Summer Programs


DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 26, 2021

The HSJP program matches students with a job or paid internship provides a paid foundational work skills training, and connects students with an adult mentor for the summer.

HSJP participants are high school-age youth and recent graduates eager to develop their work skills and explore their career options. The program expands access to high-quality summer work experiences for students of Lewis & Clark and Broadwater Counties. Participating area businesses and community organizations help strengthen the local economy by connecting youth to meaningful work experiences.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Priority placement will be given to students who are between 16 and 19 years old. You must have a current photo ID and a Social Security number. You may be required to pass a drug screening and background check, if required by the host employer. You must also have transportation to the job site.

HOW TO APPLY: you can apply online through a google form, linked to the button below.

WHAT SORT OF JOBS ARE AVAILABLE? Positions include automotive, retail, healthcare, agriculture, information technology, recreation, education, legal, finance, administration, hospitality, marketing, engineering, business, & construction among others. If you are interested in a particular career, let HSJP know when you fill out the application google form. We will do our best to help you find a related position!

HSJP Specifics:

  • HSJP placements run from early June to mid-August.

  • Participating employers agree to provide a paid position in a safe, productive work environment.

  • Students will average at least 25 hours/week for a minimum of 150 hours. Some students will work full-time and some will work part-time, depending on the employer’s need.

  • Students will be paid a minimum rate of $9.00 per hour.

  • Students will attend a paid foundational work skills training workshop before the summer.

  • Students will meet with a mentor at least 5 times during the summer.

  • HSJP cannot guarantee internship or job placement, due to applicant availability or qualifications.


First, complete an online application (linked below!) You will also submit a resume, and complete an HSJP interview. If you need help with your resume or want to go through a mock interview process, please reach out to Ms. Rausch, the College & Career Counselor at


WHEN: June 6-11, 2021

WHERE: Carroll College in Helena, Montana

ABOUT BOYS STATE: Boys State will be accepting applications from the class of 2021 in addition to the class of 2022 because the program was cancelled last year.

American Legion Boys State is among one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. At Montana American Legion Boys State, we emphasize not only the elective democratic process, but also the legislative, bill-writing activities found throughout our government. As the week passes, each delegate finds himself in a variety of government situations at the city, county, and state levels. Well-rounded programming complements the government simulations to provide a complete week of learning both in and out of the classroom.

MT American Legion Posts select high school juniors (incoming Seniors) to attend the program. In most cases the sponsoring Post or other community-based organizations (ex. Rotary, Elks, Knights of Columbus, etc.) pay the expenses associated with attending the program.

Please contact Chairman Lowell Long or Director Greg Pohle with any questions. See contact information below.

Chairman: Lowell Long                        Director: Greg Pohle
Phone # 945-4209                               Phone # 855-0056

COST: The delegate fee is $300





WHEN: June 13-19, 2021

WHERE: Carroll College in Helena, Montana


ALA Girls State is a weeklong program of nonpartisan, non-denominational curriculum. As a Montana participant, the girls are assigned to fictional cities named after gem stones whereupon they embark in the full democratic process of seeking office, holding elections and making and/or enforcing laws. It is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning program. Additional activities include Capitol field trips, choir, journalism, special distinguished speakers, mock trial, moot court, self-defense classes, talent show, trips to KTVH studio and visits with veterans. Two girls selected by the delegates and counselors will become our ALA Girls State Senators and have the opportunity to represent Montana at our Nation’s Capitol for the week-long ALA Girls Nation.

This year we will be allowing recently graduated seniors to attend the session since their opportunity was cancelled last year. The only caveat is that these girls will not be eligible to go to ALA Girls Nation in Washington DC or compete for the Samsung scholarship.

Delegates to ALA Girls State are selected from girls who have completed their junior or senior year of high school, have an interest in government and current events, show strong leadership abilities, and have high moral character.

COST: The delegate fee is $325


Are you ready to explore the universe? Then this five-day, overnight astronomy camp is designed for you! Campers will participate in different hands-on activities designed to expand their astronomical knowledge and enhance their observing skills, using state-of-the-art telescopes and cameras to view and image the night sky.

By the end of the camp, campers will have developed a journal and an observation plan to further their exploration of the final frontier.

CAMP DATES & DETAILS: July 11 – 15th, 2021. This is a five day overnight camp for students entering the 9 – 12th grades.

COST: The cost is $750 per camper, and includes housing, meals, snacks, supplies and all activities.


Montana Learning Center is partnering with Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, MT for a unique camping experience. This adventure includes three days of field expeditions to active paleontological dig sites in the Hell Creek Formation, where campers will engage in dinosaur fossil excavation, microsite identification, plant fossil harvesting, amber collection and more. In addition to the activities at the fossil dig sites, campers will tour Carter County Museum, sort material collected in the field, learn the basics of fossil preparation and prepare fossils they gathered at the digs for display in the Museum.

Space is limited to 12 students who are entering 8th ‚Äď 12th grade.

CAMP DATES & DETAILS: August 15 – 20, 2021. This is a six-day overnight camp. Students leave from Montana Learning Center’s campus on Canyon Ferry Lake on Sunday afternoon and return there on Friday afternoon.

COST: the cost of the camp is $1195 for all six days and includes transportation, housing, meals, snacks and all learning and recreational activities and related fees.


