OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP

Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) LLC announces its 2022 Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp, our 23rd season!  For availability, please contact us at info@MissoulaOutdoors.com.  We try to respond to all inquiries as quick as we can, usually within 24hrs.  We need to know the child(ren)’s age, birthdate, and current grade level.  Please be sure to check your school calendar for last day in the spring and first day back in the fall!  This year, we will be open June 6 – August 26.  Special adventure travel trips this year for middle- and high-school (more info below).  As of May 1st, most weeks are full with just a few spots remaining.

MOLA summer camp is like no other in Missoula, action-packed and dedicated to outdoor learning adventures each and every day with similar-aged kids.  Each week, kids can expect to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, with opportunities to hike, bike, raft, climb, canoe or kayak, and swimCurrent middle-schoolers will have a weekly campout, covid allowing.  Campers can expect to learn leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, outdoor skills, and appreciation for the natural world, all while making new friends and improving fitness.  We were the first to offer outdoor adventure camps for kids in Missoula, all those years ago.  We know all the best spots to go, and we have extensive permits that allow us to go places no other groups can.  After 20+ years, we’ve got things pretty well figured out!

MOLA offers week-long sessions, Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm, all summer.  Camp is open to youth from Kindergarten through Elementary School, Middle-School, & High-School.  Each week, campers are separated by age into different groups and participate with peers in all of our great outdoor activities at age-appropriate levels.  Age groups vary somewhat each week but are typically 6-7/7-8/8-9/9-11/11-14yrs.  Campers may be placed in groups with younger and/or older children.  For kids currently in kindergarten, they must be 6yrs by end of summer.  For high-schoolers, there are Leader-In-Training placements throughout summer.

Sessions are one week in length, with a new session starting each Monday, and destinations change each week.  Kids can attend several weeks and hardly visit the same place twice.  We will consider older or younger kids for different age groups (friends, siblings, cousins, etc.) on a case by case basis. Parents are welcome to join us anytime!  We travel in all directions with permits from Lolo National Forest, Bitterroot NF, Flathead NF, BLM, Montana FWP, and City of Missoula.

Special Weeks

This year, in a revival of past programs, we will offer 2 travel trips for current middle- and high-schoolers!  We will also have our in-town adventure camp for middle-schoolers during these weeks.  Please contact us for more info and details.

July 4-8   Base camp at Georgetown Lake.  Tentative itinerary – hike, bike, climb, canoe, and boating/tubing.  Estimated cost $395.

July 18-22   Travel trip to West Coast & Olympic Peninsula.  Tentative itinerary – hike, climb, sail, sea kayak.  Estimate cost $495.

Schedule 

Camp is open 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.  Activities generally run from 9am – 4pm daily, with drop-off from 8:30-9:00am and pick-up from 4pm-5:30pm.  We meet each morning at the central location of Silver Park, next to the baseball stadium, then head out for the day’s adventure.  Fridays we depart directly from our campsite (if applicable) and return to Silver Park by 4pm.  MOLA staff are always present during dropoff & pickup hours.  Extended hours for early dropoff and late pickup (7:45am-6:15pm) available at small additional cost with advance notice.  Older campers are welcome to arrive and depart from camp on their own, with parent approval.  Mondays are the same for each group, while the rest of the week varies.

Here is an example week. Actual itineraries will vary!

Monday – Team Games at Silver Park;  Hike Mt. Jumbo; Swim in Rattlesnake Creek

 Tuesday – Bike Riverfront Trails; Canoe & Swim Beavertail Pond

 Wednesday – Rock Climb at Rattler Gulch

Thursday – Raft Blackfoot River

 Friday – Hike to Dinah Lake in Mission Mountains

Cost

This year, we are able to offer our camp for $240 per one-week session.  Our fee includes instruction, transportation, permits, and group gear.  This is 8:30am-5:30pm everyday (with an overnight on Thursday if we can).  For the full day, that’s $5.33/hr for your child to have an amazing experience!  You’ll find no other camp around offers so much for this price!  We are committed to offering financial help to anyone who needs it, so please let us know if you need assistance (or if you can offer assistance) – we don’t want to turn anyone away!

Staff

MOLA’s summer camp staff always have excellent qualifications and experience!  Founder and Director Porter Hammitt continues to function as lead instructor, with 25+ years of experience in the field, an MS in Outdoor Recreation, doctorate-level studies in Education and Ecology, numerous training safety certifications, and two young boys of his own.

Other staff are selected for their skills, experience, training, abilities, and personality, then go through still more training.  We have staff return every year, with spans of 6yrs, 5yrs, 4yrs, and many at 3yrs and 2yrs, respectively, over our lifetime.  All staff are required to complete Wilderness First Aid (WFA), a comprehensive 2-day, 16-hour course. We put a premium on safety, and it’s our No. 1 priority every day.  Each group travels with two leaders, and a climbing guide joins each group on their climbing days.  Our leader to camper ratio is up to 1:7 for younger kids, up to 1:10 for older kids.  We carry full insurance for our program and our vehicles.

