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 nine week-long sessions June 15-August 14. 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. (See changes to our operational times below related to COVID-19).

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

COVID-19 & Camp

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 canceling 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. 

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

*Pre and After-Rec are not offered during the month of June due to COVID-19.

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 (subject to change related to COVID)

Please refer to your "week before camp" emails for details about how the following schedule is changed as COVID-19 guidelines change.

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 (not offered in June)
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.:  Drop off (8:00-8:30a in June)
  • 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 (3:30-4:00p in June)
  • 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.:  Optional after-rec hours (not offered in June)

Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons the campers will receive swim instruction (Not offered in the month of June, and possibly all summer).  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 COVID-19, camp enrollment sizes, weather and personnel availability.

Morning Session

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

Monday: Leave No Trace, Tag Games, Fitness Activity
Tuesday: What’s in Your Backpack, Bear Aware, Capture the Flag
Wednesday: Hiking/Nature Walks
Thursday: Scavenger Hunt, Camp Ready
Friday: Dinosaur Tag, World Cup, “What’s my name”

Afternoon Session

Monday: Knot Tying, Counselor’s Choice, Quiet Games
Tuesday: Yoga, Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets, Nature Walk
     Craft:   https://onelittleproject.com/pipe-cleaner-finger-puppets/
Wednesday:  DragonTails, Sidewalk Chalk, Jet Ball
Thursday: Origami Dinosaurs, Modified Castleball, Watershed Ed.
       Craft: Putting together documents with examples.
Friday: Coloring, Rock, Paper, Scissors Relay, Camper’s Choice

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:Kickball, NIght at the Museum, Macaroni Art
Tuesday: Bootcamp Fitness (kid version), Flag Football, Quiet Games
Wednesday: Thank you cards to first responders/essential workers, Yoga, Capture the Flag
Thursday: Rock Paper Scissors Relay, Art/Craft, Counselor’s Choice active game
Friday: Dance Party, Foursquare/Sidewalk Chalk, Ultimate Frisbee


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: Gaga Ball, Music Activity, Hungry Caterpillars
Tuesday: Planting, Sharks and Minnows, Cornhole
Wednesday: Dodgeball, Friendship Bracelets, World Cup
Thursday: Hiking/Nature Walks
Friday: Oula/Yoga, Ship to Shore, Football

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

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


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.


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.