Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
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Camp Child


IMG_6869Nestled among the backdrop of the Continental Divide, Camp Child offers a gorgeous mountain setting complete with  blue birds, fox, moose, and eagles.  During our week of camp, we will literally learn to climb mountains, both real and perceived.  Through a series of carefully planned challenges campers will face down fears and overcome them on their own personal journey of growth and development.

Our camp staff is super excited to bring you the very best is outdoor education and programming.  We are gearing up for the 2015 season and are making some exciting changes this year that we can't wait to share - This year look for a new high ropes course, new archery range and an improved waterfront.



We had a great summer!  Check back in the spring for a complete list of 2016 camping fun!


IMG_6073 May 23-25 & August 21-23

We do the work, you connect with your kids. No need to rush out of town to grab your camp spot because your cabin is warm and ready for you when you get here!

CABINS: $200 Y-members/$300 Non-members (sleeps up to 12)

LODGE ROOM: $150 Y-members/$250 Non-members (sleeps 4-6)

ADDITIONAL CAMPERS: rates are based on a family of 4. Each additional person is $25 Y-members or $40 non-members.




Mtn Skills Big Wall Climb ColeAGES: 14-17

DATES: June 14-19 & July 27-30

FEE: Y-MEMBERS: $350     NON-MEMBERS: $475

The enhanced CIT/LIT program builds interpersonal and communication skills while fostering independence, self-awareness, and outdoor leadership skills. Participants have the opportunity to place the needs of others ahead of their own, share what they are learning and be a good role model for younger campers. CITs & LITs may choose to volunteer for a week later in the summer or receive a 50% discount to another week of camp.



mtn skills kayak 2AGES: 8-10

Y-MEMBERS: $250     NON-MEMBERS: $325

DATES: June 14-19, June 21-26, June 28-July 3, July 5-10, July 26-31

Rooted in the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the Y’s holistic approach to youth development helps kids grow in spirit, mind and body, all while having fun.


AGES: 11-15

Y-MEMBERS: $250     NON-MEMBERS: $325

DATES: June 14-19, June 21-26, June 28-July 3, July 5-10, July 26-31

Youth of all ages are able to develop positive relationships and a sense of belonging. YMCA resident camps nurture the potential of youth and create a sense of community among campers of all ages through a wide variety of skill building outdoor program activities.


We are sorry, we will not offer the backpack adventure camp this summer due to low enrollment.  If you are interested in adventures like this for your child, please contact camp director, Paul Davidson.  We are hoping to offer more trips like this in 2016

AGES: 13-17

Y-MEMBERS: $350     NON-MEMBERS: $475

DATES: August 9-14

LIMIT: 10 campers

This is an overnight backpacking experience for older campers with a thirst for Adventure. This camp spends the first day at Camp Child getting their gear ready and brushing up on their wilderness skills. Then we will spend the next 3 days backpacking and camping out under the stars. Our adventure will emphasize Leave No Trace Principles and foster stewardship of Montana’s amazing backyard.   Gear is available to borrow for those who need it. Fee includes all necessary permits, food, and transportation to and from the trailhead.


AGES: 11-17

Y-MEMBERS: $125     NON-MEMBERS: $175

DATES: June 26-28

Writer's Camp at YMCA Camp Child is BACK! After much deliberation, we're going to do a weekend camp on June 26-28. It'll be three days of creative activities, fun, and good campiness. I know it's late notice, but we (Lewis & Clark Library and the Helena YMCA) were hearing a lot about the program and we thought it would be a shame to let a year go by without it.


AGES:  going into 2nd-9th grade

DATES:  July 12 - 17

FEE:  $100.00 per camper

The goal of camp is simple, to offer a summer camp for children with asthma where they can learn the necessary skills to mange their asthma while at the same time enjoying hiking, running , swimming and other activities - just like kids at traditional summer camps.

Asthma Camp Registration 2015  (This form is for asthma camp only)

Operating Hours

Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-10 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-5 PM

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:15 PM & 5-7 PM
Ages 3 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

1200 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-9622
Fax: (406) 442-2577