Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
Every day is full of potential
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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.




Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-9 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-3 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-3 PM
Summer Hours : Closed Sunday Memorial Day-Labor Day

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-1:15 PM and 4:15 PM - 7:30 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