Montana Lil's Highlights
An introduction to all things “Alpengirl”; camping, wilderness, friends. A fit for the blossoming adventuress!
DatesJun 22 - Jun 29, 2023
Ages11-12 (enter 6th-7th)
Tuition$1595 (airfare not incl.)
- Learn to tent camp
- Backpacking and hiking
- Swim in a high mountain lake
- Cavern exploration and tour
- Soak in a natural hot spring pool
- Make new and lasting friends
- Outdoor skills and campfire
- Introduction to SW Montana
Leader. It can be a noun, but the leader of the day (LOD) at Alpengirl takes leadership action, and makes leader a verb. I think that Alpengirl has given everyone an opportunity to be an exceptional leader and show qualities they don't normally project or put out.
A 1-week summer adventure camp in Montana for pre-teens age 11 & 12
Outgoing and energetic, the Montana Lil’s campers are excited to find their inner adventuress!
This camp is a one-week introduction to all things Alpengirl, such as outdoor camp cooking, campfire building, daily yoga, Alpenolympic games, road-side dance parties, camp skills and beads, end of session awards ceremony and, of course, making lots of new friends.
During this camp, campers will have a blast outside, hiking, swimming, and backpacking, while embracing their independence away from home, many for the very first time. The goal of these 8-days is to get comfortable being at an overnight adventure camp, while packing their days with tons of fun activities!
This introductory camp is offered to our youngest campers who want to try it out and come back for more next year!
Day 1: Arriving at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, your Alpenguides will be decked out in their most stylish Alpenwear to greet you. Icebreakers and name games abound as you get to know your fellow Alpengirls and guides. We’ll hop into the van and drive a short distance to our campsite, where we’ll learn how to set up our tents and enjoy a delicious and fresh camp dinner. As the sun sinks below the horizon, you’ll feel calm as the sound of the wind rustling through the tall grass soothes you to sleep.
Day 2: Rise and shine, Alpengirls! After a soothing yoga session, we’ll break out our Alpengirl Camp Cookbook and whip up a yummy breakfast - perhaps Strawberry Stuffed French Toast or Apples and Oats Pancakes (YUM!) We’ll put on our hiking boots and set out on a 2 mile hike with the interpretive Park Rangers to explore the wonders of the nearby caverns that are situated right behind our campsite.
Tonight, your Alpenguides will show you the basics behind safe fire building and maintenance. Girls will have an opportunity to build a campfire on their own and cook a meal over it. And what campfire is complete without our favorite Alpentreat - s’mores!
Day 3-6: Lace up your hiking boots and roll up your sleeping pad, because today is the day that we start our hiking and backpacking expedition! Before we leave, our Alpenguides will walk us through proper packing procedure and give us a lesson on how to adjust and carry our backpacks. Lightening our load and taking only the essentials, we’ll leave the van behind, grab our cameras and begin our 12 mile round-trip backpack.
We’re headed to a high mountain lake, hiking only a mile the first day to get used to backpacking and comfortable on the trail. Reaching the mountain lake on the second day, we’ll set up camp here for two nights, giving us the chance to day hike to an abandoned mine, a high ridge, or a hidden lake. Our last night in the back country is the perfect time for our classic Alpenolympic Talent Show, so get creative and be ready to have fun!
On the final day of backpacking, we’ll hike out downhill to the trailhead and camp on the banks of a nearby river.
Day 7: A leisurely start with a deluxe hot breakfast, a swim in the river followed by showers and soaking in a hot springs pool. Then, we’ll enjoy pizzas or calzones, have an opportunity to buy Alpengirl items from the camp store and participate in our traditional end of session awards ceremony.
Day 8: It’s time to go home. Exchanging hugs with your friends, you’ll depart from Bozeman International Airport knowing that you are now an official Alpengirl and we’ll be a part of our fantastic community for life. See you next summer!
PLEASE NOTE: Alpengirl reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of a program before or during a program, including program itinerary, activities or location for reason including but not limited to weather, environment, logistics or health hazards. If itinerary changes occur, we will substitute comparable alternatives, if possible. If there are significant itinerary changes, parent will be notified by email.
Trip Campsites & Amenities
Four nights are spent in tents in public “front country” campgrounds where we have pre-assigned campsites with neighbors and campground hosts nearby, running potable water, and private outhouses or flushing toilets.
Three nights are spent in tents in wilderness “back country” areas where we will purify our water before drinking and learn and practice basic Leave No Trace camping skills such as how to select a campsite, how to go to the bathroom, and how to keep clean outdoors.
Why Choose This Trip
Montana Lil’s camp session is just for 11 and 12 year olds! Attending this camp is a great way to introduce pre teens to the experience of outdoor living and backpacking during a week of action-packed fun. Montana Lil’s will be challenged to experience new things while having tons of fun with a great group of girls and guides. Limited to 12 campers in the group.
Trying to figure out if a Lil’s Adventure is right for you? Read more: Lil's Adventure Camps ~ Where Alpengirls Take Root!