Junior High Overnight Camp

Registration for Summer 2020 Junior High Overnight Camps is open! 

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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 are located in beautiful Missoula, Montana, and provide two one-week sessions July 13- July 24. Each session runs Monday through Friday. Drop-off is Monday at 8 a.m., and pickup is Friday at 3:00 p.m. 

Our residential camp is for middle school/junior high children entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in Fall 2020.

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.

Weekly Sessions

  • Monday:  Hike the "M" and/or to the top of Mt. Sentinel, Campus Tour, Missoula Paddle Heads Game
  • Tuesday:  Whitewater Rafting, Movie Night
  • Wednesday:  Head to Glacier National Park, Glacier Tour, Team Building, Campout
  • Thursday:  Hiking in Glacier, Camp Games, Campout
  • Friday:  Return home
  • Monday:  Hike the "M" and/or to the top of Mt. Sentinel, Campus Tour, Carousel of Missoula
  • Tuesday: Whitewater Rafting, Movie Night
  • Wednesday:  Lewis and Clark Caverns, water games at campsite, campout
  • Thursday:  water fun at campsite, Gates of the Mountain boat tour, swim
  • Friday:  Return home

Camp Pricing

$500 per week.

Each child receives one long-sleeved shirt per summer. Children are encouraged to wear their shirts on Friday.  

Campers will provide their own:  Sunscreen, water bottle, and backpack. Additionally they will come equipped with clothes for the week, swim suit, towel, medications, water shoes, hiking shoes and anything else that is necessary for their specific needs. Please see the packing list below for what to bring and what not to bring.

Daily Schedule

Each week of summer camp brings new opportunities for campers to take part in. The main activities are hosted off-campus and provide campers with a unique experience of Montana’s recreational opportunities. During the evenings, campers will engage in counselor-led games and activities. The following is a sample of what to expect each day:


  • 8:00-9:00 Drop-off
  • 9:15-10:15 Load bus to drive to Garnet Ghost Town
  • 10:30 Arrive at Garnet Ghost Town
  • 11:00-12:00 Start tour
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 Second tour
  • 2:30-3:30 Head back to campus
  • 3:30- 5:00 Games
  • 5:00-6:00 Rest hour/shower time/join counselors in games
  • 6:00-7:00 Dinner
  • 7:00- 9:30 Movies and popcorn
  • 9:30 Bedtime snack/calm activities
  • 10:00-10:30 Lights out

On Thursday of each week, with the exception of week two, is a campout day. The second week incorporates a two-day campout in Glacier National Park. Campouts are at designated sites near the event that takes place that day. Campers will cook their own food over a campfire and set up the camping site. After the campsite is set up, campers will have the choice of going on a hike or playing games nearby. An example of a campout day is below.


  • 7:15 Rise and shine
  • 8:00-9:00 Breakfast
  •  9:15-11:45 Head to Lewis and Clark Caverns
  • 11:45-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 Caves
  • 3:30-4:30 Explore museum
  • 4:30-6:00 Set up Camp at Lewis and Clark Caverns campsite
  • 6:00-7:00 Cook camp food, s’mores
  • 7:00-10:00 Campfire stories, games, hike
  • 10:00 Quiet time
  • 10:30 Lights out

Meals and Accommodations

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, with the exception of Monday’s breakfast. Meals will be provided at the UM Dining's Food Zoo cafeteria except on campout day. Youth Camps will furnish meals during the campout. Dietary needs and restrictions will be met with the dining hall and campout meals.

Children will be staying in University of Montana residential halls throughout their stay with the exception of campout days. Students have the option to request a roommate upon registration. If a roommate is not specified, we will make every effort to room each student with a camper their age. Boys and girls will typically be housed on separate floors or opposite wings of the residential halls.

Supervision and Oversight

Campus Recreation Youth Camps staff undergoes background checks and will be on site during all activities. There will be a hall monitor throughout the whole night on each floor to ensure the safety of the children. Our staff is housed in the same residential hall as our UM students. During campout night, we will have a counselor in each tent with the campers. 

Packing List

A more in-depth packing list will be included in the parent manual sent when registration is complete.

Items to Bring

  • Clothes for a week
  • Swim suit
  • Tennis shoes
  • Water shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Medication
  • Bug repellent
  • Hat
  • Flashlight (optional)
  • Pillow
  • Rain jacket
  • Towel
  • Eyeglasses or contacts, if needed
  • Camera (optional)

Items Not to Bring

  • Personal music players, or any electronics
  • Valuables that may get lost, stolen or damaged
  • Magazines, e-book readers, food, drinks, gum, candy
  • Medications or vitamins of any kind not on your health form
  • Jewelry
  • Weapons
  • Fidget spinners
  • Cell phones

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 - At Camp

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 and/or University of Montana vans driven by our camp counselors.

Transportation - Airport

We do provide transportation from and to the Missoula International Airport.  Please contact us in advance to make arrangements.  crec.youthcamps@mso.umt.edu 


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.

We invite you to come stay and play this summer at the University of Montana in Missoula!