Leader-In-Training for Young Adults

For youth who are age 15 by end of summer and have completed freshman year of high school, we have opportunities for “Leader-In-Training” placements.  This is a great way for young people to gain valuable leadership and job skills, and start building resumes.  Cost is the same as regular camp, and they are placed with a younger group for the whole week, working as an assistant leader.  Many of our campers have gone on to participate in this program in high-school, and we have proudly provided recommendations to many employers.

Special Days and Concerns

Monday you will receive an itinerary for the week. Please make sure you have the correct forms for your child’s group and learn their leaders’ names!  Bike day, campers will need to bring bike and helmet.  Whatever bike he/she is most comfortable with should work fine.  We have bikes and helmets available to rent for $10. Training wheels are okay, and we also have a bike trailer. Raft day, campers should be prepared to spend the day on/in the water.  Climb day, kids can wear normal clothes and shoes.  If possible, THURSDAY IS CAMPOUT for kids who are currently middle-schoolers, and campers should come prepared to spend the night.  Be sure to take a slip with directions and sign up to bring a food-item to help feed the kids.  Parents are invited to join us!  EVERY DAY, campers should bring swimsuit, swimshirt, towel, and watershoes.  Warm days, we usually swim after the main activity.  Rainy days, we often go to a hotsprings. When swimming, our younger campers always wear life jackets!

4th of July – This year, the 4th is on Monday.  We will offer a full week of camp as normal that week, with Monday the 4th being optional.

Gear List

Face Mask, Gym Shoes, Daypack, Water, Lunch, Snack, Sunhat, Shades, Swimsuit or Swimshorts, Swimshirt (longsleeve), Water Shoes, Medium size towel. Please apply sunscreen in the morning, we will reapply after lunch.

Rendezvous Spot

Our meeting place is Silver Park, which is centrally located downtown along the south side of the Clark Fork River, adjacent to the baseball stadium.  You can access the park from the east via Cregg Lane off Orange; from the south via Hickory Street off 3rd; or from the west via Wyoming Street off Russell. There is plenty of parking, but it can be congested at times, so please be courteous of other park users and area residents. On game days for the baseball team, it’s best to arrive for pickup before 5pm.

Registration and Payment Policy 

FIRST STEPEmail info@MissoulaOutdoors.com to check on availability and/or make reservations!  Reservations made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Camp fee is $240/week per child. Deposit $100/week per child.  Maximum deposit required is $500 per child.  Registration forms and deposit required within 5 days of confirmed reservation to guarantee space.  We can accept cash, check, or Venmo.  Payment of deposit and/or submitting registration forms and/or attending camp implies agreement to pay full amount of session(s).  You are expected to pay full amount if you cancel with less than 30 days notice, or do not attend, for any reason, unless substitute can be found.  (We usually have a waitlist, so this is rarely a problem.)  Any changes, cancellation, or returned checks subject to automatic charge of $50 per week.  Notice of change or cancellation must be received in writing via email or text message and confirmed by MOLA Director.  Weekly balance due Monday morning at start of each session, without which child(ren) may not be allowed to attend.  If not checked in by Monday morning 9am, your spot(s) may be forfeited, without refund and with full payment required.  Refunds provided subject to MOLA’s discretion, and cannot be issued until after September 1st.  You are responsible for circling correct date(s) on registration form.  We accept cash, check, or find us on Venmo:  @MOLA-MissoulaOutdoors.  Please make checks payable to MOLA.  MOLA is an equal opportunity service provider.

Waitlist

We ALWAYS fill up, every week, all summer.  We do often have spots become available throughout the summer, sometimes on short notice.  Please let us know if you’d like to be on the waitlist, if you’re available last-minute, and the best way to contact you.

Forms

Registration forms are here (2 pages):   MOLA Registration Forms 2022

Please check format before printing!  Remember, please contact us first to check on availability and make reservations.  Please email info@MissoulaOutdoors.com first!  Once a reservation is made, we can guarantee the spot for 5 days, so you have a chance to send in forms and deposit check.  We can accept cash, check, or Venmo.

COVID-19 updates for Summer 2022:  MOLA summer camp plans to open on schedule June 6.  We will follow guidance from Missoula City/County Health Dep’t., as well as the State of Montana.  We will have additional safety protocol:  daily health checks for staff and campers, distancing when possible, lots of hand-sanitizing, etc.  We will have Thursday night campout for kids who are currently middle-schoolers, as long as covid allows.   We are one of many small businesses in Missoula working through a few tough years, and we are grateful for your support!

We Hope You Will Join Us!

Contact us soon to hold a spot or answer questions.  Feel free to print and make copies of this page, pass it on, spread the word, or invite a friend.  We appreciate your help!  Our guarantee: kids will be active and outside, they’ll learn about themselves and their surroundings, they’ll be challenged, they’ll meet new friends, and they’ll have fun!

Here’s what some parents have said:

“I’m glad your program is so successful and enduring.  Our girls have certainly enjoyed their times with you and your staff over the years.  Thank you!”

“Thank you so much for putting on such an incredible camp!  My boys absolutely loved it and we will definitely do it again next  year.”

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