Camp Mak-A-Dream Activities


The Young Adult Conference (YAC) is a blend of educational and recreational activities. Safety is our first priority at camp. Our summer and volunteer staff is carefully vetted and trained. Camp offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Golf carts and wheelchairs are available to ensure that participants can get around campus easily. Swimming, field sports, zip line, climbing wall, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and archery are just some of the onsite activities. Young adult participants also get an opportunity to challenge themselves on the high ropes course and will enjoy spending time in the rec room playing fuse ball or ping pong and in the art studio working on projects ranging from tie-dye to pottery. Each week we host local presenters sharing their knowledge and talents with the group. Activities may include improvisation, yoga and drumming, silk painting and cartooning. In the evening we plan special events designed to enhance community and friendship. In the course of a week participants may enjoy a Hawaiian pool party, a Bake-Off Competition and a Hollywood themed dance.  Late night, YAC participants are free to soak in the hot tub, work in the art studio, watch movies or play pool in the recreation room.

Seeing that YAC is a conference for adults we offer a number of educational workshops in addition to numerous recreational opportunities.  Workshops covering such topics as relationships, coping with grief and loss, nutrition, exercise and navigating the health care system may be offered. The program is packed with opportunities to learn and have fun and although we encourage participants to take advantage of scheduled activities, attendance is not required. Although activities vary at each conference, we always make sure to provide a varied program, giving participants plenty of options. Most days we schedule Cabin and/or Fireside Chats which are special times set aside for participants to talk in a safe, supportive environment. During these chats participants have an opportunity to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences about living with cancer. In addition to our on campus activities, we usually spend one day off campus. We may go bowling in Deer Lodge, visit the farmer’s market in Missoula or mine for sapphires in historic Philipsburg. We finish off our week with a banquet dinner, slide show and talent show where campers are encouraged to showcase their talents in front of a supportive audience.