Kids Camp

July 14th - July 19th

Where Kids Take the Leap

At Camp Mak-A-Dream, cancer isn't an obstacle — the climbing wall is. Kids Camp gives children in various stages of cancer therapy a chance to challenge themselves, try a new craft in the art studio or go horseback riding, perhaps for the first time. Shared experiences around cancer are added to the mix, creating safe places where kids not only get to express their emotions but also learn that others have triumphed in the face of some of the same hardships.

The camp of dreams for cancer patients.

~ MacKale, age 13, Kids Camp

Our Campus

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Where the Magic Happens

Use this interactive map to explore Camp Mak-A-Dream's campus in Gold Creek, Montana. With 87 beautiful acres of ranchland surrounded by the Flint and Pintler mountains, Camp quickly becomes an unforgettable second home for the campers and program participants who travel here for a life-changing Montana experience.

Cabins

What's a Montana experience without cabins? Our four cabins — named after a few of our state's mountain ranges — sleep up to 20 campers comfortably, each equipped with a kitchenette and a common area with a fireplace. These cabins quickly become home during camp programs and fireside chats happen both inside and out.

Swimming Pool

During our hot summer afternoons, everyone's thrilled by the idea of a dip in the pool. We have certified lifeguards on duty as various cabins rotate through using the pool as a recreational outlet. There's often a pool party, water aerobics, or cabin counselor cardboard boat races during theme night activities at Camp. The pool is wheelchair accessible.

Lodge

Our 11,000-square-foot main lodge includes a window-lined dining room with a large stone fireplace and sitting area that combine to create an open area that serves as dining, meeting or breakout space. The lodge also features an activity room, a resource room for workshop sessions and the Camp Store. Not to mention an expansive terrace that overlooks the valley.

Art Studio

When campers want to get creative, they head here. We keep the studio well-stocked — since these kids have proven time and time again that their imaginations are seemingly limitless. From pottery and silk painting to tie-dye and friendship-bracelet weaving, the Art Studio is a hub of activity.

Health Center

Our full-service, on-site health facility is a critical part of Camp. With isolation and treatment rooms, this facility helps us accommodate campers who require a high level of care, as well as those undergoing active treatment.
 In addition, the Health Center houses Camp's office, a conference room and accommodations for the experienced doctors and nurses who volunteer at Camp.

Archery Range

In search of rare Montana wildlife, such as the stegosaurus or jackalope, Campers head to the archery range. Whether campers are looking to blow off steam or tromp in the field, the archery course is a popular activity. And we always enjoy sharing activities with campers that many of them have never tried before.

Ropes Course & Climbing Wall

The outdoor adventure courses are often the places where so many campers' firsts, victories and pivotal changes take place. This is especially true on the ropes course and climbing wall where campers test their limits. Adventure course activities are supervised and facilitated by trained Camp staff.

Horse Corral

Many would argue that the best way to see Montana's stunning landscape is from atop a horse — and when we see how excited campers become when they spot the corral, we tend to agree. From simply being near the animals and helping brush them down to taking a turn riding and navigating some obstacles while in the saddle, our horses are an integral part of the Camp experience.

Wellness Center

Our Wellness Center gives new meaning to living beyond cancer. This facility focuses on well-being, mind-body awareness and mindful practices. It includes a teaching kitchen for classes, coffee bar and lounge for small group discussions, and a large community room for activities like yoga, poetry sessions and workshops. This is also where a number of campuswide activities take place, like Camp's dance and drum circles.

Zip Line

Adding some extra gravitational pull to the fun, our zip line is a popular entertainment choice at Camp. Despite periodic trepidation regarding heights, most campers take the leap and gleefully glide down the zip line. After all, they've already conquered so many fears, why not tackle another? Trained staff oversee and facilitate the zip line during all Camp sessions.