Kid's Summer Camps: Youth activities for a variety of interests

2013-06-16T00:45:00Z Kid's Summer Camps: Youth activities for a variety of interests Montana Standard
June 16, 2013 12:45 am

Performing arts

Theater camp

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Summer Theatre Camp will be offered by The Mother Lode Theatre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, June 17-29. All experience levels are welcome for ages 7 to 18. Participants will learn and improve their acting, singing, dancing, creative thinking, and team building. At the camp’s end, participants will perform Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” Kids Version on Friday and Saturday. Tuition is $225; financial aid is available. Call the Mother Lode Theatre 723-3602 for details.

Deer Lodge camp

Cutler Bros Productions in Deer Lodge will hold its Summer Theater Children’s Camp from June 17 to July 2 and perform “Willy Wonka Junior.” The camp meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provides an opportunity for your child, in grades 1-9, to develop confidence, acting skills and have their moment on stage — singing, dancing, acting, and more. Registration is $200 (scholarships available). For details on fees and age requirements contact Cutler Bros at 846-4115.

Dance camp

Miss K’s Dance first summer camp meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 15-17. The second camp meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 29-30. The cost for each week is $30. Boys and girls ages 5 and up are invited to dance in the Fourth of July parade with signups held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 13, at Miss K’s Dance, 110 W. Park St. Cost to be in the parade is $25 and includes a T-shirt to be worn in the parade. Call 491-8485.

Jazz camp

Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., offers Yellowstone Jazz Camp July 7-12 for high school and adult musicians. It meets at the college’s Mickelson Field Station near Sunlight Basin. Scholarships are available, some of which are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to the website for details on the amount of the scholarships and qualifications such as state honor band, being a high school senior, and awards for solo and small ensemble performances. For details visit, or call camp director Tim Schoessler at 800-560-4692, ext. 6112.


Reading fun

Butte-Silver Bow Public Library has started its 2013 Summer Reading programs. Children, teens, and adult readers can sign-up for them at both library locations. For details, contact Regan at 723.3361 Ext. 6302 or email

Adventure school

Gloria Dei Adventure School is for children who like to learn, explore, and have fun all at the same time. It offers hiking, crafts, field trips, movies, waterparks and more. The eight-week program meets from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, June 17-Aug. 14. Children should bring a sack lunch and the school provides two snacks a day. The weekly rate is $62.50, four weeks is $240 and eight weeks is $475. For details call Chris at 490-3707 or Michele at 490-3666 or stop by the church at 2300 Florence Ave.

Kid’s College

Montana Tech Institute for Educational Opportunities offers Kids’ College. If your child is looking for a half-day workshop or something to do all week, this is the thing. Drop-off and pick-up are at the Tech Student Union Building.

Butte Week

Monday, July 8 — “We’re a Glass Act,” Mary Harris instructor. Use the art form of stained glass with a modern twist to make your own mosaic eight-inch plate.

Tuesday, July 9 — “Wheels on the Trolley,” Chris Fisk, Learn Butte history — play with characters, famous folks, miners and scoundrels who made Butte special.

Wednesday, July 10 — “Tap’er Light,” World Museum of Mining, Become a miner for the day. Bring your hard hat, pasty, and lamp as we explore mining and mines with the World Museum of Mining.

Thursday, July 11 — “The Richest Hill on Earth,” Theresa Rader, Explore Butte history from our dormant volcano to our famous open pit mine.

Friday, July 12 — “Rockin’ with the Lady,” Lady of the Rockies, Ride the bus to the Lady of the Rockies where we will explore and enjoy a lunch outdoors. (all day trip for all students)

Survival Week

Monday, Aug. 5 — “Brains for Survivals,” Dr. Hilary Risser, Use math to learn how species compete with each other and adapt over time.

Tuesday, Aug. 6 — “Cachin’ In,” Oakley Clark-Snustad, Be like Hansel and Gretel for a day — instead of leaving clues to lead you back the way you came, you will find clues to lead you to where you are going.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 — “911,” Butte Fire Department, Do you know what to do in case of a fire? Spend the day with some of Butte’s finest learning the ins and outs of fire and fire preparedness.

Thursday, Aug. 8 — “Get Ready, Set, Emergency,” Cathie Sheldon, Learn how to prepare for and defend yourself during natural disasters and other common emergency situations.

