Camp Iron Horse

Camp Iron Horse Enrollment Policy

Enrollment for Camp Iron Horse 2022 will open at 9am MDT on Monday, April 18th.  This is the Monday after Easter.  At that time, you are free to enroll for the entire summer.  Please send any reservations on that day via email to Amanda Cotton at acotton@ironhorsemt.com
Any reservations made after April 18th can be made via phone or email.
Please include the following information in your email request:

  • Date of Camp
  • Title of Camp you are interested in
  • Full name of camper
  • Age of Camper (as of June 13th, 2022)
  • Name of Primary Member (if Extended Family)
  • Phone number of parent / guardians

All confirmed reservations for Summer 2022 will receive a follow-up confirmation email.

Guest Policy
Due to the high demand of Camp, Camp Iron Horse will determine if guests are able to attend on a case-by-case basis based on availability.  We will not displace a Member or Extended Family Member in order to enroll a guest in Camp.

Camp Iron Horse Calendar

Download the 2022 Camp Calendar
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Dear Campers and Families,

First, I would like to formally introduce myself to you and express how excited I am for this year’s Camp Iron Horse. My name is Amanda Cotton, I was born and raised in Iowa where I graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Event Management. I’ve had the pleasure of planning a wide range of events for many non-profits, Anheuser-Busch, and the historic Hotel Blackhawk. I moved to the Flathead Valley with my husband and our dogs in 2016.

We have been happy to call this slice of heaven our home ever since. In the winter you can find me on the ski slopes or traveling and in the summers I’m either on the trails or paddling down one of the beautiful rivers that flow through our area. I hope to pass my love of the outdoors and creativity through each camp.

This summer we’ve added a number of new camps while keeping the classic favorites. The rewarding part of camp is our campers will get to enjoy the places and activities Northwest Montana has to offer us while learning and gaining new skills. I can’t wait to build lasting memories with each and every one of you!

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

All the best,

Amanda Cotton, Activities Coordinator

Amanda Cotton

Camp Iron Horse Counselors

Camp Iron Horse Counselors:
Our counselors are responsible, caring and highly qualified. All are trained in First Aid and CPR.

  • Ingrid Smith
  • Morgan Hernandez
  • Mackenzie Emeny
  • Emily Thompson
  • Ethan Strand
  • Anna Lauenstein
  • Kyson Wagner

  • Kenzie Mohl
Download the 2022 Camp Enrollment Form

Camp Iron Horse Creed:
Camp Iron Horse is designed to offer fun and educational activities for members’ children and grandchildren that excite the mind, body, and spirit, teach knowledge and skills, build character and self-awareness, and promote cooperation.

Camp Iron Horse Space and Age Limitations

Camp Iron Horse Space and Age Limitations:
To provide the best experience possible each day, space is limited depending on the scheduled activities for that day. Enroll early to ensure a spot for your child.

All campers must be at least 4 years of age. Due to vendor policy and/or the level of maturity needed to enjoy the activity, age limitations are essential to the overall success of the day. Additional age requirements are noted in the calendar and activity descriptions.

Camp Iron Horse Rates

Camp Iron Horse Rates:
Day Camp: Includes specified activity, lunch, drinks & snacks – $80
Evening Camp: Includes specified activity, dinner, drinks & snacks – $50
Water Sports: Includes instruction, drinks & snacks – $60
Jr. Tennis Camp: Includes instruction, drinks & snacks – $80
Jr. Golf Camp: Includes instruction, lunch, drinks, & snacks – $250/member

*Although the information above is a reflection of the majority of the activities, it is NOT accurate for ALL activity rates. Please call Outdoor Pursuits for specific activity descriptions and information.

Camp Iron Horse Activity Descriptions

2022 CAMP IRON HORSE ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS

Ages vary by camp activity due to a mix of vendor requirements, as well as policies by Iron Horse

Day Camps 

Amazing Fun Center – (Ages 4+) A popular outdoor center hosting many activities such as miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts and the Glacier Maze. Wear or bring a swimsuit as the bumper boasts certainly will get your clothes soaked!

