Summer Camps

Registration for all 2024 Spring and Summer programs, including summer camps and swim lessons, opens Sunday, April 7. 

The 2024 Recreation Guide, which includes the summer camp line-up and many more great programs will be published here on March 19, 2024. 

ZTD Spring registration opens Sunday, March 3 at 9 a.m. 

Questions? Email us or phone 406-721-PARK.

Welcome to Parks and Recreation Summer Camps

Our team is dedicated to the relationship our outdoor spaces and play have in a developing child’s life. At Parks and Recreation, kids can explore the natural world, learn lifelong skills, build resiliency through adventure and develop relationships with caring staff. These ideals are more important than ever and are at the heart of all our programs. We strive to be the place where your child can find success, struggle, try something new, find a friend, laugh and adventure.

On behalf of all our amazing staff—we welcome you to the Parks and Recreation family. We cannot wait to work with your child to share successes and adventures this summer.

If you need ANYTHING—questions, comments, concerns, accolades please do not hesitate to reach out. Families who need financial assistance for summer camps are encouraged to apply for a Share The Fun Recreation Grant today!

Meg Whicher, Recreation Program Manager
whicherm@ci.missoula.mt.us

Share the Fun Recreation Grants

Youth recreation grants are available for families who need financial assistance to register for swim lessons, summer camps, recreation programs, or swim passes to Currents and Splash Montana. 

Summer Camp Program Foundations

Challenge By Choice

The freedom to back off from participation – but not an invitation to opt out!  We facilitate participants to stay within their growth zone and to expand their possibilities in a welcoming safe atmosphere. 

Experiential Education

We learn by doing. Leaders facilitate experiences in an atmosphere of safety and fun where everyone has an opportunity to explore the natural world around them.   

Inclusive Recreation

We strive to create opportunities where we can all recreate together as a community.   

Low participant-to-staff ratios

Supervision and risk management are top priorities. 

Supervised outdoor free play

Staff provide specific opportunities for youth to play alongside their peers in the outdoors. Using this supervised unstructured time to use their imaginations and explore the natural world. 

Strengths-based approach

We appreciate participants for exactly who they are and work to find their strengths. Staff may set the structure, but the participants are active in the process and are valued for their individual skills and talents.   

Teamwork

Our programs promote sportsmanship, healthy competition, and playing with heart. 

Community

When we play together, we build our community. Exploring neighborhood parks, trails, and open space helps develop strong community-minded citizens. 

Industry Standard Training and Protocols

We work hard to ensure our policies and protocols meet or exceed industry safety standards. This includes practices revolving around adventure sports, activities, we facilitate and the training we require our staff to complete. This is not just our job—it is our profession.