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


Rentals:  Occasionally Camp Child is available to rent.  If you are interested in renting camp please click here and answer a few questions.  You can also take a look at our rental calendar by clicking "camp rental calendar" in the above menu bar.  Happy Camping!

Looking for a great summer job?  Be a Camp Counselor!  Apply today!  Employment Application  Camp counselor job description


caretakers cabinIt's hard to believe it's been 75 years since Harry W. Child donated the land that would become YMCA Camp Child.  His legacy and passion for the outdoors lives on through the many kids and families who were lucky enough to spend a week or even a summer at Camp Child.  Over the past few years the YMCA has made many improvements to camp, yet the charm and character that is Camp Child remains unchanged.


img_2806After you click the "register online" button, camps are listed under "outdoor activities"


Nestled 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 in outdoor education and programming.  We are gearing up for the 2017 season and are excited about camps new high ropes course, new archery range and an improved waterfront.


web-family-campWe 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!





Ages:  ALL!

Dates:  May 27th-29th

Fee:  $50 per person

(There is a $15 non-refundable deposit required to hold a spot.  The balance of $35 per person is due at least 14 days before the start of camp)


img_6036AGES: 14-15

DATES: June 11-16

FEE:  $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.

(There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required to hold a spot.  The balance is due at least 14 days before the start of camp)


web-exploreAGES: 8-10

Fee:  $325

Session 1 : June 11th-16th

Session 2 : June 18th-23rd

Session 3 : June 25th- June 30th




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.

(There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required to hold a spot.  The balance is due at least 14 days before the start of camp)


AGES: 11-15

Fee:  $325

Session 1 : June 11th-16thmtn-skills-shelter

Session 2 : June 18th-23rd

Session 3 : June 25th- June 30th


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.

(There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required to hold a spot.  The balance is due at least 14 days before the start of camp)



IMG_5521AGES:  going into 2nd-9th grade

DATES:  July 9 - 14

FEE:  $125.00 per camper

PREREQUISITE:  participant must have a diagnosis of asthma from a licensed medical professional

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.




or download a registration form and mail it to us  Asthma Camp Registration 2017


New at camp:  new commercial stove/oven with 6 burners and grill, new roof on bath house and main lodge, new bunks in main lodge, Climbing wall, zip line and challenge course

Amenities:  Main lodge with kitchen, dining room, large meeting room, and game room, bath house with separate facilities for boys and girls, 7 heated cabins, arts & crafts cabin for projects (rental groups must bring their own supplies), tether ball, basketball, volleyball, baseball diamond, canoes, kayaks, swim area, fishing rods/reels (catch & release), two firepits with plenty of firewood, a stage for skits or outdoor meetings, low ropes challenge course for team building activities


kayaksSpending a week away from home is not only exciting, it is an opportunity for kids to practice being responsible.  The simple act of packing for camp and keeping track of your things builds confidence.  Staff will do their best to help your child keep his or her things in order but we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Here are few tips to help your child be successful.

  1. It's best if children and parents pack together.  When children are engaged in the process, they will remember what they brought with them.
  2. Tuck a PACKING LIST (download the list here!) inside your child's suitcase or bag.
  3. Pack durable clothing and shoes that are broken in.  Kids spend most of their time outdoors and everything gets dirty.
  4. Most important - LABEL EVERYTHING!

What to bring

  • sleeping bag
  • pillow with pillow case
  • bath towel
  • beach towel
  • bathing suit
  • 4-5 pairs of shorts
  • 4-5 t-shirts (every camper receives a camp shirt to take home)
  • 2-3 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pair sweatpants
  • 6 pairs underwear
  • 6 pairs socks
  • lightweight jacket
  • sweatshirt
  • pajamas
  • hat or cap
  • closed toe shoes or hiking boots
  • water shoes or old pair of sneakers that can get wet
  • toiletries:  shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush
  • sunblock (SPF 15 or higher)
  • bug spray
  • water bottle
  • flashlight or headlamp with batteries

Optional Items

  • camera (inexpensive or disposable)
  • book to read (no digital book readers)
  • shower shoes (flip flops are OK for the shower only)
  • fitted twin sheet

What not to bring

Valuables, jewelry, electronic games, ipods, radios and/or cell phones. Camp Child does not permit campers to carry any dangerous weapons of any kind, including knives and/or guns.  The Camp also does not permit the following items; chewing gum, matches, tobacco products, illegal drugs, alcohol, radios of any kind, tape players/recorders, and fireworks.  Any camper caught/seen with any of these items can and may be removed from camp at the family’s expense.




Looking to rent Camp Child for your reunion, school group, or event?  Please scroll through the calendar to check availability.  Then submit this short inquiry form and our Camp Director will get back to you as quickly as possible.  Please keep in mind that during the summer, we are busy keeping camp running smoothly and our focus is on the kids and groups using camp.  It may take a day or two for a response.


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