Cooking With Chef – (Ages 4+) Get ready to tie those aprons! With the instruction of our very own Chef Jake Roberton, these mini chefs will learn the art of pizza making. Campers will then serve and dine with their families while enjoying their masterful creations.

Finger Lake Hike – (Ages 5+) Enjoy a leisurely 4 mile round trip hike into the Lebeau State Forest just north of Whitefish. This serene lake is a camp favorite for swimming. 

From Moo to You – (Ages 4+) Campers will enjoy an afternoon at Kalispell Kreamery and will be given a tour that takes them through the process of milk. Starting with the cows and all the way through the delivery to grocery stores. Expect to learn how to make ice cream. Of course, sampling products, and petting a baby calf will be included during this activity. 

Grow With Me – (Ages 4+) At Purple Frog Garden we’ll talk about seeds and how they multiply with each generation. We’ll clean flower and vegetable seeds from the 2021 harvest and make ‘seed paper’ that will germinate and grow if you plant it. We’ll also clean and package seeds for our community seed library. Hopefully, if the timing is right, we’ll spend part of the day picking/eating raspberries and strawberries. We’ll round out the day with a farm scavenger hunt for items to use to make a pizza in their outdoor pizza oven. You’ll take home your seed paper, some herb seeds, and a flower bouquet.

Honey Bee Mine – (Ages 4+) At Purple Frog Garden we’ll explore the plants and insects around us. We’ll learn about pollinators and their important role in helping to grow the food we eat. We’ll harvest some rhubarb and make a delicious, refreshing drink in their outdoor kitchen. We’ll round out the day with a farm scavenger hunt for items to use to make a pizza in their outdoor pizza oven. You’ll take home a pint of honey, some flower seeds, and a small herb plant.

Horseback Riding & Amazing Fun Center – (Ages 7+) Campes will spend a few hours at The Amazing Fun Center followed by joining the wranglers at Swan Mountain Outfitters for a scenic trail ride near West Glacier. 

Intro to Musical Theater – (Ages 4+) Campers will play acting games, learn vocal warm-ups, and learn a Broadway song! Instruction by Tracy McDowell, a Broadway performer, featured in MOTOWN, RENT, Whiskeyland, Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera, Jawbreaker Regional, Snapshots, Rock of Ages, The Full Monty, Hair, and Godspell. She is also a teaching artist having taught around the world, including Korea, Japan, South Africa, NYC, California, and of course, Whitefish MT.

Intro to Scuba Diving – (Ages 10+) Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? This PADI-certified facility will privately introduce the scuba basics in a controlled pool environment. *This is not a certification course, it is only an introduction to diving*-  The cost for this activity is $110 per person.

Junior Golf Camp – (Ages 5-11) Junior Golf Camp is designed for beginner golfers to learn to improve their golf game under the instruction of the Iron Horse Golf Professionals.  For the first time, Camp Iron Horse and Junior Golf Camp will be collaborating for this event.
Drop-off and Pick-up at the Practice Facility. Cost for this activity is $250/Member

Junior Tennis Camp – (Ages 5-13) Join Coach Mark Schleif and his team for some fun on the courts. This camp is designed for all abilities, beginner through advanced.  Whether you want to improve your technique, or just simply want to learn tennis, there are plenty of rewards, friendships, and prizes to be made on the court. Snacks Provided.
Drop-off and Pick-up at the Larkspur Pool. Cost for this activity is $80/ per person

Rock Climbing – (Ages 7+) Ready for a rewarding challenge?  Join RockClimbMT with a day defying gravity along picturesque rock faces.  All climbing and safety gear is provided.  Athletic clothing required. No previous rock climbing experience is necessary.

