Fall 2020 Day Camps and Afterschool

Base Camp School-Aged Child Care

Base Camp Fall Youth Day Camps and Afterschool - Schedules and How To Register

Base Camp Scholarship Application - All families, regardless of income, are eligible. Please complete before registering for BASE Camp. Apply anytime, no deadline. Scholarships funded by a Montana Coronavirus Relief Fund School Aged Child Care Grant.

Please note,  the state Child Care Grant expires 12/31/20 and funds are limited. Please apply for the scholarship and register ASAP to take advantage of this program! Registration closes at 6 p.m. daily for the next day’s camps.

Welcome to Base Camp Missoula where kids ages 5 and up will be outdoors and active with the epic adventures families have come to love with Parks and Recreation summer camps!  The program includes art and science-based activities with partners like the Insectarium, Clay Studio Missoula and more. 

To support hybrid school schedules, we’ll facilitate time for homework and access to computers for online work. (Online access coming in October.)  Snacks are provided.  When the weather turns cold, we’ll move the program indoors to the former public library building in downtown Missoula. 

Our highly trained staff, low participant-to-staff ratios, and rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols will help ensure a fun, engaging experience for your child! Sign up online today or give us a call at 721-PARK (7275)!  Ages 5 and up – Meets at McCormick Park or public library building, depending on weather.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Thanks to the Montana Coronavirus Relief Fund, families can qualify for discounted fees based on their self-reported income level. All families are eligible for a 50% discount (Orange level) and additional discounts can range from 75% (Purple level) to 95% (Green level) depending on income. To receive the discount, please complete the BASE Camp Scholarship Form.  

Families who register before Sept. 30, or who have previously registered for BASE Camp, will receive credit on account at the discounted rate after completing the BASE Camp Scholarship Form.   Your account will be credited based on your discount.  Coronavirus Relief Fund Scholarships are available through December 31, 2020. Watch for our middle school and high school drop-in programs coming soon!  Schedule and fees.

  • If you don’t have a current Webtrac account, please email parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us before registering to get your account set up.
  • City residents can ensure they have renewed their resident discount cards for 2020 by phoning us at 721-PARK (7275.)
  • After consultation with the Missoula City-County Health Department, we have designed the day camp program to be attended by students from any school, as in our summer day camp program. Camps will meet in small, static groups with the same staff for the duration of the program to limit interaction among groups and facilitate contact tracing if needed.
  • Staff will make every effort to enforce disease prevention best practices, including physical distancing whenever possible, masking when in close proximity, regular hand sanitation, and sanitation of shared equipment and surfaces.

Afterschool and out-of-school time programming

  • In a collaborative effort with MCPS to limit afterschool interaction between students from different schools, we have reduced the number of schools we serve for afterschool programming.
  • Afterschool programs at Paxson, Lewis and Clark and Rattlesnake Elementary are open only to students who’ve attended those schools on the day of the program.
  • Afterschool programming at other MCPS elementary schools may be available from other community providers. Additional information will be posted the week of August 17 at the City-County COVID-19 Joint Information Center’s website: https://covid19.missoula.co/schoolschildcareuniversity.
  • After consultation with the Missoula City-County Health Department, we have designed the day camp program to be attended by students from any school, as in our summer day camp program. Camps will meet in small, static groups with the same staff for the duration of the program to limit interaction among groups and facilitate contact tracing if needed.
  • Staff will make every effort to enforce disease prevention best practices, including physical distancing whenever possible, masking when in close proximity, regular hand sanitation, and sanitation of shared equipment and surfaces.

Remote Learning

  • Day camps will include 1-2 hours per day of facilitated time to work on homework, read, or play educational games.
  • If you’d like your child to complete his or her schoolwork during this time, please send learning materials to camp with your child.
  • For students who don’t bring schoolwork, we will provide games and books to work on basic academic achievement.
  • While Parks and Recreation is not an education provider, we’re supporting remote learning by providing students time to work on assignments. We will not have access to computers during the September programs, but we hope to be able to facilitate technology-based academics later in the year.
  • Pick-up and drop-off times are extended for full-day programs to give students more time for remote learning at home before or after the camp day.
    • Drop off – between 8-9:30 a.m.
    • Pick up – between 4-5:30 p.m.

Social and emotional learning

  • Play, adventure, and experiential learning have long been our standard approach to education. This will continue to be a strong component of our fall programming. Research is clear—kids learn through play.

COVID-19 Prevention

  • Staff and campers must wear masks when physical distancing is not possible and when in transport vans.
  • Parents must wear masks at pick-up and drop-off due to the proximity of others.
  • Staff will facilitate frequent hand washing and adequate hand sanitation.
  • Programming will be held outdoors—dress kids appropriately for the weather.

Questions, concerns? Please email Recreation Manager Meg Whicher at whicherm@ci.missoula.mt.us or phone 721-PARK (7275.)

Base Camp Refund Policy

These policies help us deliver a high-quality camp experience for your child. Please give us a call at 721-PARK to withdraw from camp or transfer to another camp or day.

  • If Parks cancels or reschedules your program: 100% credit or refund, no administrative fee. 

    Your account will be automatically credited. Complete the Refund Request Form if you prefer a refund to your original form of payment.

  • Withdraw/Cancel/Transfer 14 days or more before the program start date: 100% credit, transfer, or refund. $10 administrative fee to process a refund. 

  • Withdraw/Cancel/Transfer less than 14 days before the program start date: 50% credit or refund. $10 administrative fee to process a refund. 
  • Illness or Injury - will miss a full week or more of camp: 100% credit, transfer, or refund. $10 administrative fee to process a refund. 
  • At no time will the administrative fee be greater than the refund amount owed to the customer.  
  • Sick/missed days: Please notify us as soon as possible at 721-PARK (7275) if your child will miss camp.

Wait Pool - Participants may join Wait List when a camp is full and will be contacted when a spot becomes available. The first parent to respond and pay fees will be registered in the program.

Credits on account expire 12 months from the date of issue and may be used for any Parks program and at aquatics facilities.

Refund Request Form

Lowell Elementary Program

Parents should email Lowell Principal Barbara Frank at bfrank@mcpsmt.org or phone the school at 542-4040 to register. Parks and Recreation is not taking registrations for this program.

The program meets after school for kids who’ve been in school that day. Learn more.

If parents need care on the days kids are not in school, please register for our Fall Day Camps. Scholarships are available.. Stay tuned for expanded programming at Lowell.

2020 Summer Recreation Guide

Summer Camp Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information

Summer Camp COVID Safety

Summer camps will meet as scheduled, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place as approved by the Missoula City-County Health Department. As always, the health and happiness of the community and your family is our top priority.

Please review our Summer Camp COVID Guidelines to learn more. If you’d like to withdraw from camps, please see the withdrawal policy at right and request a refund online or by phoning 721-PARK.

  • Register online, in person at Currents Aquatics Center, or by phone at 721-PARK (7275.) Please see the withdrawal/transfer policy at right.
  • Give us a call at 721-PARK (7275) to add family members to your account or renew your CityCard city resident discount before you register online.