Activities

Teen Heads Up Conference

Our activities are inclusive, in that campers are encouraged but not required to participate. Golf carts and wheelchairs are available to ensure that participants can get around campus easily.

In addition to all of our great outdoor recreation, which campers can select what activity they’d like to pursue, each week we host guest speakers to share their professional knowledge and story. The Teen Heads Up Conference places an extra emphasis on activities aimed to help campers understand and cope with cancer.

For the evenings we plan special events designed to enhance community and friendship. In the course of a week campers may enjoy a Hawaiian pool party, Carnival Night, Olympic Games or a Hollywood-themed dance. Most days we schedule a Cabin Chat as well, which is a special time set aside for campers to talk and share in a safe, supportive environment. During these chats participants have an opportunity to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences about living with cancer.

Beyond on-site activities, we usually spend one day off campus. We may go bowling in Deer Lodge, visit a water park in Missoula or mine for sapphires in historic Philipsburg.

We finish our week with a banquet dinner, slide show of photography — by our staff photographer and by campers themselves — and talent show where campers are encouraged to showcase their talents in front of a supportive audience. By the second or third day usually everyone has let loose, but by the talent show everyone’s growth is clearly evident.

When I found out about Camp Mak-A-Dream, I was so excited to go on a plane for the first time, see Montana and meet new people who understood my problems.

~ Caroline, age 17, Teen Heads Up Conference

Calendar

From the outside looking in summer may seem like our busy season, but Camp Mak-A-Dream works its magic year-round. From special projects in preparation for our major fundraising events to hosting educational workshops at our Gold Creek campus, we stay busy regardless of the temperature outside. It just happens to be summertime that we especially look forward to.