Camp Iron Horse

Camp Iron Horse Enrollment Policy

Enrollment for Camp Iron Horse 2021 will open at 9am MDT on Monday, May 24th.  This is the Monday after the Horse Out of the Barn.  At that time, you are free to enroll for the entire summer.  Please send any reservations on that day via email to Rebecca Fredenberg at
Any reservations made after May 24th 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
  • Name of Primary Member (if Extended Family)
  • Age of Camper (as of June 14th, 2021)
  • Phone number of parent / guardians

All confirmed reservations for Summer 2021 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.

2021 Camp Iron has ended.
Stay tuned for the 2022 summer calendar…

Download the 2021 Camp Calendar
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COVID and Camp
Final COVID rules have not yet been finalized, but as of today, here is what we can confirm.  We will follow all CDC and City of Whitefish requirements.  These requirements are subject to change.

  • Masks will be always required when Campers and counselors are in vehicles. There is no exception to this policy.  The ability to physically distance in vehicles will be practiced as much as possible, but on very full days, will not be an option.
  • Masks will be required while indoors at Fish Camp and when asked of us by our independent vendors for Camp. If your child has a favorite mask that they want to bring, please send it with them. If not, we will have masks on hand for our Campers to utilize.
  • If your child is feeling unwell prior to the start of that day’s camp, please practice courtesy and keep them home. Likewise, at any point during Camp if a Camper starts to feel unwell, we will call a parent to come and pick their child up.
  • Other COVID policies, announcements and restrictions will be communicated in a timely manner.

We are looking forward to a wonderful camp experience for 2021 and are looking forward to having your children back at Camp Iron Horse.

Camp Iron Horse Counselors

Camp Iron Horse Counselors

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

  • Millie Espeseth

  • Bennett McChesney

  • Cadie Williams

  • Olivia Mohatt

  • Dylan Leese

  • Cooper Stein

  • Selena Ikeda

Download the 2021 Camp Enrollment Form

Dear Campers and Families,

Our summer mission is to continue nurturing a safe, positive, and fun experience, so at the end of the day- kids can be kids.

Like many of you, I have been drawn to this beautiful part of the country, and am happy to call this valley home.  Prior to life with my husband and son, I travelled through 7 continents as a published photographer, and spent years working as an EMT on the ambulances in Oklahoma and Texas.

I have filtered this love of people, places, and constant learning through every camp. This summer we have a number of new camp activities which I am excited to share with you.  The best part of my job is seeing the excitement and joy on our campers’ faces before and after camp, and witnessing the friendships that continue to blossom.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for your children and will continue to follow the State and local guidelines regarding Covid-19.

We look forward to seeing and meeting you all soon!

All our best,

Becca Fredenberg, Activities Coordinator

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


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

Day Camps

Ahoy Montana!–  (ages 4+) North Valley Music School brings aboard a pirate influence. Spend the day learning how to play the ukulele and other musical instruments, while playing musical games, and pirate themed fun. arrgh!

Aloha Montana! – (ages 4+) North Valley Music School brings the islands to Camp Iron Horse. Spend the day learning how to play the ukulele with musical games, and more island inspired fun.

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 boats certainly will get your clothes soaked!

Candyland – (ages 4+) Journey with Camp Iron Horse into the life size magical world of Candyland.  Campers will hop to each color tile while discovering prizes along the way.

Cooking with Chef Jake – (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.

Fairy Gardens & Gnome Homes – (ages 4+) Spend the day on a magical quest as we create fairy and gnome wonderlands. Pixie dust provided.

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.

Grow With Me – (ages 4+) On the farm with Purple Frog Gardens. We’ll talk about seeds and how they multiply with each generation.  Campers will be able to make ‘seed paper’ that will germinate and grow when planted.  Spend part of the day picking/eating raspberries and strawberries from our garden.  Round out the day with a farm scavenger hunt for items to use in the pizza that we’ll heat in our outdoor oven.  Campers will take home seed paper, some herb seeds and a flower bouquet.

Helping Hands – (ages 4+) 1 in 3 people depending on food from our North Valley Food Bank are under the age of 18. Camp Iron Horse wants to help alleviate that. Campers will spend the morning assisting with loading food from The Iron Horse Food Drive ( located at Fish Camp), followed by a tour of the NVFB Warehouse ( no food recipients will be present this day). The rest of the afternoon will be spent in the sunshine followed by a trip to Sweet Peaks Ice Cream.

Honey Bee Mine – (ages 4+) On the farm with Purple Frog Gardens. Campers will explore the plants and insects around us while learning about pollinators and their important role in helping to grow the food we eat. Harvest rhubarb and make a refreshing drink in the outdoor kitchen. Round out the day with a farm scavenger hunt for items to use in the pizza for the outdoor pizza oven. Campers will take home a pint of honey, some flower seeds and a small flower bouquet. It is sure to bee a sweet time!

