Youth Camps

University of Montana Campus Recreation Youth Camps fosters in our community's children a lifelong love of recreation. As campers play, they are engaged, learning and growing as individuals throughout summer break. Each week they explore fitness activities, educational sessions, swimming, and craft activities. Youth Camps also provides outdoor adventures such as hikes, field trips and bike rides. Talented, enthusiastic camp counselors mentor, coach and provide a safe environment for the campers to play, swim and grow. 

June 3, 2020
COVID-19 Update Campus Rec Youth Camps 

Camp is on!

We will begin with Session 1 on June 15 as originally scheduled. Camp is going to look, feel, and be different compared to camps offered in the past.  What is most important is that we plan on getting your children out of your home, keeping them active through recreation, engaged with others, crafting, and having FUN!  

Registration is live...again

Registration is open, spread the word!  If you have issues with our registration please give us a call and we can help over the phone. However, please keep in mind that we are working from home, for the most part.  So we may not answer, please leave a message and we will call you back ASAP.  Our director receives an email when someone leaves a voicemail. (406) 243-5295 

Restructuring of camp session 1

We are unable to operate specific themed sessions due to restrictions on specific activities.  For this reason we will have to change our original theme for some sessions.  As of today, we have only changed one session.  If we feel we need to make changes to other sessions we will communicate those changes.

Session 1: Original focus of climbing skills will be changed to Outdoor Activities.  For more information about some of the activities we have planned please visit: K-5th Camp and scroll down to the “Weekly Sessions” section.  

Taking fewer campers in session 1-3 

We will be limiting camp enrollment to 80 campers per session.  So please register as soon as you can.  If we are full we will accept people on the waitlist and will contact you if a spot opens up. 

Sessions 4-9

We are currently planning on operating sessions 4-9.  Of course, as we all know, times are very dynamic and we will continue to follow recommendations set by the State of Montana, Missoula County Health Department and the University. 

Session 10

The University of Montana has decided to begin the academic year on August 17.  Therefore, we are unable to offer our originally scheduled session 10.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  

Pre Rec, After Rec and Camp Hours

After Rec will be happening!  Our last update on May 15 stated that we would not have pre & after rec during the first three sessions.  However, now that we are in phase 2 of reopening we are able to offer after rec (3:45-5:30p). We’ve decided not to offer pre rec because we typically do not have the numbers to support the staff needed to follow County Health COVID guidelines.  We will, however, have regular camp drop off a half hour earlier than we have in previous years, 8:00-8:30am.  

Swim instruction & free swim

Unfortunately, the Grizzly Pool is currently closed and swim lessons will not be offered during the camp season 2020.   We know our swim lessons are a huge draw to our camps, we are sorry we are unable to offer them. 

Field Trips and 3rd Party Guests

As of today, we are unable to transport children to and from our originally planned field trips.  Therefore, we are cancelling all June field trips.  Also, we will not have any 3rd party guests during the month of June.

Specific COVID-19 Protocols, Procedures, and Policies (During Phase 1 of Reopening MT)

We will have many changes and additions to the way we operate our camp. Below is a brief overview of these changes.  We will have more details about all of our protocols pertaining to COVID-19 in our parent handbook.  If you have questions in the meantime, please send us an email or give us a call.

  • We will break camp into two to three separate camps of no more than 50 individuals (includes staff & campers).  These camps will be made up of age groups.  K & 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 4th & 5th
  • Our age groups will not be in contact with each other throughout the day.  
  • Drop-off and pickup - will be at three different locations all near the same facility.  We will send you detailed information the week prior to camp.  We will also ask that all people maintain 6’ separation while checking in their child.  We will have cones for a visual assistant.  
  • Our staff will do daily self health assessments.
  • Weekly parent health assessments for each camper.
  • 14 day quarantine for out-of-state travelers or residence will no longer be required. 
  • We will not be using public transportation or Beach transportation during the month of June.
  • Cleaning of supplies and equipment daily, and will not be shared between groups of 50.
  • Our staff will wear masks any time social distancing of 6’ cannot be maintained (outside the groups of 50).
  • We are not requiring any camper to wear a mask at any time.  If you would prefer your child to wear a mask please send them with their own daily.

Dynamic times call for flexibility

We will be closely monitoring any changes within the guidelines given to us by the State of Montana, Missoula County Health Department, and the University of Montana.  Our camp will change as they change.  This means we could move closer to operating in our normal way, but it also means we could take a step back at any time.  We will always communicate when decisions are made that affect the operation of our camp.

All planned activities and themes are subject to change.  We ask for your patience and understanding. 

Refunds, Session exchange, Scholarship Fund Donations

We understand the decision to sign up for specific sessions is at times based on the theme of the week.  If you your child is registered for a session we changed the morning theme of and you no longer want to attend the session please send us an email campusrec.youthcamps@mso.umt.edu and let us know the following:

  1. Please cancel our registration for session ___, and move us into session ___.
  2. Please cancel our registration for session ___, and refund our registration fees.
  3. Please cancel our registration for session ___, and we would like to donate our fee to the camp scholarship fund.  

Outside of theme changes, if you are not comfortable with your child attending our camp due to COVID-19, we will issue you a full refund upon request.  Please email us with this request. 


Junior High Overnight Camp
We have decided to cancel these camps for the 2020 summer.  We believe this is the best decision for the safety of our campers and staff, as well as, to ease any travel planning decisions families are trying to make.

As you all know, this is a very dynamic situation we are all going through right now.  A lot of circumstances came into play while making the decision for our Junior High Camp. The nature of an overnight camp keeps our campers and staff in very close proximity to each other on a daily basis.  At this point we do not know what the social distance measure will be by mid-summer. There is much planning for these camps, and decisions that need to be made now to assure camp goes on without a flaw.  Many families need to make travel arrangements to attend our overnight camps, this is tough to do without knowing what the limitations will be as mandated by our governing bodies.   
Again, we are sorry to bring this news, thank you for your understanding and patience.  We look forward to summer 2021, so please look for our Junior High Overnight Camps in future summers.

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