2023 Programs

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Youth Programs

HOWL Summer Day Camp

Jun 19th– Aug 18th

Ages: 9-12

Days: Monday- Friday
Drop Off: 8:30-9:00am
Pick Up: 4:30-5:30pm
HOWL staff will be present at all times.

* Early and Late drop is available with advanced notice, at an additional cost.

Cost: $250 / week
*$50 of the $250/week is a non-refundable deposit at the time of booking; this includes transportation during camp, permits, and group gear.

HOWL Summer Day Camp is new and unlike any current youth summer offering in Helena, MT. Each week, campers ages 9-12 will be able to explore the mountains, rivers and lakes that surround Helena. Weekly activities will include hiking, biking, rafting, and swimming. Our focus is to get youth outside and to experience each of these activities to help develop their outdoor skills. Ultimately, we want them to foster an appreciation of the outdoors and most importantly, have fun. 

All the equipment that you will need to provide is a backpack, water bottle, swimming clothing, towel, water shoes, bike & helmet, and food for lunch snack each day…that’s it! We provide the rest: Youth Personal Flotation Devices, rafting supplies, safety equipment and transportation vehicles and trailers.

Example Schedule: (All itineraries will vary week to week):

Monday- Group Meet and Greet, Hike Mt. Helena, Swim Prickly Pear Creek
Tuesday- Bike at Helena Regulating Reservoir, Swim at Canyon Ferry
Wednesday- Raft Missouri River- Craig Recreation Corridor
Thursday- Hike Crow Creek Falls and Swim at York Islands
Friday- Hike and Swim at Park Lake

2023 Weeks of Operation:

Jun 19 -23 Jun 26 -30 Jul 10 -14 Jul 17 – 21 Jul 24 -28 Jul 31 – Aug 4 Aug 7 – 11 Aug 14 -18

4th of July Adventure

July 5th – 7th

Ages: 11-14

Cost: $300/week
*$50 of the $300/week is a non-refundable deposit at the time of booking; this includes transportation during camp, permits, and group gear.

For three days and two nights, campers ages 11-14, will get to raft, swim, hike, and camp along the beautiful Blackfoot River and in the Swan Valley. The mild rapids along the Blackfoot River will offer all campers a fun and safe trip. Additionally, we will hike in the Swan Mountains and swim in the Clearwater River. On this trip there will be three adult guides, two on the river and trail with the campers, and one driving a chase vehicle with all camp supplies.

Meals will be provided by HOWL and will be prepared for the campers daily, excluding the first days lunch and snacks. Campers will have to provide their own tents and sleeping equipment (sleeping bag and pad). We have a limited amount of camping equipment that can be rented for the weekend if camping gear is needed.

Adult Programs

Learn to Camp!

Dates: 2 Classes
May 17th, June 3-4
August 2nd & August 19 -20


Wednesday 6 – 8 PM – Classroom
8:30 AM Saturday – 3:30 PM Sunday – Camping

Participants: 12-15 total, 18 years of age and over (16 with parent)

Cost: $185+ cost of your portion of groups food.

Our two-part Learn to Camp class will take participants through the planning process from the beginning and out camping for a night, teaching them all the steps necessary to plan, pack for, and go tent camping! Participants will be able to participate in all parts of the class due to the small-group format. This ensures everyone can experience and become experienced with every aspect of the camping trip.

With this class, you can take the skills you learn and go camping with friends, family, or by yourself!

Part One: Classroom
Steps to planning a successful trip
Meal Planning
Gear planning & packing
Activity Planning

Part two: One-Night Camping Trip
Ideal Camp and tent set-up and other considerations
Step to building a reliable fire
Meals (cooking, kitchen, and clean-up)
Axe, saw, and knife safety
Leave no trace ethics
Bear safety and precautions (**Inert Bear Spray Demonstration**)


For this class, we will be at an established campground with a restroom and running water. Participants must provide their tents and sleeping equipment (sleeping bag and pad). For a small rental fee, we have a limited amount of camping equipment that can be rented for the weekend if camping gear is needed. Meals will be prepared by participants in their small groups, established at the Wednesday planning meeting. Each participant is expected to provide their planned food for the weekend trip at their own cost. We will provide ice chests and camp kitchens for food transportation, preparation, and eating.

Map and Compass Land Navigation Class

Dates: 2 Classes-
May 10 & 20, 2023
August 16 & 26
Wednesday 6 – 8 PM – Classroom
Saturday 9 AM – 3 PM – Field Day

Participants: 12 – 15 total, 18 Year of age or older

Cost: $150, map and compass provided for class time

Today, we have many excellent digital tools to find great places to go on an adventure, how to get there, and what the expected mosquito count is. But what happens when your batteries die or you fall in the water, and your phone or GPS no longer works? It can be helpful to have and be knowledgeable with a map and compass. Join us for a two-part class covering map and compass land navigation that will take a first-time navigator to a confident explorer..

Part One- Classroom based
Learn to read a topographic map
Basic Compass Operation
Measure distances on a map
Plotting a course using map and compass
Triangulating your position on a map from objects you can see

Part Two- Outdoor Map and Compass Practice and Course!
Establish and use a hiking pace count
Practice all classroom activities in small outdoor scenarios
Embark on a several mile compass course combining all skills learned and needed for practical compass and map land navigation!

*Part-two will require moderate physical exertion on unmaintained surfaces

Want more?

Winter camp? Science camp? Spring break? Contact us at helena.outdoors@gmail.com and we are always thinking about expanding our programs and would be happy accommodate your requests.

Some program locations are located on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and the use is authorized under special use permit.

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