Friday, Aug. 9 — “I Spy Survival,” Derik Harvey, Man vs. Learn wilderness survival.

Each workshop is $15, a full week is $60 and includes a graduation ceremony, certificate of completion and gift. Snacks are provided for the kids each day. If your child has a special diet, pack a snack for them and notify Kehli Hazlett. Students grades 1-3 workshops run from 9 a.m. to noon. Students grades 4-6 workshops run from 1 to 4 p.m. For details call 496-4691 or email Kehli Hazlett at

Museum camp

World Museum of Mining will offer three summer programs, from 9 a.m. to noon, for students entering first through fifth grade. The cost is $15 per day or $60 for the week. Call 723-7211 for registration information or e-mail

Science Week - June 24-29

Monday: Explore Butte’s

geology and minerals.

Tuesday: Create your own headframe and see how those cages go up and down.

Wednesday: Get dirty with soil and slime.

Thursday: Explore underground and discover what lies beneath the Orphan Girl.

Friday: Mix it all up with some science fun.

Becoming Sherlock Holmes July 15-19

Monday: Create your disguise and get your gear ready for a week of mystery.

Tuesday: Look at the crime scene by touring the museum and playing games to test your powers of observation.

Wednesday: Explore your fingerprints and prints left by others. What else leaves their mark?

Thursday: Riddle me this - see if you can follow clues.

Friday: Look into the forensics of it.

Photography July 29-Aug. 2

Explore the World Museum of Mining through photography. Go behind the scenes and get tips on how to photograph different museum displays. Throughout the week participants will also explore how a camera works and the history of photography.

Teens in Training program

June 18-Aug. 15, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Teens in Training (TNT) program at the World Museum of Mining offers personal and educational growth in a mentoring environment, like an internship. Through job shadowing, participants will learn about conservation/preservation, curatorial duties, exhibit design and historic interpretation. By working with museum staff and volunteers, participants will further their education in the museum, archives, library fields. They will learn skills usable in many professions. Teens will research the history of selected exhibit buildings and artifacts and then create interpretive signs and displays. Preregistration is recommended. For details, call 723-7211 or e-mail

Montessori camp

Silver Bow Montessori, 1800 Sunset Road, Butte, offers a 10-week program of educational summer childcare for children ages 3-10. In addition to academic enrichment, the program includes outdoor activities, games, art, field trips cooking projects, trips to public parks and pool swimming. Enrollment in the childcare program includes participation in the theme camps. A healthy morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Children must bring a sack lunch each day that is suitable for off campus trips.

Theme Camps

For families not requiring child care, SBM hosts three half-day, week-long day camps, $80/week. Children ages 3-6 attend 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and children 7-10 attend 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Garden Camp — June 17-21, with Megan Mulcaire-Jones. Students will plant seeds, transplant seedlings, explore composting, dissect flowers, prepare and eat different roots, shoots, fruits and seeds, and create garden art projects. Come prepared to get dirty!

Ceramics Camp — July 8-12, with Giao Hoang. After a brief history of ceramics students will try multiple hand-building techniques working with clay and learn how to glaze their work. They may also glaze Giao’s wheel-thrown pottery to take home.

Art Camp — July 22-26, with Margaret Harrington. Students will explore five different ways to create works of art.

The weekly rate for childcare, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday is $200. The seven-week program (includes camps) is $1,100. The 11-week program (includes camps) is $1,575.

For details call 494-1033 or go to

Outdoor camps

Range camp

Montana Youth Range Camp, hosted by Little Beaver Conservation District, meets July 8-12 at Camp Needmore, near Ekalaka. Campers will be introduced to 25 of Montana’s important range plants - grasses, forbs, and shrubs - and will learn about the interaction of soils, water, plants, wildlife, and livestock on the range. The program brings together range professionals and students to learn in the great outdoors. Evening activities allow campers an opportunity to meet new friends and develop lasting friendships. Camp registration is $125 which includes meals, lodging and supplies. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration and travel expenses, call your local conservation district. For details call Heidi Crum at 444-6619.

