Summer Camps and Programs



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  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA): Our local Helena Rotary club will be providing two sponsorships for Helena Public Schools students to this year’s Montana RYLA event (July 9th-13th – Described below). These need to be rising 10th graders. Rotary will provide these scholarships to the first two students who return their completed application. For more information on this year’s RYLA Program and application submission, please see the below information and link. The deadline for application (attached) is May 31st but the scholarship opportunity is limited to the first two applications submitted.

Application Submission: Please send application to our local Helena Rotary Lead, Ann Dooling at

GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths)

GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) Program offers a week long Outdoor Leadership Training course for students ages 16-19 who identify as either female or non-binary.  Each Youth Leader, after completing the course, will then have the opportunity to volunteer on an additional week long outdoor trip for younger students in an Assistant Instructor capacity.  Each of these trips start and end in Missoula, but otherwise are spent camping in front country and back country locations.

   The full tuition for this program is $200, but we offer scholarship funds based on a self-assessment of needs.  More details and access to our online registration can be found in the link here.


Volunteers Needed for Summer Science Camps

First of all, science camps are FUN! Our camps start on June 10. Each week, we hold different camps, divided into morning or afternoon. Volunteers commit to being here Mon-Thurs, either 8 AM – 1 PM or 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Our preschool camps are 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, and run Mon-Weds. So the total commitment for each camp is 20 hours over four days. Preschool camps, about 11 hours over three days.
Since each week starts with new camps, volunteers can commit to just two camps, or as many as they want. We’d rather not have volunteers signing up for only one camp, since it takes time to train and orient people to how things work.
Contact – Lauren Rivers, STEM Enrichment Director


Health Leaders Summer Camp 2019

June 23-28
For Rural & Tribal Teens Age 14-17

Are you interested in improving the health of your community or pursuing a health-related career? If so, join is for a camp where you will explore a wide range of health concepts with like-minded teens in a beautiful setting. At camp, you will make friends, learn new skills, and discover ways to serve your community. You will also learn about different concepts of health while enjoying a week in the mountains that includes hiking, white water rafting, and campfires! Hopa Mountain encourages applications from teens a HealthCamp_Brochure_2019_v1 (1)ge 14-17 from rural and tribal communities, especially those who will be first in their family to attend college. The goal of this camp is to provide teens with the opportunity to explore healthcare careers, healthy ways of living, and learn about college life. This camp is free of charge for all participants.

Learn More About Health Leaders Summer Camp


Scholars of Promise

for high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores

Hopa Mountain has three initiatives to support high school sophomores, juniors or seniors who are planning to go to college. If you are a high school student in Montana who has a GPA of 2.5 or above, you are invited to apply to Hopa Mountain’s Health Scholars of Promise (for students interested in a health-related degree) or Scholars of Promise program (for students in foster care, kinship care, or homeless). If you are a Native American student, enrolled or descendant, with a 3.0 GPA or above, you are invited to apply to our Indigenous Scholars of Promise program. These college preparation programs will provide students with training, mentoring, and support services to help them prepare to apply to the colleges and universities of their choice.

Benefits of being a Scholar of Promise:
· Training and coaching meetings to help prepare you to apply to colleges/universities and succeed once you are there.
· Assistance with university essays, application/testing fees, and scholarship applications.
· Mentor and peer support throughout the college preparation process.
· Recognition through participation in the Scholars of Promise program.

Applications may be mailed to Hopa Mountain, 234 E. Babcock, Suite E, Bozeman, MT 59715 or emailed to Please call 406-586-2455 with any questions. Scholars of Promise Application



Calling all 10th grade students. During this three to four day HOBY seminar students gather at University sites across the U.S. to explore and discover their personal leadership strengths, and learn how to apply them to serve their community.

Date: 06/20/2019 – 06/23/2019
Location: Carroll College
School ID: 7976
Password: uzxrbo

Learn more at



The ACLU Summer Advocacy Program (July 20-26) brings together high school students from across the United States to participate in a firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. During this week-long program in Washington, DC, students participate in electives and seminars led by lobbyists, community activists, lawyers, and ACLU experts to enhance their knowledge of civil liberties, social justice issues, and advocacy campaigns. The Close Up Foundation – a DC based civic education non-profit – partners with the ACLU to provide substantive experiential learning and small group discussion opportunities throughout the program. To read more about the program, please visit our website.


