Campus Recreation Offers New Residential Summer Camp for Middle School Children

April 04, 2019

MISSOULA – Registration is open for University of Montana Campus Recreation’s brand-new residential summer camp for middle school-age children entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade in fall 2019. The weekly camps run July 8 to Aug. 2.

“When Campus Recreation originally developed a Youth Camps program in 2013, we intended to add programs for middle school children once the day camp was established,” said camps director Natalie Hiller-Claridge.

During the weeklong sessions, running Monday through Friday, campers will stay in residence halls and eat at dining facilities on the UM campus. Off-campus field trips showcasing Montana’s unique recreation opportunities, as well as counselor-led games and activities, fill each day.

The highlight of each session is an overnight campout, and this year’s destinations include Lewis and Clark Caverns, Glacier National Park, Gates of the Mountains and Placid Lake.

Registration costs $450 per week. For more information, visit

“We received numerous requests from parents to add a camp for their children in junior high,” Hiller-Claridge said. “When I was approached by one of our counselors in 2018 about an internship, I jumped at the opportunity to work with her to finally create the residential camp.”

Kaitlynn Koke, a Campus Recreation intern who has devoted the past six months to shaping every aspect of the camp, is proud and excited to launch the new summer activities.

“This is the opportunity to build memories and friendships that last a lifetime,” she said.


Contact: Natalie Hiller-Claridge, senior assistant director, UM Campus Recreation programs and development, 406-243-5295,