two through five, 9:30 a.m.-noon; Senior camp for grades six through eight, 1-3:30 p.m. The camp focuses on proper technique in all football related skills including running, passing, blocking, tackling, kicking and game strategy. The camp will also have daily games, team play and motivational guest speakers. The camp is coached by UM football players, Little Grizzly coaches and local high school players. Sign up online at

Fast Pitch Softball Summer Camp hosted by MT Avalanche Fastpitch Club for girls ages 8-16, June 24-26, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Westside Fields, 3434 Spurgin Road. Fast paced clinic focused on developing the skills that are crucial to success on the softball field at all skill levels. Athletes will receive hands-on instruction in both offensive and defensive drills. The clinic purpose is to teach fundamentals as well as the advanced skills of fastpitch softball to various age levels. Players will further develop individual skills through individual and multiplayer drills. Clinic includes multiple hitting stations, with each player receiving individual hitting instruction. $125, and a reduced sibling rate is provided. Download camp information and registration at (under Softball Clinic Info) or call Jackie White, Club Coordinator, 240-4075.

Strength Team 2014 Summer for boys and girls in grades four through nine, Aug. 11-15, Camp Utmost, 12500 Utmost Way, Greenough. $175 if registered by May 31. $225 after, scholarships available for qualifying campers. Interact with professional athletes in the great outdoors. Activities include outdoor water park, river rafting and canoeing, archery range, basketball court, pool table, ping pong table, games, obstacle course, life size foosball, hiking and fishing. Call (888)778-3628 or visit

Missoula Underground Strength Training Center. Road to Strength and Conditioning nine week Development Course, June 16-Aug. 14, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; ages 9-11, 10 a.m.; ages 12-13, 11 a.m.; ages 14 and up, 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. $350 or two payments of $200. Other time options are available.

Three-day Speed and Agility Camp, July 11-13, 10 a.m.; Aug. 8-10, 10 a.m. $99, free for Road to Strength Participants. Michael Scialabba, director and owner, Missoula Underground Strength Training Center,, 240-6401,

Unparalleled Movement Parkour and Freerunning summer camps. 216 Commerce St. Call 530-9054 or visit

The Source Missoula offers kid’s gymnastics, garden groups, indoor treadwall, crafts, basketball, dance clases, weekly themes, outdoor games. 255 S. Russell St. Phone 203-1849 or visit

Big Sky High School Youth Soccer Camp for kids ages 5-13 who want to learn new or improve their existing soccer skills. Campers will be divided into groups according to age and skill level with a coach to camper ratio of 1:5 or better. The camp is supervised by the Big Sky Coaching Staff with both boys and girls varsity players as camp coaches. The camp will be held July 14-18, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Big Sky soccer fields, 3100 South Ave W. $100 per child includes a camp T-shirt. More information and registrations forms are available at Additional questions may be directed to Leslie at 239-5009 or

The Catalan Secret Soccer Camp. The Big Sky High School soccer program is hosting a camp featuring Pere Bascu, creator and Director of Operations of the Catalan Secret. Players will be taught the Catalan style from Barcelona, which is a decision-making oriented methodology of training that focuses on possession and attacking soccer. There will be a goalkeeper camp to improve technique and tactical fundamentals. Camp is July 28-Aug. 1 and is open to 14- through 18-year-old soccer players from any Montana high school. Camp will be held at the Big Sky soccer fields, 3100 South Ave W. Cost is $300 per week. More information and registrations forms are available at Additional questions may be directed to Jay Bostrom at 459-7585 or

Coach Shane’s Super Awesome Fun & Games Camp. “Professor of Fun” will introduce brand new games like “Human Quidditch,” “Mega Ultraball” and “Hop the Mighty SkipJammer” while instructing today’s youth to enjoy old school classics like Four Square, Kick The Can, Backyard Mini-Golf and real deal Capture the Flag all week. By the end of the week, kids will know not only what “Ollie Ollie Oxenfree” means, but will be adept at the finer points of how to make a game fun, creative and exciting enough to play again and again and be encouraged to invent their own games throughout the week. Gymnastics instruction and creative movement (human pyramids, Freakaerobics) daily with an option for group/individual photos by week’s end. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, campers bring lunch. Tie-dye shirts will be made Wednesday, returned Friday with official camp logo. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with optional early/after care. July 14-18, July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 18-22, Peaceful Heart Yoga Studio in Warehouse Mall. $150 a week. Call 241-4730; Email or visit Facebook at for more info.