Application Process

  • The application can be found here.
  • Priority Decision applications are due by March 3 and Regular Decision applications are due by April 7.
  • Financial Aid is available (full and partial scholarships).
  • High school-aged students who are 15-18* years old are welcome to apply. *High school graduates are eligible to apply for the Advanced Advocacy Program.


AgDiscovery is a two week, residential summer outreach program sponsored  by different United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs for middle and high school students.


  • a middle or high school student looking for a unique summer internship with an opportunity to live and study on a college campus?
  • a high school student looking to improve your resume for college?
  • a teacher looking for opportunities to expand your students’ view of agriculture?
  • a parent looking for learning opportunities for your teen?

Look no further… the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers you an opportunity of a lifetime.

AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in the agricultural sciences. For those interested in an agricultural career, AgDiscovery is a great way to get started. Read on to learn more about this year’s program, including dates, locations, cost information, eligibility, and how to apply.

There is no cost to attend the AgDiscovery 2019 summer program. Tuition, room and board, lab supplies, meals, and activity fees will be covered by APHIS. Students selected for the program are only responsible for costs that may be associated with traveling to the university campus on opening day and returning home at the conclusion of the program on closing day.

For more information click here.


American Red Cross Summer Youth Corps

Blood Donor Ambassador

Provide excellent and enthusiastic customer service to enhance the blood donor experience. Engage with blood donors to promote blood donation and set the stage for a long-term commitment to regular blood donations.

Key Responsibilities

• Welcome and greet donors, escort as necessary and assist with initial intake and hand-offs through the blood donation process.
• Ensure blood donors have relevant information and answer questions appropriately.
• Learn and share the Red Cross story, including the mission, vision, and values.
• Create a favorable impression of the Red Cross, and the blood donation process, that will encourage continued support.
• Make reminder calls, re-schedule donor appointments, and perform follow up activities as directed.
• Be available and committed to the volunteer schedule.
• Model excellent customer service behaviors.
• Attend to donors in the Hospitality Area by ensuring that each donor is recognized for his/her contribution.
• Set up and maintain cleanliness in Reception and Hospitality Areas; restock beverages and snacks.
• Punctual and dependable in arriving for assignment(s) and staying on site until the last donor leaves.

Time Commitment – Variable; preferred commitment one 4-6 hour shift/month Qualifications

• Willingness to support the American Red Cross mission.
• Ability to display the utmost professionalism and communication skills.
• Extremely comfortable working with people from all walks of life.
• Ability to represent the American Red Cross to the community.

Schwanke Honors Institute: Prep for College and Beyond

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Summer Opportunity for High School Students at University of Montana

Offered for rising sophomore high-school students to rising college freshman: the Summer Schwanke Honors Institute.

This annual summer program gives students the chance to explore University life and academics while engaging in an honors education, which includes experiential learning and small class sizes. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn three University of Montana credits.

The 2019 Summer Schwanke Honors Institute is focused on the environment and sustainability through an immersive, two-week classroom and field-based program. Students choose one of two options for courses, which draw from UM’s nationally-distinctive programs in creative writing and climate change studies. They are taught by University of Montana Honors faculty and offered for three academic credits each:

  • HONR 191 – Creative Writing in the Environment
  • HONR 191 – Climate Science, Society, and Solutions

Given its focus, this program tends to appeal to those students who have aptitude and interest in Environmental Studies/Science and English.

This year’s program will take place on the University of Montana campus in Missoula from June 16 – June 28, 2019. Features of the program include:

  • On-campus housing in a University residence hall with fellow pre-college students and university student teaching assistants;
  • Structured days with morning class sessions and afternoon college readiness workshops or local field trips to explore course topics; and,
  • A 3-day excursion to Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation for an immersive study of the environment and sustainability.

The application deadline is April 1, 2019. The program is limited to 40 students, and because we accept students on a rolling basis, we encourage early applications. We offer our low Montana resident tuition rate to both resident and non-resident students. Plus, we have a number of need-based scholarships available for students who apply before April 1. The application for the program and scholarships can be found on our website: SCHWANKE HONORS INSTITUTE.



