K-5th Camp

Check out the slideshow of 13 items below:

  • Slide Title: Campers hiking
  • Slide Title: Exploring on a hike
  • Slide Title: Rafting shenanigans
  • Slide Title: Rafting
  • Slide Title: Biking on the Kim Williams Trail
  • Slide Title: Practicing yoga
  • Slide Title: Meeting Monte
  • Slide Title: Investigating local plant life
  • Slide Title: Stick sports
  • Slide Title: Rock climbing
  • Slide Title: Basketball
  • Slide Title: Track and field
  • Slide Title: In Washington-Grizzly Stadium

Registration for Summer 2020 Youth Camps will be live January 15.  

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If you have not enrolled a child in Youth Camps before, please take the time to review the registration process.

Contact us by phone at 406-243-5295 or by email if you have any questions!

Summer 2020

We offer ten week-long sessions June 15-August 21. Each session runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., with optional before- and after-recreation hours extending the camp day to 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Our full-day camps are available for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall.

Mission Statement

University of Montana Campus Recreation Youth Camps is designed to foster a child’s sense of autonomy while exploring all forms of recreation. In doing so, we hope to foster a lifelong love for recreation in the youth of our community.

Camp Pricing

Per Week Pre-Rec Hours
(7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.)
After-Rec Hours
(3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
$160 $12 per week $25 per week

Each child receives one Youth Camps T-shirt per summer. Children are encouraged to wear their shirts on Fridays.  Each child will also receive a button for each week he or she attends camp. 

Campers will provide their own:  Sunscreen, water bottle, lunch and snacks, backpack, swimsuit, towel, medications and anything else necessary for your specific child's needs.

Daily Schedule

Each week campers have the opportunity to take part in three swim instruction lessons, fitness activities, outdoor adventures, educational sessions and craft activities to go along with each weekly morning activity theme. The following is a general timeline of what to expect each day:

Monday - Friday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Optional pre-rec hours
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.:  Drop off
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:  Activity theme
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.:  Lunch (campers provide their own lunch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.:  Swim/Outdoor/Educational Activity
  • 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.:  Pickup
  • 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.:  Optional after-rec hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons the campers will receive swim instruction.  It takes a while to finalize all of the details that go into each day outside of the morning themes.  We update this information as we confirm special guests and other university and community groups and familiarize ourselves with the talents and skills of our new counselors.  While we are busy planning, please feel free to take a look at an overview of the activities from Tuesday and Thursday each week from a previous year. 

Each day during the morning session, we check children in between 8:30 and 9 a.m. After check-in we play a large group game with all campers which is coordinated by our counselors.  Following the group game, we break the camp into three groups: the Cubs (kindergarten and first graders), the Bears (second- and third-graders) and the Griz (fourth and fifth graders).  Although all the children will be focusing on the morning theme of the week, the curriculum is designed to be age-specific for each group.

We break for lunch at noon and typically find a shady or dry location to eat (we ask children to pack their own lunches).  After children finish their lunches, we facilitate free play by letting the children choose the activity. They can pick from a variety of options such as a large game of capture the flag, sidewalk chalk, reading books or tag games.  From 1-3:15 p.m., we break the children into age groups.  On swim lesson days, we break them up into three groups according to age and swim abilities.  Each group is in the pool for about 45 minutes. The first 30 minutes is swim lessons and the last 15 is free swim. While one group is in the pool, the others take part in the activities listed below (some of these activities will be updated as we secure guests and get to know our counselors abilities and special skills).

Weekly Sessions

Please Note: All camp activities are subject to changes based on camp enrollment sizes, weather and personnel availability.

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is outdoor adventure (climbing skills focus).

Monday: Climbing skills (Climbing Movement & Knot Tying)
Tuesday:  Rock Creek Confluence Field Trip
Wednesday: Climbing communication and climbing holds
Thursday: Indoor Rock climbing, Slacklining, TBA
Friday: Indoor Rock climbing, Slacklining, TBA

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: Rock Creek Confluence Field Trip
Wednesday:  Swim lessons, Yoga, Leave No Trace Education
Thursday: Hiking on Mount Sentinel 
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is soccer.