Lolo School Booster Club Summer Sports Camps. Third annual Jump Rope Camp, June 23-27 (register by June 6), 9 a.m.-noon, boys and girls ages 7 and up, lower Lolo School gym. $55 per jumper (fee includes a specialized rope). $60 after June 10. Call 273-3806. Registration forms on school website The principle of this half-day camp will be the learning of single and long rope skills. Each jumper will be placed in an age ability-matched group to maximize their learning experience. Instructors JoDee Dunbar and Kristine Comstock have more than 20 years experience competing in local, regional, national and world tournaments.

Sixth annual Lolo School Volleyball Camp, June 23-26, 1-4 p.m., lower Lolo School gym, for girls entering grades six through nine. $55 ($60 if registration mailed after June 10). Call 273-3806. Registration forms on school website Head coach, Erin Keffler was a UM Grizzly player from 1987-1990. She served as sophomore coach and varsity assistant at her alma mater, Missoula Hellgate, for several years. She has also been a master level official for six years. Camp will include instruction in fundamentals of serving, passing and hitting, skills contests and team competition.

Fourth annual Multi- Sport Camp, July 21-25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lolo School Field and lower gym area. Students entering grades one through six. Camp will focus on fundamental sports skills. Sports such as basketball, football, soccer, track, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, rugby and tennis. Daily schedule to be determined, call with questions 273-3806. Early bird sign up before July 7 is $95; from July 8-21 is $115. For siblings: after first child full price, all siblings $10 off ($85 early bird or $105 regular registration). Single day sign up $30 per student, per day. Staff: Lolo Coaches Brandon Johnson and Joe Black, parent volunteers, eighth grade and high school volunteers. Registration forms on school website Mail registration forms to: Lolo Booster Club, 11395 Highway 93 Lolo, MT 59847. Or drop at Lolo school office. Checks should be made out to the Lolo Booster Club. Proceeds go to the Lolo Booster Club to help support Lolo Sports Programs.

Flathead Lake Distance Running Camp, Flathead Lake, June 15-18, June 20-23 or June 24-27. Running camp is educational, challenging and most important, fun. The four day camp includes morning and afternoon runs that take you through some of the stunning trails that Montana has to offer. Runners will be organized into groups and taken to the trail heads by van. Throughout your experience at the camp you will have the opportunity to learn all about different aspects of running. These educational sessions include valuable information about training, racing strategy and tactics, sport psychology, nutrition, injury prevention, running footwear and equipment, motivation and goal setting, and team building. $175. Apply at Contact Sara Brist, 755-6991.

Robin Selvig’s Lady Griz Cage Camp 2014 (girls only). Team Camp, completed grades five through 11, June 15-17. Contact Shannon Schweyen for specifics, 243-5338. Overnight Camp, completed grades five through 11, June 19-22. $310, stay on campus; $235, commuter camper with lunch and dinner; $190, commuter camper provide own meals. Day Camp, completed grades kindergarten through eight, July 14-17, $90. For more information on Overnight and Day camps, contact Trish Duce, 243-5779 or go to

Griz Basketball Camps. Team Camp, high school, June 13-15. Contact Kurt Paulson Owens for specifics, 439-6960. Overnight Camp, entering grades five through 12, June 23-26. $300, stay on campus; $255, commuter camper with lunch and dinner; $220, commuter camper provide own meals. Day Camp, entering grades kindergarten through seven, July 7-10 (lunch provided), $165. Register online at For more information, contact Julie Tonkin, 243-5334.

14th annual Deden Basketball Camp. The fundamentals of basketball and the opportunity to play and learn from high school coaches and college players, kindergarten through eighth grade, June 23-26; High School Camp for girls July 14-17, early registration $70, after that $75. For more information contact Karen Deden at or at 546-9230.

Athletics 4 Kids hosts a summer Strength, Speed and Agility camp, June 24-July 24 at Sentinel High School. The camp runs Mondays through Thursdays. The first week of camp will run Tuesday through Friday and the week of June 31-July 4 will run Monday through Wednesday. For five weeks the campers will learn the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. The camp offers not only the physical aspect of living healthier but your kids also will be coached on how to eat properly, how to set attainable goals and be introduced to alternative ways to stay healthy. The cost is $100. Session times are, 7:30-10 a.m. for kids entering grades 10-12, and 8:30-10:30 a.m. for kids entering grades six through nine. Brochures can be located at For questions, contact Craig Mettler, 546-0945.

