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Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) proudly announces its 14th annual Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp for 2013. Our summer camp is like no other in Missoula, dedicated to active outdoor learning adventures each and every day. Each week, kids can expect to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, with opportunities to hike, bike, raft, climb, canoe, swim, and camp. They can also expect to learn leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, outdoor skills, and appreciation for the natural world, all while making new friends and improving fitness.
MOLA operates week-long sessions all summer from June 10th - August 23rd. Camp is open to youth age 6+, 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 are typically 6-8yrs/9-11yrs/11-14yrs. Sessions are one week in length, and destinations change each week. Kids can attend several weeks, even all summer, and hardly visit the same place twice. We travel in all directions from Missoula with permits from Lolo National Forest, BLM, and Montana FWP. 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!
Camp runs from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, with a camp-out on Thursday nights. We meet each morning at the central location of Kiwanis Park, then board our vans and head out for the day's adventure. Fridays we depart directly from our campsite and return to Kiwanis by 4:30pm. Parents can drop off kids from 8:30am - 9:00am and pickup from 4:30pm - 5:15pm each day. MOLA staff are always present during this time with games and activities. Extended hours for early dropoff and late pickup (7:45am-6:15pm) available at additional cost. Older campers are welcome to arrive and depart from camp on their own, with parental approval. Mondays are the same for each group, while the rest of the week varies. Here is a typical week:
Monday - Group Games, Hike
Tuesday - Bike, Swim, Canoe
Wednesday - Rock Climb, Explore
Thursday - Raft Trip, Overnight Campout
Friday - Hike into the Mountains
This year, we are able to offer our camp for $165 per one-week session. Our fee includes instruction, transportation, fees, and group gear. That's just $33/day, less than full-time daycare! This is 8:30am-5:15pm everday with an overnight on Thursday. You'll find no other camp around offers so much for this price! Receive a free MOLA t-shirt if you register for 3 or more weeks, or if you refer someone new to camp. We try to offer a few partial-scholarships, so please let us know if you need assistance, or if you can offer assistance.
MOLA's summer camp staff always have excellent qualifications and experience! Founder and Director Porter Hammitt continues to function as lead instructor, with nearly 20 years of experience in the field, an M.S. 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, 4yrs, 3yrs, and several at 2yrs, respectively, over our lifespan. We put a premium on safety, and it's our No. 1 priority every day. Each group travels with two leaders, one male and one female. Our leader to camper ratio is less than 1:7 for younger kids, less than 1:9 for older kids. We carry full insurance for our program and our vans.
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.
Monday morning you will receive an itinerary for the week, along with campsite directions. 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, helmet, and gloves. Whatever bike he/she is most comfortable with should work fine. We have loaner bikes. Raft day, campers should be prepared to spend the day on/in the water. Climb day, kids can wear normal clothes and shoes. Thursday is campout, 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! If you have doubts about your child camping out, please make plans to stay with us or to take them home for the evening. Every day, campers should bring swimsuit, towel, and watershoes.Warm days, we usually swim and/or canoe after the main activity. Rainy days, we usually go to a hotsprings.
Our meeting place is Kiwanis Park, which is downtown along the north side of the Clark Fork River, just below Front St. and the public library. PLEASE ACCESS THE PARK FROM THE WEST SIDE VIA CLAY STREET AT ALL TIMES. To get there, follow Front Street heading East from Higgins and turn right onto Clay just past the Trailhead Store and new parking garage. Go one block and turn left, then look for us at the picnic shelter near the baseball field. There is plenty of parking, but it can be congested at times, so please be courteous of area residents and do not block any streets, drives, driveways, garages, parking spaces, etc.
Reservations can be made by phone or email on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms and $50 deposit check per week due within three days of confirmed reservation by phone or email. Remaining balance for each weekly session due on the first day of that session, after which space may be forfeited. Full payment expected with less than 10 days notice for cancellation, reschedule, failure to attend with or without notice, or any other reason. Schedule changes subject to automatic $25 charge. If substitute can be found, refund may be provided, less $25 fee, at MOLA's discretion, less $25 fee.
We Hope You Will Join Us!
Contact us soon to hold a spot or answer questions. Feel free to make copies of this letter, pass it on, spread the word, or invite a friend. We appreciate your help, and remember the free t-shirt offer! Our guarantee: kids will be active and outside, they'll learn about themselves and their surroundings, they'll be challenged, they'll make new friends, and they'll have fun.