The Montana Wilderness School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit outdoor education organization based in Bozeman, Montana, providing multi-week wilderness expeditions for youth. On a MWS course, students experience and celebrate public lands, wild spaces and wilderness areas while learning technical skills, experiencing personal growth and making connections with other Montana Youth. For more information visit:




The annual Montana Global Prep Scholarship is back!  As in years past, this is a full scholarship* for four Montana students to participate in an AFS summer program abroad.  The application is free and easy, open to all Montana students age 14 – 18, and could lead to the adventure of a lifetime!

Please see below for additional details of the scholarship and please share this opportunity with your students and community.  I am happy to send additional information, flyer pdfs that can be printed and easily distributed to your students, or answer any questions.  And, please feel free to visit the AFS-USA website for more information on this scholarship, as well as the many other scholarships available!

Thanks to a generous gift made by a Montana resident and former AFS-USA participant, there are four full scholarships* available for Montana students** to travel abroad this summer on an AFS-USA Global Prep program.

Choose between the following Global Prep programs: ColombiaCosta RicaCzech Republic, EgyptGermany,  PolandSan Diego (CA), or Spain.

Grab your passport and start your adventure now!

Scholarship Details:

  • No previous language experience required.
  • Four (4) full scholarships will be awarded (based on countries/programs chosen by recipients).
  • Scholarship recipients will be responsible for arranging and covering their own transportation to the departure (gateway) location.
  • Applicants must be flexible with their destination as AFS does not guarantee spots will be available to your country of preference.
  • A selection committee of AFS-USA staff and volunteers will review applications to choose scholarship recipients.
  • Application materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


To be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Live or attend school in Montana**
  • Between the ages of 14 and 18 years old
  • Apply for one of the Global Prep programs listed above

How to Apply:

  1. Start or continue to work on your AFS application.
  2. Complete the Montana Global Prep Scholarship application form.
  3. Submit your completed application to


The deadline to apply is March 28, 2019.

Contact Information:

For more information about this scholarship, please contact the Scholarships Department at

Please note that not all applicants are going to be offered a scholarship.
** Students who are currently in Montana on a Study Abroad program are not eligible, only full-time residents. 





This program is Girls State. ALA Girls State is a unique and exciting government-Youth Program Brochure Cover Imagein-action learning program in which Auxiliary members guide young women to become patriotic, knowledgeable stewards of freedom and democracy. Please see the attached flyer.

This program will be held from June 9th – June 15th at Carroll College. The cost is $300, however the Helena American Legion can subsidy $100. For students wanting to participate they must complete an application online at Those who participate can apply for the Samsung Scholarship online at

Applications will be accepted January 1, 2019 – April 30, 2019. Pick up an application in the Counseling Center.




The American Legion Boys State is a non-partisan, non-political mock government exercise in a model state designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government. It is intended to instill character, the importance of civic engagement and patriotism among rising high school seniors.

What are the requirements for participation?

Students who have just completed their junior year of high school, and have at least one semester of high school left to complete, are eligible to apply to The American Legion Boys State program.

Ideal candidates are individuals who understand the value of teamwork and possess outstanding leadership, character and community service qualities. An interest in government and public service ensures the student will be actively engaged in the program.

Tuition and transportation may be covered by your local American Legion Post and local sponsors.

Graduation is held at the end of the week. Two college scholarships are awarded to delegates. Two Delegates will represent Montana at The American Legion Boys Nation are announced. Parents and visitors are encouraged to attend.

Where and when does the program take place?

The American Legion Boys State is held at Carroll College in Helena, MT June 2-7, 2019. Delegates are required to attend for the entire week. If there is a scheduling issue, please contact Greg Pohle at 406-855-0056 well in advance of the program starting.

Delegates are housed in the dormitories and dine in the cafeteria. All meals are provided, however, there are vending machines and a store on campus so it is a good idea to bring a little spending money.

Transportation around Helena is provided by The American Legion Boys State program no personal vehicles may be used during the program.

What are the next steps? How does one apply?

Interested high school juniors need to submit their application by May 15th, 2019.