Lil’ Spartan Football Camp. Spartan football coaches and players host the Lil’ Spartan Football Camp for student athletes entering grades one through four. July 29-31, 9-10:30 a.m., Sentinel High School Football Fields. The camp is $30. An emphasis will be placed on the proper techniques and fundamentals used in developing football skills. These include: blocking, tackling, passing, receiving, kicking and other specialties such as long snapping, punting and kicking. For more information go to and click on the camps tab or text Coach Oliver at 360-0276.

Future Champs Spartan Football Camp. Spartan football coaches and players will be hosting the Future Champs Spartan Football Camp for student athletes entering grades five through eight, July 29-Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sentinel High School Football Fields. The camp is $40. An emphasis will be placed on the proper techniques and fundamentals used in developing football skills. These include: blocking, tackling, passing, receiving, kicking and other specialties such as long snapping, punting and kicking. For more information go to and click on the camps tab or text Coach Oliver at 360-0276.

Larchmont Golf Course, 3200 Fort Missoula Road. Phone 721-4416. Intro to golf, June 17-19, June 24-26. Campers are introduced to the full swing, chipping and putting. The cost is $25. Get Course Ready, June 17-19, June 24-26, July 15-17 and July 29-31, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $75. Campers will work on their golf skills, along with learning golf etiquette and rules. Friday camp will include an on-course learning experience where campers will have the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned during the week. Campers will also receive a Larchmont Jr.

Fencing Summer Camps, Missoula Fencing Association, 1200 Shakespeare. Visit or call 251-4623 to register. Summer is a great time to learn new things, like the sport of modern Olympic fencing. Fencing is both athletic and strategic, exercising body and mind. Nine and Under Introduction to Fencing for ages 6-9, June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon, $95 includes all equipment and a T-shirt. All campers receive formal fencing instruction, and play games that improve coordination, fitness and basic fencing skills in a fun and creative way. Introduction to Fencing: One-week camp for children ages 10 to 16 who have never fenced before, July 7-11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $115 includes all equipment and a T-shirt. Camp activities include fencing instruction in all three weapon types: saber, epee and foil. In addition to learning fencing basics, campers play games to improve coordination, reflexes and strategy, and get a chance to show their creativity with some stage fencing. If you want an intensive summer experience of fencing, sign up for both this camp and the skills camp in August. Skills Camp: Fencers ages 10-17 with prior fencing experience (the Introductory Camp qualifies) hone their skills in this week-long camp, August 4-8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Beginning and intermediate fencers will have the opportunity to delve deeper in the sport, improving technique and adding strategy to their game. These camps are fencing intensive with some time each day spent in cross-training activities and games. Campers will finish the week with an in-camp tournament using electric scoring equipment. $115 includes most equipment (must provide or purchase a plastron) and a T-shirt.

British Soccer Camps, June 23-27. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the U.S. and Canada. Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and we have identified the key techniques and skills that your players need to work on and master to reach their true potential. With programs for each age, the curriculum includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a mini tournament play. Players also learn about our core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Sign up at and selecting camps.

Brazilian Soccer Camps. July 7-11. TetraBrazil Soccer Academy offers unique programs of technical development that challenge each player to raise their game to new heights. The TetraBrazil curriculum has been designed by our professional coaches to provide teams, coaches and players with the same, expert level of training received by the top youth players in Brazil. Each member of the TetraBrazil coaching staff will bring an authentic taste of the flair, passion, and creativity of Brazilian soccer to our camps. Sign up at and selecting camps.

FC Missoula College ID Camp (ages 14 and older). July 21-25. This camp is designed for the ages of 14 and up, both boys and girls. We will have a list of coaches from many different programs, most of the colleges are east of Montana. We will also have a goal keeper specific program designed only for goal keepers. The director of the goal keeper program was a former professional player for the Colorado Rapids and is currently the director of LSU Goal Keeper Academy in Louisiana. His is also a recruiter for the LSU Soccer program. Prior registration is recommended. For more information or updates, visit

Soccer Camp, for ages 8-17, June 9-13 and Une 23-27, Glacier Lake School, St. Ignatius. Call 745-2345 or visit

Hall of Fame Sports Academy Summer Camps, June 23-Aug. 8, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., ages 5-14. Fort Missoula Sports Complex. Basketball, football, baseball, softball, track and field, tennis, Frisbee golf, taekwondo, volleyball, bowling, rock climbing, mini-golf, golf, court hockey, dodgeball, soccer, kickball, billiards, archery, croquet and more. One week $148; four days, $135; three days, $113; two days $77; one day $39; half day $22. Packages also are available. Go to or call 360-9424.

