Helena YMCA
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Camp Child


At Camp Child we seek to build lifelong leaders by creating lifelong memories, lifelong learners, and lifelong friends. Camp Child is an open and welcoming place where children are challenged in quality, values oriented programs and activities. The legacy of Camp Child began in 1943 when the Harry S. Child family donated 17 acres to the Helena Family YMCA. Today campers enjoy spending a week with our dedicated and caring counselors learning about themselves, learning about their natural world and learning how to protect it, ensuring the legacy of leadership will live on for generations.




 Ages:  9-14

270352_566519973394711_332017701_nOur new Mountain skills camp is THE place to learn about "THE LAST BEST PLACE".  Nestled among the backdrop of the Continental Divide, Camp Child offers a gorgeous mountain setting complete with moose, blue birds, fox, and eagles who have all been known to call Camp Child home.

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.  Campers will leave feeling stronger, more confident, connected and secure.

Some of the activities to expect are building a fire, learning to read a compass, scaling "the wall", using a GPS, pitching a tent, campfire cooking, building a shelter, fishing, canoeing, identifying edible plants, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming.

Y-Members:  $225                             Non-Members:  $275


NEW!  WRITER'S CAMP: June 29-July 3


Ages:  12-17 years

The year the Y has partnered with the Lewis & Clark Library to bring a new experience to Helena's youth.  Work with experienced writers like Teen Services Librarian Heather Dickerson and Carolyn Patterson.  Poetry, improvisation, writing for the stage, storytelling, and comics combine for a full writing smorgasbord of styles, technique, and approaches. Writers will vary their day with group activities, individual time, and workshop sessions to share and hone their craft.

Each night campers and staff will come together to celebrate the day's creative work. With poetry slams, storytelling sessions, or an on-stage play, writers will have an opportunity to share their talent as well as laughs.

Imperative to the creative process is fun and breadth of new experiences. While we will spend a significant amount of each day in the creative process, we'll also spend time enjoying camp! Canoeing, hiking, capture the flag - you name it, and we'll probably do it.

Campers will leave feeling energized and excited about their writing and the creative process. An anthology of the best of each writer's work will accompany campers when they leave as a reminder of all they accomplished.

Y-Members:  $200      Non-Members:  $250


Harry Potter vs. Katniss Everdeen

Ages:  completion of 3rd-5th grade (approx 8-12 yrs)

Mtn Skills Big Wall Climb 3

Camping at the Y is a fun and unique experience.  Through camping children explore nature, become a community and develop confidence, independence, leadership and social skills.  Our theme this summer is Harry Potter vs. Katniss Everdeen.  Play quidditch, compete for house points, and compare your archery skills to Katniss.   It’s all in good fun.


Y-Members:  $225                Non-Members:  $275


ASTHMA CAMP:  July 13-18

The goal of camp is quite simple:  to offer a summer camp for children with asthma where they can learn the necessary skills to manage their asthma while at the same time enjoying hiking, running, swimming and other activities - just like kids at traditional summer camps.  This camp is staffed by trained nurses and doctors from across Montana.

Cost:  $100

Asthma Camp Registration 2014 and medical form

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Ages:  Completion of 6th-8th grade

The Y has been a leading provider of summer camp for over 125 years and continues to provide youth with an enriching experience, ensuring campers are in a safe environment with caring YMCA staff who instill positive values that help build their kids’ character.   This week will be full of “amazing” challenges, pit stops, road blocks, and the occasional detour.


Y-Members:  $225

Non-Members:  $275



Heated cabins

Heated bathhouse

New Septic System completed 2009

Upgraded Water Treatment System completed 2010

Removal of Pine Beetle killed trees completed 2012

New Rainy Day Shelter completed 2011

New challenge course completed 2013!


Try new things, challenge yourself, make some new friends, appreciate nature, get a change of scenery, get healthy, gain confidence, pick a cool nickname, learn to lead, have a lot of fun, create a better world for all and to enjoy the outdoors and all it's splendid beauty.

Directions to Camp Child

If you've scrolled this far...here's what you've missed this summer :-(   BUT!  We will hold these camps in 2015 on roughly the same dates...see you then!!

NEW!  FAMILY CAMP:  May 24-26

We cook & clean, 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!  This camp is led by Angel & Heath Nordquist of Montana Wilderness Adventure Company.  Angel & Heath have great memories of being campers and counselors at Camp Child.  We are excited to bring the camp experience full-circle!

Y-Members:  Adults$50/Kids $25
Non-Members:  Adults $100/Kids $50


Military kids ages 6-10 from ALL Branches are welcome to join us for a weekend of outsdoorsy fun! Kids will be able to go canoeing, swimming, learn to start a fire, prepare a meal, and set up a tent.

Operation:  Military Kids is a partnership of Army Child and Youth Services, National 4-H Headquarters/USDA, and Montana State University.

For more Information please contact:

Catherine McNeil, Lewis & Clark County 4-H, Military Program Coordinator

Ph:  406-439-8570/email:  cmcneil@montana.edu

CIT CAMP: June 15-18

Ages:  completion of 8th or 9th grade

Counselor in Training or CIT Camp is the first step toward a rewarding summer experience for young men & women who want to become camp counselors at Camp Child.  Participants must have completed 8th  or 9th grade and should be willing to return for at least one week over the summer as a volunteer helper.

CIT camp is 3 days of structured camp activities, training in first-aid/CPR, and learning how to implement the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.    After campers have completed their training they may be assigned to assist a counselor for at least one week over the summer.

Y-Members:  $75                                Non-Members:  $125

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