Mountain Biking Adventure Day Camp


The Camp Child Adventure Day Camp is a new program centered on providing the building blocks for character development, leadership, confidence and self-awareness. We offer five adventure sport programs, each lasting 5 days (Monday through Friday). In some cases, based on participation, kids can take the same track and progress to more advanced skills training in follow-on weeks. Each track takes advantage of our unique geography and are led by professional instructors. The new Camp Child Adventure Camp experience will give our children the character, leadership and experience that will help them build exemplary lives.

Mountain Biking: In our introductory mountain bike course, the kids will learn the fundamentals of Mountain bike control and operation, bike components and maintenance, bike safety, trail navigation, and the basic introductory mountain biking skills. After initial fundamentals, they will split their time between the skills track at Camp Child, and some of the world class terrain for beginners in the Helena mountain bike trail network. Under the guidance of our esteemed and professionally certified coaches, there is no better way for your child to experience the thrill of mountain biking in a supervised and controlled environment. In addition, day 3 of each track includes a full day of survival training for kids. Taught from the perspective of Search and Rescue professionals, each child will learn the basics of what to do, what not to do, and how to make sound decisions should they find themselves lost or separated from the group.


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Y Member Rate: $225.00 (SAVE $50!) per week
Community Rate: $275.00 per week


*Financial Aid Assistance Available*

July 6-10, 2020

July 13-17, 2020

July 20-24, 2020

July 27-31, 2020

August 3-7, 2020

August 10-14, 2020

6 years old – 18 years old

In Montana, the weather can change quickly. You should dress your child

for summer but have them prepared for the weather to change without

warning. We strongly recommend long pants that have stretch but not jeans.

To be ready for possible inclement weather, packing a rain jacket and/or a warm

pullover is important.


Have them wear comfortable, sturdy shoes (heavy hiking boots are not

necessary) but not sandals. Climbing areas tend to have plenty of uneven terrain

so pick footwear that is well made for scrambling.

Feel free to send your child’s own rock climbing equipment. If we consider it

unsafe, we may insist they use ours. Climbing gear is included for all outings at

no extra charge, including shoes, helmet, harness, and necessary



Please have your child bring their water bottle or hydration pack. Due to the

energy expended while climbing, remaining hydrated is very important.

Remember to pack a sack lunch, and we will provide healthy snacks and extra



Matthew Bartlett

[email protected]


Daily Agenda

Day 1     Camp Child or Alternate

8:00 am     Arrive at The YMCA Helena / Meet and Greet

9:00      Depart for Camp Child

9:45     Unload gear /  Outdoor safety briefing

10:00    Mountain Bike Overview, Components and Operation

11:00   MTB Skills Session 1

12:00    Lunch

12:30   MTB Skills Session 2

4:00      Pack up

4:15      Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 pm     Parent pick up

Day 2    Camp Child or Alternate


8:00  am  Arrive at The YMCA Helena

8:30   Depart for Camp Child

9:15  Unload gear / Outdoor safety briefing

9:45    MTB Skills Session 3

12:00   Lunch

12:30  MTB Skills Session 4

4:00    Pack up

4:15    Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 pm    Parent pick up

Day 3 Learn NASAR’s Survival Skills at Blue Cloud


8:00 am  Meet at the YMCA Helena

8:30      Depart for Blue Cloud

9:00      Arrival / Hike into National Forest

9:30     Begin Hug-A-Tree and Survive course

Program history, stories of lost children, how searchers search

How to be found most quickly, effective signaling, improvise

emergency shelter, zip up, cover up.

12:00   Lunch

12:30   Learn the 5 components for survival and the order of importance

Practice building emergency shelters out of natural materials

Practice using effective signaling

3:00     Art project, create and illustrate a survival guidebook

4:00     Pack up

4:15     Hike out

4:30    Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 pm   Parent pick up

Day 4     Camp Child or Alternate


8:00 am   Arrive at The YMCA Helena

8:30        Depart for Camp Child

9:15       Unload gear

Outdoor safety briefing

9:45      MTB Skills Session 3

12:00    Lunch

12:30    MTB Skills Session 4

4:00      Pack up

4:15      Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 pm   Parent pick up


Day 5     Outdoor Activities Camp Child or Alternate Location


Location: Open Depending

Activity:  Camp Child activities or alternate activities (Swimming, Climbing Wall, Zip Line, MTB Skills course, etc.)


9:00 am    Meet at the YMCA Helena

9:15      Depart for Camp Child or alternate.

12:00   Lunch

4:00    Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 pm   Parent pick up.