Montana Super Skippers’ Summer Camp, June 16-19, 9-11:50, Rattlesnake School Gym. All skill levels ages 5 1/2 and older. Jump into Summer having fun and learning about jump rope. Almost three hours of activity with a few ropes causes lot of smiles, endurance and coordination. No previous skill required. Jumpers will receive a T-shirt and precision jump rope. Jumpers should bring lace up shoes, water bottle, shorts, T-shirt and snack. $100 if registered by May 20; $115 after. Print off registration forms and mail to: Montana Super Skippers, P.O. Box 16321, Missoula, MT 59808. Forms available at Call 360-9469.

Frenchtown Broncs Basketball Camp, June 9-12, Frenchtown Junior High gym. Little Broncs, grades 3-5, 9 a.m.-noon, $60. Junior Broncs, grades 6-8, 1-4 p.m., $60. Broncs, grades 9-12, 5-8 p.m., $60. Passing, dribbling, shooting, defense, one-on-one, three-on-three, team games, shooting games, prizes. Contact Michael Botsford, P.O. Box 316, Frenchtown, MT 59834. (406) 799-2687 or email

SoccerTots and HoopsterTots Missoula. Soccer and basketball programs use a variety of fun games to delight and engage kids in physical activity. Call 207-1963 or visit

Kids Bowl Free. Register your child for a summer bowling pass; two free games of bowling a day all summer. To register at Five Valleys Bowling Center, visit or call 549-4158. To register at Westside Lanes & Fun Center, visit or call 721-5263.

Stevensville Youth Soccer Camp, June 23-27, Stevensville High School soccer fields. Area coaches and collegiate players will be providing skill training for players age 4-14. All players from the Bitterroot Valley are welcome to participate. Campers receive a T-shirt and a soccer ball. For more information and to request a registration form, email Also, like us on Facebook under Stevensville Youth Soccer.

Summer Camps at Roots Sports and Learning Center, 216 Commerce St. Trampoline, gymnastics, acro arts, tumbling, dance and Roots pre-school camps. Visit for more information. Call 728-4258.

Missoula Strikers Soccer Club UK Elite Soccer Camps. July 7-11 and Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon, Playfair Park. Soccer camp for ages 5-8, $140; soccer school for ages 8-14, $140; high school aged camp for ages 14-18, $140. The UK Elite Soccer camps aim to improve every players individual technique, skill and tactical knowledge. Camps use the UK Elite Global Soccer Curriculum to teach techniques from the best soccer nations in the world. Players will receive professional instruction from the UK Elite coaches in age appropriate groups. This year we will also be adding a High School Aged camp which will provide advanced training for high school aged players. Players will also receive a UK Elite jersey and individual player evaluation. Register at For group and team discounts contact Dan at or call (206) 406-5855.

Tutoring camps

Sylvan Learning Center for grades K-12. Math and reading camps in small group settings of six students per teacher. Math Camps teach grade appropriate skills starting at third grade through Algebra. Monday through Thursday, all summer. $160. To register, call or email, 543-2522 or

  •  Reading Camps – pre-kindergarten through fouth grade reading skills.
  •  Speed Reading Camp – designed to more than double your effective reading rate.

Hughes Tutoring College Preparation Workshop Series. University of Montana, Davidson Honors College, Room 118. Over the course of four weeks, Hughes Tutoring and College Prep will be offering a series of six workshops designed for soon-to-be high school juniors and seniors and their parents as they approach the application, financial aid and standardized test processes involved in college admissions. Participants can sign up for any combination of workshops. $75 per workshop; scholarships are available based on financial need. For more information or to register, contact 241-9590 or email “How to Write a Successful Application Essay.” A two-part workshop dedicated to helping students brainstorm and draft a successful college application essay. The Tuesday session will cover brainstorming and reviewing examples of successful essays. Students will write their first draft essay at home Wednesday, then the Thursday session will consist of in-depth, one-on-one workshopping of the essay with our tutors. Tuesday, July 8, 1-3 p.m. and Thursday, July 10, 1-4 p.m.

