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Youth and family camps set around the area

May 26, 2009

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To support youth whose parents are in the military, Operation Military Kids is offering a variety of free or low-cost youth and family camps this summer.

From family retreats for just military families to free day camps where military kids join Montana State University Extension 4-H youth, the events are scheduled in both Montana and Idaho. A variety of deadlines are involved and some camps limit the number who can attend, so Caroline Dettle, Operation Military Kids camp coordinator with MSU Extension 4-H, recommends registering as soon as possible.

The military family retreats have small fees involved. To raft together under the Big Sky, a program set June 30 near Malmstrom Air Force Base, the cost is $5 for the whole family. To participate in a family retreat at Bull Run Guest Ranch Aug. 7-8 in Cascade County, the fee is $10 for the whole family. To visit Silverwood Theme Park Aug. 13-14 in Idaho, the fee is $10 for the whole family.

For youth and teen retreats, there are no fees, though there is an optional cost for an event T-shirt ranging from $10 to $25.

For a multi-night Bozeman Teen Leadership Adventure Camp, teens would arrive at Lion's Ridge Camp 20 minutes east of Bozeman the morning of July 21 and leave the morning of July 23.

Overnight camps for Missoula, Mineral, Lincoln, Sanders and Lake County military youth are set for the 4-H Darell Fenner Loon Lake 4-H Camp on Flathead Lake. They include June 19-20, for ages 5-9 (must be accompanied by a parent) and a camp June 22-26 for ages 8-12. In addition, there are overnight 4-H camps inviting military youth that are set for Ravalli County. Its youth camp is July 25-28 for ages 9-12 and July 29-Aug. 1 for teens ages 13-19.

Military youth are invited to attend 4-H camps at no charge, and most are open to military youth from across the state. The camp at Darell Fenner Loon Lake 4-H Camp on Flathead Lake July 20-23 for ages 9-12 is only open to Flathead County military youth.

The day camps for military youth being offered around the state this summer include two in Yellowstone County: The Yellowstone County Cloverbud Day Camp for youth ages 6-8 on June 16, and the Yellowstone County Day Camp on July 24 for ages 9-18. Both camps are in Billings. Missoula County is offering a day camp July 28 -31 for ages 9-13 in Missoula. Helena is offering two day camp experiences for military youth. The first is Fort Harrison Day Camp August 4-7 for ages 7-12, and the second is the Lewis and Clark County Day Camp August 10-12 for ages 9-13.

Operation Military Kids is a partnership of MSU Extension 4-H, Montana National Guard, Malmstrom Air Force Base, U.S. Army and Navy Reserves, the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Family Support Assistance Program, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, American Legion and many other organizations.

If interested in one of these camps, call Dettle (406) 994-6241, to find out more.

Contact: Caroline Dettle at or (406) 994-6241