Sunshine camp

Butte Kiwanis Sunshine Camp, a residential camp for children between the ages of 7 and 11 is free to all families. Applications are first come-first served with 60 campers accepted per week. Camps are July 8-13 for girls ages 7-9; July 15-20 for boys ages 7-9; July 22-27 for girls ages 10-11; July 29-Aug. 3 for boys ages 10-11. Campers are supervised 24 hours each day by live-in staff, consisting of a camp director and four camp counselors. Campers live during their six-day stay in heated, cabins with bunk beds and modern plumbing and utilities. Meals are served cafeteria-style in the dining hall. Activities include arts and crafts, field trips to go swimming, bowling and hiking, visits from special guests and more. Campers will be picked up at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Butte Plaza Mall by Herberger’s; the bus leaves at 3:30 p.m. Parents or guardians must attend the Friday awards ceremony from 6:30-7 p.m. and pick-up their child. For details call Sharlet Best, 490-6570;; Butte Kiwanis Sunshine Camp, PO Box 3407, Butte.

Girl scout camp

Girl Scouts Camp Castle Rock outside Butte is for all girls in grades K-12. Hosted by Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, the camp is about trying new things, meeting new friends, and having fun in the outdoors. Go for a few days, a week, or longer. Any girl can attend. Camp Castle Rock has a lodge that was dedicated by Lou Henry Hoover in May 1927.

The camps and grade levels are:

July 29-Aug. 2 — “Choose Your Own Adventure,” grades 4-12, $295-$325; “Kolors,” Learn to create great art. Grades 4-12, $250-$280; “Mystery Mayhem,” Learn the science of detectives and spies. Grades 2-8, $250-280.

Aug. 4-8 — “Brownie Bite,” This camp provides a sampling of activities — arts and crafts, nature, songs and games. Grades 2-3, $160-$190; “Movie Magic,” Girls will learn how to make movies. Grades 4-12, $310-340; “Rustic Relaxation,” Be invigorated with yoga, smoothies, aroma therapy, good eating, and a good facial mask. Grades2-12, $275-$305.

Aug. 9-11 — “G.O.! (Girls Only),” Experience camp with a favorite female family member or friend. Learn outdoor food preparation, crafts, singing and hiking. Grades K-12, $75-$85. (Check for more details.)

A camp brochure with full details on each camp and pricing is available at or call (800) 736-5243 to have one mailed. Register online for camps or call for a registration form.

Bible camps

Catholic Community

Butte Catholic Community North holds its vacation Bible camp, “Welcome to Kingdom Rock: Where kids stand strong for God!” from 8:30 a.m. to noon, June 24-28, at Butte Central High School. It will worship God through songs and prayer, experiment with sciency-fun gizmos, and discover life-changing Bible truths. There will be high-energy games, video adventure and discussion, the King’s Kitchen, and surprising Bible stories. Sixth- to eighth-grade students will have the opportunity to be crew leaders and shepherd a mixed-age group of five elementary children through each day’s activities. Crew leaders for preschoolers will be a friend and helper to a group of five preschool children. Register by June 24 at and also by calling the parish office at 723-5407, and email The cost is $50 ($10 per day). It includes a T-shirt, snack, games, activities, crafts and take-home adventures for five days.

Gold Hill, Gloria dei

Gold Hill and Gloria Dei Lutheran churches offer a joint vacation Bible school/day camp for 3-year-olds through sixth graders June 24-27 at Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St. The school begins at 9 a.m. with preschoolers dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and first through sixth graders at 1:30 p.m. Older campers need a sack lunch Monday through Wednesday. The closing program is 11:30 a.m. Thursday with a picnic lunch for all campers, family and friends. The theme is “Faith Alive.” Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp counselors conduct the day camp for the upper grades; preschool teachers lead younger students. Call Gold Hill at 723-4242 or Gloria Dei at 723-9182 to preregister and for details. There is no fee, although donations are appreciated.

Orthodox Christian

Camp Montana Summer Camp, for ages 6-17, meets Aug. 11-17, at the Sunshine Camp, about five miles south of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Campers will participate in classes about the Orthodox faith, history, music and culture. There will be plenty of time for rest and play including hiking, sports, arts, crafts and campfires. Campers sleep in two heated cabins. The fee is $225 per camper; a family discount is a total of $600 for three or more campers, due with completed forms by July 4, and payable to Holy Trinity Church, 2100 Continental Drive, Butte. Check-in is 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Camp ends with pick up at noon Saturday. Call (406) 723-7889 or email

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