  •  “Test Prep 101 – English & Math.” The first of two workshops dedicated to developing the skills students need to maximize their scores on the ACT and SAT. The focus at this workshop will be the English and math portions of both exams. Tuesday, July 15, 1-4 p.m.
  •  “Test Prep 102 – Critical Reading, Science, and Essay.” The second of two workshops dedicated to developing the skills students need to maximize their scores on the ACT and SAT. The focus at this workshop will be the reading and essay sections of both exams, and the science section of the ACT. Wednesday, July 16, 1-4 p.m.
  •  “Scholarships and Resume Building.” A workshop dedicated to discussing the broad spectrum of scholarships available and the steps students can take to become competitive applicants. Students will also leave with a completed first draft of their college resume. Tuesday, July 22, 1-4 p.m.
  •  “What School is Right for You?” A workshop designed to help students wade through the sometimes-intimidating field of colleges and universities to find the schools that best match their goals, skills, and desired post-secondary environment. Wednesday, July 30, 1-4 p.m.
  •  “Financial Aid Night for Parents.” A guided tour of both FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the CSS (College Scholarship Service) profile, including a discussion of the many different models colleges apply in the administration of financial aid programs. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 5-7 p.m.

Writing camps

Words With Wings 2014, an intensive writing program for ages 8-14 sponsored by the Missoula Writing Collaborative (Megan McNamer, executive director; Sheryl Noethe, artistic director; Margie Dougherty-Goodburn, camp director). On the University of Montana campus, July 14-18 and/or 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon or extended day session, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Grouped according to age. $150 per week for morning session; $250 per one week-long extended day session; $400 for two weeks or two siblings. Writers receive one-on-one direction from professional writers who teach in MWC creative writing residencies at local schools. For information or to enroll, call 549-3348, email or or visit

YMCA summer camps

Camps held at YMCA unless otherwise noted. Contact the YMCA at 3000 Russell St., 721-9622. There will be a one-time fee of $15 payable at the beginning of summer in order to register for summer camps. Campers attending full-day camps may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. Pickup is between 5 and 6 p.m.

  •  Camp Tepeetonka, ages 6 to 13. Sessions offer campers a variety of activities such as fishing, boating, archery, air rifles and crafts and much more at the beautiful Trout Meadows Ranch. All sessions are one week. July 21-Aug. 22, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $152 per week, $132 with family membership.
  •  Last Days of Summer Camp, Aug. 25-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Multi-sport camp gives kids opportunity to celebrate the last days of summer. $33; $29 with family membership.
  •  Kinderkubs, ages 5 and 6 (entering or leaving kindergarten). This program for younger campers provides an introduction for participants who are not quite old enough or ready for an extended camp experience. All sessions are one week. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $152 per week, $132 with family membership.
  •  Camp Zootown, ages 6-12. Campers will experience fun field trips in and around Missoula, weekly outings to surrounding lakes, arts and crafts, games, swimming, rock climbing and more. June 16-18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $152; $132 with family membership.
  •  Active 6 Adventure Camp, ages 11-13 with Active 6 membership. Participate in a variety of activities and adventures around Missoula. Campers will also volunteer in the community and prepare healthy snacks. July 14-18 and Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $15.
  •  Camp Imagination (Licensed), grades 1-5. Prevent summer learning loss. A fun and educational licensed program.Campers will experience field trips, activities, guest speakers and much more, intertwined with an educational component. Preregistration is required; camp is designed for children first through fifth grade. Campers must sign up by the month. June, $297, $275 with family membership; July, $621, $575 with family membership; August, $432, $400 with family membership.
  •  Climbing Camp, ages 10 and older. During this week of camp, we will progress from the basics of knot tying, safety checks and belaying to outdoor climbs on area routes. Session I, June 23-27. Session II, July 7-11. Session III, July 21-25. Session IV, Aug. 4-8. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $199 family member, $179 program participant.
  •  Outdoor Adventure Skills, ages 10 and up. Learn all sorts of outdoor skills to plan your next adventure. Go rafting and practice survival skills. July 14-18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $161 family member, $141 program participant.
  •  Babysitting Camp, ages 11 and older. June 23-27, July 14-18; July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $92 family membership, $80 program participant.
  •  Theatre Camp, ages 7 and older. The Missoula Family YMCA will be offering a camp where students can explore, have fun, and learn about themselves and the theater. The camp will finish with a full theatrical production. Session I, July 14-18, Session II, July 28-Aug. 1, Session III, Aug. 11-15. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $158 family membership, $138 program participant.
  •  Life Skills Camp, ages 11 and older. A fun life-readiness course that prepares young adults to be responsible for themselves and younger siblings. Campers will learn how to access public transportation, shop for groceries safely, cook a healthy meal, learn basic first aid and CPR and more. June 30-July 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $90 program participant, $80 with family membership.

