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High School Camp

Lace up your boots and come explore the Montana backcountry for one to two weeks of camp!

For the first week, join staff members to backpack along the State Line Trail, which follows the border between Montana and Idaho. Learn to cook with a camp stove, navigate with a compass, and develop all the skills needed to thrive in the wilderness. Whether you're brand new to hiking or already have a few miles worth of experience, this wilderness trek is a great way to learn more about backpacking.

The second week you will camp and rock climb in the beautiful Kootenai National Forest, located in Northern Montana. This area is a hidden gem for rock climbing. No prior climbing experience needed, as you will learn to belay, climb, and set up anchors from our experienced climbing staff.

Whether you decide to come for two weeks of camp or just one, you will see outstanding views of nature, experience incredible adventure, and build lasting friendships.

Age

Grades 10-12

Price

$435 per week

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ABOUT

Take some time to unplug this summer and reflect on the important things in life. These trips are a great opportunity for you to discover strengths, develop leadership skills, and build confidence through challenging experiences. Hiking distances and rock climbing routes will vary by the group's ability, which will be determined by staff. This group will be co-ed, with separate sleeping arrangements for guys and girls.

If you decide to stay for both weeks, you'll spend the weekend on-site at Camp Bighorn, staying with our summer staff (ages 14-18) and joining their weekend activities.

SCHEDULE

Monday

Campers should arrive at Camp Bighorn between 4pm and 5pm. Dinner will be served at 6pm, personal gear will be inspected, group gear will be issued, and staff will share best practices for gear care for the week. Monday night will be spent camping on-site at Camp Bighorn, where campers will learn about spiritual themes for the trip and Leave No Trace principles for the trail. Tuesday morning, both weeks will head out.


Tuesday - Thursday

Backpacking

After breakfast and a short devotional, each hiker will take solo time to process the theme of the day, pray, and practice stillness. Everyone will then pack up camp and set out for the trail, stopping at numerous lookouts featuring alpine lakes, river valleys, and unbroken forests. Along your hike, you will learn about local ecosystems, wilderness skills, and backcountry food storage. Dinners will take place around a campfire (pending forest conditions), followed by an evening reflection time and time to hang out before sleeping beneath the stars.


Rock Climbing

Tuesday through Thursday night will be spent camping at a Kootenai National Forest campsite. After breakfast each day, there will also be a short devotional and reflection time. Before heading out to the rock, there will be some training at the campsite. Each day, you'll head to a different rock face to climb, learn, and practice. Dinners will be back at your campsite, cooked over a fire or stove (pending forest conditions) with either a relaxing evening by Lake Koocanusa or an epic evening climb.


Friday

Before you pack up and head out, the group will gather to debrief the entire trip and discuss how your experiences on the trail or rock can translate back to life at home. You will need to make plans to leave Camp Bighorn between 2-2:30pm. However, if you are staying for both weeks, you will spend the weekend at Camp Bighorn, hanging out with our summer staff and joining their weekend activities.

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*If you are joining for both weeks of camp, you will need to register for both weeks and the cost is $435 for each week ($870 total).

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Hard Skill

Backpacking

Cooking on camp stove, hanging a bear bag, understanding bear safety, Leave No Trace principles, using a compass, reading a map, proper campsite setup, and water filtration and purification


Rock Climbing

Belaying, climbing techniques, sport anchor setup, rescue techniques, Leave No Trace Principles, climbing etiquette


Leadership Opportunities

Backpacking

At various points throughout the trip, hikers will be given opportunities to lead the group. Opportunities will vary for each hiker, but might include trail responsibilities, meal preparation, campsite management, and more.


Rock Climbing

Learning to evaluate the environment, set up anchors, and belay safely indirectly teaches leadership, as you are responsible for other climbers.


Spiritual Development

Staff members will present key passages of Scripture, sharing how stories in the Bible connect with elements in the wilderness. Campers will then break out into small discussion groups where they will have time to help each other better understand these stories and find practical ways to use these lessons at home.


Close Community

Backpacking and climbing trips are some of our favorite ways to build friendships and memories. Jesus said that people would recognize His disciples by the love that they showed for one another, and small communities are a great way to practice this sort of selfless, brotherly love that Jesus was talking about (John 13:34-35).


Teamwork

Traveling in a small group can be challenging, which is why healthy communication and other teamwork habits will be encouraged throughout the trip. These are great for any season, and campers will also learn how to bring skills like conflict resolution and personal responsibility back home after their week in the mountains or on the rock.

Arrival / Departure


Check-In at the Front Office

Week 1: July 18th, 4-5pm
Week 2: July 25th, 4-5pm


Check-Out from the Front Office

Week 1: July 22rd, 2-2:30pm
Week 2: July 29th, 2-2:30pm

Availability

NameDatesPriceAvailabilityRegistration

High School Backpacking (Co-ed - Week 1)

July 18-22, 2022

$435

Open

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High School Rock Climbing (Co-ed - Week 2)

July 25-29, 2022

$435

Open

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Groups will be limited to 8 campers and 2 Bighorn staff members, totaling 10 people.