Horseback Riding & Amazing Fun Center – (ages 7+) Campers 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 Theatre Part 1 & 2  – (ages 4+) While at this two day event, campers will play acting games, learn vocal warm-ups, and learn a Broadway song to perform for parents on the final night! 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*- 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

Natural Discovery at Dickey Lake – (ages 4+) Campers will get hands-on experience led by Casey Fuson owner and educator at Earthstone Pottery on how to create Goldsworthy’s inspired temporary works of art from the natural world.  A focus on texture, shape, and colors will give new meaning to these foundational concepts in art. Campers are encouraged to bring swimwear for time in the lake.

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.

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+) On the farm with Purple Frog Gardens. Our garlic harvest will be in full swing.  We’ll pull 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 in the pizza we’ll make in our outdoor pizza oven.  Campers will take home a few bulbs of garlic and a bunch of mint.  *This camp is not recommended for vampires.*

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 Rafting – Feel 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!

Yeehaw Montana! – (ages 4+) North Valley Music School ropes in a cowboy influence. Spend the day learning how to play the ukulele and other musical instruments, while playing musical games, and cowboy/cowgirl themed fun.

Evening Camps

Art Studio – (ages 4+) Stumptown Art Studio presents an exclusive theme of, “Montana!” Campers will get to work on varying Montana themed projects which they will bring home the same day.

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.

Blooming Buds – (ages 4+) April Vomfell of Flathead Farmworks invites Camp Iron Horse into her floral oasis. Campers will enjoy learning about local flora, the importance of pollinators and insects as well as bringing home a handpicked bouquet.

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

“En Plein Air” hosted by (KALICO Art Center) – (ages 4+) Join us for Plein Air Painting that will be inspired by the beautiful scenery around Whitefish Lake. In this “in the open air” painting class students will create a watercolor painting amidst the fresh mountain air and views of Whitefish Lake.

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

Hip Hop and Movement – (ages 4+) Meredith Patterson brings her extensive Broadway and Hollywood experience to host a unique Hip Hop and Movement course.  From working alongside Dame Julie Andrews to coaching dance to Channing Tatum, her love of this art expression will continue for our campers this summer.

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!

Ice Skating – (ages 4+) Cool off in the middle of summer by skimming along smooth ice!  Be sure to bring layers (gloves, hat, long-sleeved jacket and pants). Helmets are strongly suggested, however they are not available to rent.  We encourage campers to bring their ski or bike helmet to wear while skating.

Intro to Mindfulness, Yoga, and Art – (ages 4+) Wind down and find the calm with Taylor Steene, an instructor for, I Love Yoga Studio, located here in Whitefish. In this specifically designed kids’ course, campers will incorporate mindfulness tactics, yoga basics as well as a fun art project to take home.

Laser Tag – (ages 6+) Similar to paintball but this game of strategy comes without the pain of getting hit.  Campers will be lead 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!)

Movie Night – (ages 4+) Join us every Tuesday for a (PG or G) film.  Movies are TBD and will be located at either Whitefish or Kalispell’s movie theatre. So sit back and enjoy a film with some good ol’ popcorn. If the theatre is not available another activity will be substituted.

Woodworking (Sculptures) KALICO Art Center – Let nature be your guide in this sculpture class. Participants will use a variety of different sizes and shapes of wood and create a landscape collage that represents their beautiful surroundings.  Campers will partake in this course while overlooking Whitefish Lake.

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

Special Events

4th of July Extravaganza

Join us for Fish Camp’s 4th of July Extravaganza from 11-2pm. This event will combine themes from our past years’ July 3rd celebration and our July 4th Carnival into one fun-filled afternoon.  Enjoy classic BBQ and music with the option to partake in activities such as; an inflatable obstacle course, bounce-house and face-painting.  The day would be amiss without our annual pie eating contest, ducky race, and fishing derby with prizes to boot.

Please remember to RSVP to Becca Fredenberg 406.863.3020

Teen Tuesday (ages 13-17)
Have some pizza and join Coach Jerry as he hosts various themed events for our Iron Horse Teens.

  • July 6th Soccer– Teens will get to work on soccer drills while playing many different games. Bring your cleats and shin guards if you have them.
  • July 13th Scavenger Hunt– Join in a scavenger hunt that will test your problem-solving skills while using teamwork to follow a series of clues to complete the hunt.
  • July 27th Home Run Derby– 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.  You may want to bring a mitt if you have one!

Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Pick up and drop off at Fish Camp (teens will be shuttled to off-site activity)
Contact Outdoor Pursuits for enrollment at 406.863.3006 or

Fish Camp Food Drive

1 in 3 people depending on food from our North Valley Food Bank are under the age of 18. Camp Iron Horse wants to help alleviate that.  Starting June 21st- July 1st we will be accepting donations for the North Valley Food Bank.  Simply drop off your items upstairs at Fish Camp (110 Woodland Star Circle).

Below is a list of items that are in need.

  • Gluten Free Items
  • Shelf-stable Items like Cereal, Oatmeal, Peanut butter, Jelly, Canned Tuna/Salmon/Chicken, Rice, Canned Beans, and Canned Soup/Chili/Stew.
  • Baby Items including Baby Food, Diapers, and Wipes
  • Personal Care Items like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, tampons & sanitary pads