Camp Iron Horse

COVID-19 – Letter to Families – updated July 10
Download the 2020 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 Counselors:
Our counselors are responsible, caring and highly qualified. All are trained in First Aid and CPR.

Camp Iron Horse Enrollment Policy:
Camp Iron Horse is available exclusively to Iron Horse members. Members may email Rebecca Fredenberg or call Outdoor Pursuits at 406-863-3006 to enroll children in any of the camp activities. Members may also stop by Fish Camp Lodge to enroll in person.

Each camper must have a completed current enrollment form on file before they can participate in camp activities. Enrollment forms are always on hand at parent drop-off. Please allow time prior to the first activity your camper is enrolled in to fill out an enrollment form.

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 a 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:
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, lunch, drinks & snacks – $80

*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.

Reservations for camp may be requested no earlier than two weeks
prior to the requested camp’s date.

Enrollment will open at 9am daily.
Please email Rebecca at rfredenberg@ironhorsemt.com to enroll.

Thank you for your versatility and empathy in adjusting to our 2020 Camp Iron Horse policies.  As you all know, the earliest we will accept camp reservations are at 9 am, 14 days prior to the requested camp activity.  Campers are then added to the roster by the order that our email provider delivers them to us.  Over the past week, we have had numerous emails all time-stamped at 9 am.  As the 9 am requests are now starting to exceed our capacity for camp, it has become clear that we once again need to make a minor adjustment so that our members are not penalized due to technology out of their control.  

Effective Saturday, July 11th (which would allow for registration of camps on Saturday, July 25th), we will be taking all emails and phone calls that arrive at 9 am and IF we have more requests than available positions, a lottery system will be established.  Siblings will be kept together for the lottery.  If we have one spot left, a family will have the choice of having one or neither of their children attend that camp.  

Please read this with a kind heart and know that we are doing everything we can to follow state and local guidelines for safety, as well as creating equal opportunities for our youngest members. 

Hey there Campers!

My name is Becca Fredenberg and I am the Activities Coordinator for Camp Iron Horse.

My love of exploration has navigated into our camp and we have quite a few new summer activities such as; Aloha Montana, Amazing Crepes, Fly Tying 101, Jiu-Jitsu, Kids’ Yoga and Art, Native Blackfeet Crafts and Games, Soccer with Coach Jerry, Ravenwood-Nature and Survival Days, What a Hoot!, The Fort-Dodgeball, and Olympic Games. Please view the 2020 Camp Calendar below to see more of our planned adventures!

The best part of my job is to create long-lasting memories through Camp Iron Horse. Seeing the excitement and joy in our campers’ faces before and after camp, the friendships that blossom from the summer, and the hugs goodbye on their last day of vacation- we become a family.

Our camp counselors say hello, and are excited to bring their energy, imagination and more importantly their friendships back this summer!

We look forward to seeing and meeting you all soon!

Becca

Camp Iron Horse Activity Descriptions

Day Camps

Aloha Montana! – 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 – A popular outdoor center hosting many activities such as, miniature golf, bumper boats, go-carts and the Glacier Maze!  Wear or bring swimsuit as the bumper boats certainly will get your clothes SOAKED.

Fairy Gardens and Folf – Campers spend the morning creating a fairy or gnome wonderland, made from flowers, rocks, and other magical necessities. Then spend the day with some well needed fresh air and learn the art of Frisbee golf.

Finger Lake Hike – Enjoy an easy 4 mile round trip hike into the Lebeau State Forest just north of Whitefish. This serene lake is a camp favorite for swimming, so bring swim attire for a rewarding dip.

Frisbee Golf & Waterpark – Spend the day throwing discs on a professional Frisbee Golf Course and cooling off at Woodland Waterpark’s lazy river and waterslides.

Horseback Riding  –  Campers (7+ years) will join the wranglers at Swan Mountain Outfitters for a scenic trail ride near West Glacier.

Intro to Scuba Diving – 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*- Campers must be at least 10 years of age.  Cost for this activity is $110 per person.

Junior Golf Camp – This camp is designed for beginner golfers to learn or improve their golf game under the instruction of the Iron Horse Golf Professionals.  Contact the Pro Shop 863- 3118 to enroll. $250 per member, $300 per guest.

Junior Tennis Camp, Day 1 & 2 – Enjoy either one or both days of instruction from our Director of Tennis, Mark Schleif. 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 and friendships to be made on the court.

Native Blackfeet Crafts and Games – The Hockaday Museum honors the culture and history of Montana’s Native Blackfeet Tribe through fun interactive games and presentations. Campers will spend the day learning traditional games and creating native inspired crafts and toys.

Ravenwood Nature Days, 1 & 2 – Day 1 (4+ years): Campers will play nature-based games as well as games of balance and awareness, and spend unstructured time by creeks fishing, building forts, finding worms, and building dams and bridges in the water. Day 2 (6+ years) Survival Skills Olympics. We will have organized activity stations such as making miniature (but functional!) shelters, making string from natural materials, knot tying, one-match fire making, boiling water in a paper cup, edible plant ID challenge games, and more!

Rock Climbing – Ready for a rewarding challenge?  Alongside a knowledgeable and trusted guide you will learn how to safely defy gravity by climbing up steep rock faces.  All climbing and safety gear is provided.  Campers (7+ years) No previous rock climbing experience is necessary.

Sport Triangular – 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. Campers must be at least 8 years of age. Drop-off and Pick-up at the Larkspur Pool.

Stanton Lake Hike – This 4.3 mile round trip hike is moderately trafficked and located in the Flathead National Forest. It is perfect for all ages and the reward is breathtaking. Campers will enjoy having lunch, skipping rocks and experiencing nature while swimming in a backcountry lake.

Waterslides – 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.

What a Hoot! – Get a close view to a wide selection of native birds recovered by Montana Wild Wings. Spend the day learning about an array of owl, hawk, and falcons.

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 is 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!

Evening Camps

Amazing Crepes – Bonjour! Campers will get a hands-on tutorial on the art of crêpe making from Whitefish’s very own, Amazing Crepes Restaurant. It’s sure to be a crepe time!

Art Studio – 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 very same day.

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

The Fort – Dodgeball – Campers will get exclusive indoor access to Kalispell’s, “The Fort” and get to play the classic game Dodgeball as well as other classic indoor ball games.

Fly Tying 101 – Kim Short with Flathead Women on the Fly, as well as Trout Unlimited will spend the evening going over fly tying basics. Get hooked on fly tying! Campers will get to create their very own flies to take home. “There is no greater fan of fly-fishing than a worm.”

Frisbee Golf – Spend the night throwing discs on a professional Frisbee Golf Courts

Gymnastics – Join Flathead Gymnastics for a fun night improving strength, balance, and flexibility.

Ice Skating – Cool off in the middle of summer by skimming along smooth ice!  Be sure to bring layers (gloves, hat, long-sleeved jacket and paints). 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.

Jiu-Jitsu – 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.

Kickball – Kick run, and throw the ball as our camp counselors bring on the energy for this classic game.

Kids Yoga and Art – Wind down with, Love Yoga Studio in this specifically designed kids’ yoga course which will incorporate yoga basics with a fun art project to take home.

Laser Tag– 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!) Campers must be at least 6 years of age.

Movie Night – Movies are TBD and will be located at Kalispell’s movie theatre. So sit back and enjoy a film with some good ol’ popcorn.

Olympic Games – Go for the gold! The 2020 Summer Olympics arrive to Camp Iron Horse.  Let the Olympic themed games begin!

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