Full- or half-day sports camps:

Full day is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half day is 9 a.m.-noon. Full day fee is $152 or $132 with family membership. Half day is $86 or $74 with family membership.

  •  Baseball/Softball Camp, ages 6-12. July 7-11 and Aug. 11-15, YMCA and Playfair Park.
  •  Flag Football Camp, ages 6-12. This co-ed camp will teach kids the basic rules and procedures of football as well as sportsmanship and fair play. Session I, July 14-18. Session II, July 28-Aug. 1. YMCA and Playfair Park.
  •  Soccer Camp, ages 6-12. Learn new skills and fun camps. Session I, June 16-20. Session II, July 21-25.
  •  Basketball Camp, ages 6-12. Learn fundamentals of dribblings, shooting and passing as well as team play and sportsmanship. Session I, June 23-27. Session II, Aug. 4-8. YMCA and Playfair Park.
  •  Multi Sports Camp. This co-ed camp combines All Star Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, and Baseball/Softball Camps. Session I, June 30-July 3. Session II, Aug. 18-22. YMCA and Playfair Park. Ages 6-12. YMCA and Playfair Park.

Half-day camps only:

  •  Fly-Fishing Camp, ages 8-13. The outfitters and guides at the Missoulian Angler will lead a week long class that teaches kids about basic equipment, casting, tying knots, bugs and catching fish. June 16-20, July 14-18 and July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $88 or $75 with family membership.
  •  Swimming Technique, ages 7-17. Have fun and refine your strokes to prepare for joining the Completitive Swim Team Or learn new strokes to develop your abilities. Participants must be able to swim the length of pool and know the four basic strokes. Aug. 4-8, ages 5-8, 1-4 p.m.; Aug. 11-15, ages 9-11, 9 a.m. -noon or 1-4 p.m.; Aug. 18-22, ages 12-18, 9 a.m.-noon and ages 5-8, 1-4 p.m. $85, $75 with family membership.
  •  Rookie Camp: Mini-Sport Camp is a program especially designed to introduce young children ages 4-6 to soccer, baseball and basketball. Session I, June 23-27. Session II, July 7-11. Session III, July 21-25. Session IV, July 28-Aug. 1. Session V, Aug. 11-15. Time: Group I, 9:30-noon. Group II, 1-3:30 p.m. Half-day only $75 family membership. $60 program participant.
  •  Tennis Camp, ages 5-13. Focuses on how to use a racquet and works on skills to develop into a tennis player. June 16-20 and Aug. 18-22. Ages 5-9, 1:30-3:30; ages 10-13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $75, $60 with family membership.
  •  Golf Camp, ages 7-14. Players who are just getting started begin with the basic fundamentals such as the grip, aiming and stance, with irons and woods, along with chipping and putting for their short game. Session I, June 30-July 3, Session II, Aug. 11-15, 9 a.m.-noon, YMCA. $105 or $90 with family membership.
  •  Biking Camp, ages 6-10. Campers get support with a low child-to-staff ratio in a small camp environment. Equipment requirement: helmet and bike small enough that child can firmly touch the ground while seated. June 30-July 3 and July 28-Aug. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $88, $66 with family membership.
  •  Volleyball Camp. July 14-18. YMCA. Ages 10-12, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 7-9, 1-4 p.m. $75 family membership, $90 program participant.
  •  Lacrosse Camp. Aug. 4-8, YMCA. Ages 7-9, 9 a.m.–noon. Ages 10-12, 1-4 p.m. $75 family membership. $90 program participant.
  •  Gymnastics Camps: Participants will develop skills using mats, parallel bar, the balance beam and springboard. Ages 3-6: Session I, July 16-20. Session II, July 7-11. Session III, Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m.-noon. Y Kid’s Gym. $75, $60 with family membership.
  •  Skate Camp. Skateboard and in-line skating camps are offered to give you the skills to tear it up on the ramps this summer. Skateboards and skates not provided. Ages 5 and up, June 23-27, July 7-11, or Aug. 18-22, 9 a.m.-noon. $75 or $60 with family membership.
  •  Disc Sports, ages 7-10. Learn the differnt techniques for Frisbee, disc golf and ultimate Frisbee. July 21-25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $82, $68 with family membership.
  •  Arts Unlimited, ages 7 and older. Exposes campers to a variety of different types of art. Campers will also visit local galleries and studios. June 16-20, July 7-11 and Aug. 4-8, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $161 or $141 with a family membership.
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