Monday: Dribbling and ball skills
Tuesday: Passing
Wednesday: Shooting
Thursday:  Team play - Combinations
Friday: Team games and camper's choice

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: Indoor Climbing,  Bootcamp Fitness (kid version), TBA
Wednesday: Swim lessons, TBA 
Thursday: Indoor Climbing, TBA
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA

 

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is football/volleyball.

Monday: Passing and catching/pepper and footwork
Tuesday: Lineman game route tree/setting, passing and digging
Wednesday: Punting and kicking/serving and queen of the court
Thursday: Team play/team play
Friday: Team play and camper's choice/team play and camper's choice

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: TBA
Wednesday: Swim lessons,
Thursday: TBA
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is baseball/softball/tee ball.

Monday: Throwing and catching
Tuesday: Fielding
Wednesday: Batting
Thursday: Small games
Friday: Large game play and Missoula Osprey

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: TBA
Wednesday: Swim lessons, slacklines 
Thursday: TBA
Friday: Swim lessons, dodgeball 

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is outdoor adventure.

Monday: Hiking
Tuesday: Climbing
Wednesday: Rafting information stations, kayak relay 
Thursday:  Rafting 
Friday: Leave no trace and Watershed Education 

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: Climbing 
Wednesday: Swim lessons, TBA
Thursday:  Rafting 
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is basketball.

Monday: Dribbling and ball handling
Tuesday: Passing
Wednesday: Shooting
Thursday: Small game play and tactical plays
Friday: Team play and camper's choice

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: TBA
Wednesday: Swim lessons, TBA
Thursday: TBA
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is outdoor adventure.

Monday: Camp Ready (Camp setup and backpacking preparation)
Tuesday: Nature Walk, Scavenger Hunt, Nature Craft 
Wednesday: Rafting info stations 
Thursday: Raft day 
Friday: Biking, Bike maintenance, Bike Rodeo

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: TBA 
Wednesday: Swim lessons, TBA
Thursday: Raft day 
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA 

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is track and field.

Monday: Sprints and relays
Tuesday: Jumping events
Wednesday: Distance running
Thursday: Throwing
Friday: Celebrate the Olympics Track Meet (City Parks Camp will join)

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA 
Tuesday: TBA 
Wednesday: Swim lessons, TBA
Thursday: TBA
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is basketball.

Monday: Dribbling and ball handling
Tuesday: Passing
Wednesday: Shooting
Thursday: Small game play and tactical plays
Friday: Team play and camper's choice

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: TBA
Wednesday: Swim lessons, TBA
Thursday: TBA 
Friday: Swim lessons,TBA

Morning Session

This week's morning theme is soccer.

Monday: Dribbling and ball skills
Tuesday: Passing
Wednesday: Shooting
Thursday:  Team play - Combinations
Friday: Team games and camper's choice

Afternoon Session

Monday: Swim lessons, TBA
Tuesday: TBA
Wednesday: Swim lessons, TBA 
Thursday: TBA
Friday: Swim lessons, TBA

Location and Transportation

The majority of the week campers will be on or near the main University of Montana campus with the exception of any field trips, hikes and bike rides mentioned above.  Facilities include, but are not limited to: South Campus fields, Riverbowl fields, Fitness and Recreation Center, Grizzly Pool, Schreiber Gym and the University of Montana Golf Course. 

Campus Map

Transportation

Campers will travel around campus on foot.  We will take the Mountain Line to and from South Campus if needed.  Transportation for field trips off of campus will be provided by Beach Transportation.

Parking

Camp parents will not be ticketed if they use the main lot in front of the Adams Center, Lot Z or the lot between the two riverbowl fields. It is important for you to use these spots to avoid getting a parking ticket.