***The application will be available in late February, 2021! 

PROGRAM DATES: Saturday, July 24 – Saturday, July 31, 2021

ELIGIBILITY: High school students (who are entering their sophomore, junior and senior year starting the fall of 2021 and are at least 16 years old) are eligible to attend.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: this is an intensive, hands-on transformational learning opportunity with our faculty in a live-in shared one week experience. Students will engage in the classroom during the day and in meaningful social activities in the evenings and during the weekend.

Students will be exposed to all aspects of life as a UM student. Out-of-state and in-state high school students can earn one college credit and have a choice from two course listings (Environmental Ethics OR Public Health). Students will choose one course to participate in for the one week duration.

LOCATION: The University of Montana (Missoula, MT.) and/or a front country camping trip via the Wild Rockies Field Institute (Missoula, MT.)

ESTIMATED COST: $1,200 (this includes lodging, meals and the programs fees)



Are you a sophomore or junior in high school interested in learning more about a career in the medical field? The Montana AHECs are excited to announce both an in-person and virtual MedStart Camp this summer!

DEADLINE: Applications are due no later than March 5, 2021.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: MedStart is a Montana AHEC program designed to encourage high school students who are in sophomore and junior grade levels to pursue their interest in a variety of healthcare careers. AHEC focuses on accepting students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities, or first generation college students. The aim of MedStart is to provide students – who may not otherwise have the opportunity – a chance to further explore healthcare careers, learn about college life, and realize it is possible to pursue higher education. Students often think of healthcare as including only ‚Äúdoctors and nurses.‚ÄĚ MedStart tries to break down that stereotype by educating students on the large variety of careers available in the healthcare industry.

WHO: Current sophomores or juniors from a Montana high school. Homeschooled or GED students are eligible as well. Students may be no older than 18. Students may apply for a second year of MedStart.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Multiple scholarships are available based on need and/or merit; see page 5 of the application.

COLLEGE CREDIT: Students completing the MedStart Camp are eligible for one college credit through Montana Tech that is transferable to all schools in the Montana University System. More information will be available upon acceptance.

HOW TO APPLY: In order to apply to either of the camps, complete the online application. You can apply to both MedStart camps using the same application.

IMMUNIZATION NOTE: Students accepted into the In-Person MedStart Camp are required to provide proof of health insurance and up-to-date vaccinations as well as a tuberculosis test in order to be allowed to participate in the activities at healthcare facilities. Montana AHEC is not an affiliate of the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and therefore, does not recognize Montana Immunization Exemption Form 20-5-401. In order for your child to participate in activities at MedStart, current immunization records and negative results of a TB test (within the last year) are required.

ACCEPTANCE & PAYMENT: Notification of camp acceptance will be announced March 19, 2021. Students will receive a packet to complete and submit with payment in full by May 7, 2021.


MWS offers1 Р4 week long backcountry expeditions for high school-aged youth. Students get to experience and celebrate public lands and wild spaces while learning technical outdoor skills and  making connections with new peers from a variety of background.

DEADLINE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but it is encouraged to submit an application before May, 2021.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: MWS programs are designed to promote personal growth, environmental stewardship, civic participation and community engagement. each course includes lessons on public land management, current conservation issues, and opposing stakeholder perspectives, with the aim of helping students become more informed on issues and perspectives that are relevant in our state. students learn the technical outdoor skills necessary to safely and effectively travel as a group in the backcountry with the intention that students are able to take those skills home and apply them on their own outdoor trips with friends and family. All courses include a Leave No Trace certification upon completion of the course.


Courses for 14 – 16 year olds:

  • Missouri River Adventure – June 16-27
    • 12 days canoeing the Missouri River Breaks
  • Montana Alpine Adventure – July 14-21
    • 10 days backpacking in Western Montana
  • Yellowstone Backpacking Adventure – July 6-13
    • 8 days backpacking in the Greater Yellowstone
  • Introduction to Packrafting Adventure – June 11-16
    • 6 days whitewater travel on a packraft (inflatable kayak)

Courses for 15 – 18 year olds:

  • Backcountry Skills for the Aspiring Hunter July 3 – 12
    • 10 days backpacking with emphasis on wild game behavior, tracking and hunting skills
  • Rock Camp Adventure – August 2nd to August 13
    • 10 days backpacking with introduction to backcountry rock climbing

Courses for 16 – 18 year olds:

  • Horsepacking Expedition – July 31 – August 9
    • 10 days backcountry horse packing trip
  • Mountaineering Expedition – June 15 – July 2
    • 18 days backpacking and expedition climbing, including summer snow and alpine rock travel
  • Wilderness Packrafting and Backpacking Expedition – July 11 – 25
    • 15 days whitewater packraft (inflatable kayak) and backpacking
  • Wilderness Backpacking Expedition – July 11 – 25
    • 10 days backpacking in Western Montana
  • Yellowstone Expedition – August 1 – 21
    • 21 days backpacking, packrafting and whitewater canoeing. Wilderness First Aid training and swift water rescue.
  • Montana Expedition – July 17 – August 10
    • 25 days backpacking, horse packing, and canoeing. Wilderness First Aid training.

SCHOLARSHIPS: MWS offers a generous, sliding scale scholarships to students and families who express and demonstrate the need for financial support. Interested families can use the financial aid application to apply. MWS also has the means to provide gear, clothing, and boots for any student in need.

COLLEGE CREDIT: Completion of our Yellowstone Expedition and Montana Expedition can earn two credits through the University of Montana Western and a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid certification.