Rocket Rally – (Ages 5+) STEM for Flathead Valley Schools will introduce campers to Newton’s three laws of motion through rocket science. Younger campers will create canisters and stop rockets while older campers (11+) will create water bottle rockets. Campers will get to test and compete in the Rocket Rally during the lateral end of camp. Spectators are encouraged to join and cheer on our campers. The Rocket Rally will be held on the event lawn at Fish Camp at 3:00 pm. Categories of competition include the highest flight and best brand design.

Sport Triangular – (Ages 8+) The Sport Triangular is a 3 sport competitive day consisting of Golf and Tennis followed by cooling off in the pool with structured Pool Games.  Each participant will get a chance to compete against their peers under the supervision and guidance of Iron Horse professionals. Players will need to bring their own golf clubs (If their clubs are stored at the cart barn then we can transport them to and from the pool).  All other equipment will be provided.
Drop-off and Pick-up at the Larkspur Pool.

The Great Harvest – (Ages 4+) At Purple Frog Gardens their garlic harvest is in full swing and you will help them finish up the project. We’ll pull the garlic out of the ground, ‘hank’ it up, and hang it in our barn to dry for the season. You will learn about how garlic grows and is used. To help counter garlic’s strong taste, we’ll harvest small bunches of mint for you to take home to nibble on or make tea. We’ll round out the day with a farm scavenger hunt for items to use to make a pizza in their outdoor pizza oven. You’ll take home a few bulbs of  garlic and a bunch of mint.

Waterslides – (Ages 4+) Cool off by zipping down one of the ten slides at Big Sky Water Park, hangout in the large whirlpool, join a game of beach volleyball, or play a quick round of miniature golf.

Whitewater RaftingFeel the rush and adventure as we hit the Middle Fork’s class II-III rapids with Glacier Rafting Co.
Age/weight restrictions apply depending upon water levels. Shoes with a back strap are required, otherwise rental shoes of $3 are required.

Water Sports on Whitefish Lake – Campers ages 4 to 8 on Mondays and ages 9+ on Tuesdays. Jump on the boat and join the Iron Horse Marina staff for a fun time wake surfing and tubing around Whitefish Lake! 

You-Kulele – (Ages 4+) North Valley Music School will spend the day teaching campers how to play the ukulele while playing musical games.

Evening Camps

Basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – (Ages 7+) This Brazilian form of mixed martial arts emphasizes mutual respect, strength, coordination, as well as encouraging kids to stay calm while diffusing stressful situations from the ground.  Instruction by SBG Martial Arts Whitefish.  Athletic clothing required.

Bingo Night – (Ages 4+) Campers will spend the evening playing the classic game of Bingo while earning prizes along the way.

Bowling – (Ages 4+) Strike or gutter…you will be sure to laugh at Whitefish’s Pin and Cue.

Canvas & Cookies – (Ages 4+) Join us for a guided painting class of Montana Landscape.  They will end up with an 11×14″ canvas at the end of the night they can take home and learn some fun, basic painting skills along the way.

Fluid Art Workshop – (Ages 6+) In this workshop, students will experience a fluid art technique called the Flip Cup. This is a workshop that is super fun, super messy, and the canvases always turn out beautifully! Although aprons will be provided, participants should wear clothes that may get dirty.

Gymnastics – (Ages 4+) Join Flathead Gymnastics at their large indoor venue for a fun night improving strength, balance, and flexibility.

Home Run Derby – (Ages 4+) Hosted by Coach Jerry, this game is just like the good ol’ batting cage, but with outfielders. Score points for home runs when batting and catches when fielding.  Points will be added up at the end of the evening to see who the winner is.  We will be hitting tennis balls so no mitts or helmets are required.  Bring a mitt if you have one!

Intro to Hockey – (Ages 4+) Campers will lace up their skates at the Stumptown Ice Den where a local instructor will take campers through basic drills to teach campers how to skate, play hockey and gain confidence on the ice. Skates, sticks, pucks, and helmets will be provided free of charge. If campers have their own skates, sticks, or helmets they’re encouraged to bring those to camp with them.  

