Now Introducing: Wild Child

Revision, 4/8/2020

Wild Child Parents,

With the extended school closure, we are unfortunately cancelling Wild Child for this year. We are so excited about this new program and plan to offer it again next spring. Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see your child(ren) next year! We will be issuing refunds in the next week. If you do not receive a refund by April 17th, please contact our main office at 406-826-3144.

In the meantime, we are looking at our summer programming in light of the COVID-19 crisis. We are considering the possibility of offering a summer version of Wild Child. We will keep you updated on this possibility.

We are committed to the health of our community and hope to be exploring the wild together soon!

Bethany Meaden
Wild Events Coordinator

Original Post

Beginning this spring, Camp Bighorn is proud to announce the launch of our newest program, Wild Child! Wild Child is an outdoor adventure and skills program offered on Fridays at Camp Bighorn exclusively for local students in grades 3-8.

As a mother of two and avid adventurer herself, Wild Child founder Bethany Meaden wanted to share her love for the outdoors and create something fun for the children in our community. We live in a day and age where many kids spend the majority of their time inside or on a screen, but children were made to explore the world around them. We don’t have to tell you, running wild comes naturally to our kiddos and so we designed a program that provides our children with the skills to harness this sense of adventure.

With a highly experienced staff team, open space, hidden trails, mountains and river access, Camp Bighorn is the perfect place to let your child run wild. Students will be organized into teams and taught how to build campfires, make shelters, cook in dutch ovens, read a compass and more!

Did you know? Time spent in nature is proven to reduce anxiety and depression among people of all ages--including children! Beyond learning outdoor skills, our staff will also encourage children to be kind to each other, grow confident in themselves, work as a team and explore safely.

Our hope is that your student will make their own great memories and look back on this season with pride, much the same way Bethany looks back on her childhood in Western Washington. For one glorious year, she spent her Wednesdays horseback riding and taking pioneer living classes. She still carries fond memories from this season, taking pride in saddling her first horse, drying her own venison jerky, baking cherry turnovers on a campfire and returning home each afternoon with the smell of campfire in her hair.

Just imagine all the stories your child will be excited to share after four glorious Fridays filled with adventure.


8:30 - Pickup at Plains School
- Breakfast
9:30-12:00 - Outdoor experiential learning and adventure
- Lunch
- Outdoor experiential learning and adventure
- Drop off at Plains School


$80 (includes breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from Plains School all four days)


We are only able to accept 20 students this year, so please register early to secure your spot.

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