Intro to Mindfulness and Yoga – (Ages 4+) Wind down and find the calm with Cecily Smith, an instructor for I Love Yoga Studio, located here in Whitefish. Cecily has a background in teaching yoga for over 5+ years. She encourages students to be curious and playful during classes and always intends that they leave with newfound awareness and knowledge in their bodies and mind. In this specifically designed kids course, campers will incorporate mindfulness tactics, yoga basics. *Athletic clothing required.

Laser Tag – (Ages 6+) Similar to paintball but this game of strategy comes without the pain of getting hit.  Campers will be led through differing games like capture-the-flag and last-man-standing through a wooded area in Whitefish. Please wear closed-toe athletic shoes, a long sleeve shirt and long pants. Campers are encouraged to wear camo!

Mosaic Bear – (Ages 4+) Campers will be working on a precut wood bear shape, kids will layout and adhere to their mosaic designs.  This can be taken home the same day. Cookies & juice will be served. Hosted by Stumptown Art Studio. 

Movie Night – (Ages 4+) Sit back and enjoy a film with some good o’ popcorn. Moves are TBD and will be a G or PG-rated film located at Kalispell Theater or Fish Camp.

Range Riders Game – (Ages 4+) Join us for an evening at the ballpark cheering on Flathead Valleys’ family-friendly independent minor league baseball team. Campers are encouraged to bring their baseball mitt if they have one

Scavenger Hunt – (Ages 4+) – Coach Jerry hosts a fun scavenger hunt that will test your problem-solving skills while using teamwork to follow a series of clues to complete the hunt.

Soccer with Coach Jerry – Coach Jerry kicks off the night with a soccer clinic which will make you run back for more. Goal!

Things in Space That Can Hurt You – (Ages 4+) Campers will discuss the nature of the Solar System and the things in it that could hurt you. We will discuss comets, asteroids, meteors, and moons. What are they made of, where they come from, and how they were formed. After the lecture, the campers will have an opportunity to handle and closely examine actual METEORITES from the state’s largest collection! Don’t miss this opportunity to handle and smell (Yes they do have a scent) real space rocks. This camp will be hosted by STEM for Flathead Valley Schools.

Topographical Map Workshop – (Ages 4+) In this workshop participants will be introduced to topographical maps, artists who make work inspired by these maps, and then collage their own topographical maps. Kalico Art Center will be hosting this workshop at their studio.

Weird Science – (Ages 4+)

  • July 12th States of Matter STEM for Flathead Valley Schools will come and teach campers about the 4 states of matter with amazing experiments and demonstrations with a little help from the audience. Do you know what happens to a banana when it’s frozen with liquid nitrogen? Come to camp to find out!
  • August 2nd ElectricitySTEM with Flathead Valley Schools will come and cover the nature of electricity, what it is, and why it can be dangerous. Demonstrations will be used to illustrate each of the key elements. Lightning, static electricity, conductors, and insulators will be a few of the demonstrations campers will get to enjoy. 

Woodworking – (Ages 4+) In this workshop, we will use wood to build miniature architectural models. Participants will think about their dream climate to live in and design a building that fits their chosen environment. Kalico Art Center will be hosting this workshop at their studio.

Zoo Mystery Party – (Ages 6+) An exciting scavenger hunt-style non-murder mystery party game. The game includes a fun scavenger hunt in round one and ends with an exciting challenge to find Garry Gator – the notorious prankster!

  • Zoo Mystery Party Synopsis: Oh no! Garry Gator is at it again!  The prankster escaped from the swamp exhibit last night! He released five zoo animals and hid them in secret locations! After the night of mischief, he’s back in his swampy exhibit, fast asleep and refusing to talk.  Before he drifted off to dreamland, he slipped a note under Andie Mall’s door in the main zookeeper’s office!  Garry Gator said there are riddles to solve to figure out which animals are hidden and where!  The staff of the Oceanside Zoo needs to hurry and find the animals and get them back in their exhibits before it’s time to open the zoo!