Camp Iron Horse
Camp Iron Horse Overview
Camp Iron Horse Creed:
Camp Iron Horse is designed to offer fun and educational activities for children and teenagers 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 various fields as well as First Aid and CPR.
Camp Iron Horse Enrollment Policy:
You may email or call Outdoor Pursuits at 406-863-3006 to enroll in any of the camp activities. You can 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. The age requirements are noted in the calendar and activity descriptions.
Greetings Campers! My name is Kathleen Steele and I am the Activities Coordinator. I am originally from Colorado and, like many of you, came to Whitefish and fell in love with its beauty and charm. I decided that this was where I wanted to call home and raise my family. I feel very fortunate to live, work and play here. Planning and implementing Camp Iron Horse allows me to combine my love for children with my passion for the outdoors and adventure. It is my goal to help create a memorable camp that encompasses the many great facets that Northwest Montana has to offer.
Speaking of memories, I hope this coming summer is full of them. Please take time to view the 2017 Camp Calendar. You will see some of camp’s tried and true favorites like Whitewater Rafting, Waterslides, Paintball and Horseback Riding. You will also see some new activities added to the mix such as Laser Tag, Indoor Climbing Gym and an Overnight in Glacier National Park. Along with many outdoor adventure activities there are also plenty of camps focused on athletics; most Mondays you can participate in a Kids’ Triangular, which combines Iron Horse’s own golf, tennis and swimming; most Mondays and Tuesdays is Water Sports on Whitefish Lake, where you can try wakesurfing or tubing.
Soon enough summer will be here and I look forward to catching up with all the familiar campers and families along with meeting some new faces too. Until then, take care.
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
Campout: Includes activity, dinner, breakfast, drinks & snacks – $120
Glacier Park Campout at Big Creek: includes transportation, activities & meals – $175
*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.
2017 CAMP IRON HORSE ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS
Water Sports on Whitefish Lake for Campers Ages 4 to 7 on Mondays and Ages 8+ on Tuesdays – Jump on the boat and join the Iron Horse Marina staff for a fun few hours of wake surfing and tubing around Whitefish Lake!
Aerial Adventure Park – Similar to a high ropes course, this activity lets you test both your physical and mental strength as you navigate obstacles among the treetops. There are different courses with varying difficulties, from crossing suspended bridges to swinging on a trapeze. Whatever course you choose you will first go through a safety presentation and be fitted with a harness. Campers must be at least 7 years of age
The Amazing Fun Center – This place has miniature golf, bumper boats, go-carts and the Glacier Maze! After the Fun Center Campers will go to nearby Lion Lake to hang out and relax. Wear or bring swimsuit as the bumper boats certainly will get your clothes SOAKED.
Frisbee Golf & Water Park– Have fun with your pals while playing the 18 hole Frisbee golf course at Lawrence Park in Kalispell. Whether this would be your first time playing or your hundredth…you’ll have a great time taking a stroll in the park and throwing disks. Along the course the counselors will be there playing and teaching you the rules of this laidback game. Bring your swimsuit because afterwards we will swim and play at Kalispell’s Water Park. No previous experience is required.
Mountain Biking – Whether your bike has never seen a dirt path or that’s the only way you ride, come join Camp Iron Horse for the day. You will ride with a qualified mountain bike instructor gathering tips and tricks as well as experiencing and exploring local mountain bike terrain. Bring your swimwear too as you will get to bike out to a small serene lake where paddle boards will be ready for you to hop on. Space is limited so sign-up early. Camp rate does NOT include bike rental. If you are in need of a bike rental please let us know when you sign-up. No previous experience is required. **Novice and Expert riders are welcome as the group is divided by ability.** Campers must be at least 8 years of age.
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. No previous rock climbing experience is necessary. Campers must be at least 7 years of age to participate.
Horseback Ride – Put on your cowboy hat, jeans and boots (or at least closed-toed shoes) and join the wranglers at Swan Mountain Outfitters for a scenic trail ride near West Glacier. Along with the trail ride (7+ years), or corral ride (4 to 6 years) campers will also get to enjoy The Crown of the Continent Learning Center which houses many Montana ranch animals that would love to be petted.
Whitewater Rafting or Scenic Float – Take on the Middle Fork’s class II-III whitewater rapids with an experienced guide or for a more mellow ride lay back and enjoy a float down river all the while enjoying the stunning view of Glacier National Park. Age restrictions apply depending upon water levels.
Waterslides – Is the summer heat getting to you? 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.
Sport Triangular – The Sport Triangular is a 2 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.
Junior Tennis Camp, Day 1 & 2 – Enjoy just one or both days of tennis instruction from Tim Brueggeman. This camp is designed for all abilities, beginner through advance. Whether you want to improve your forehand, backhand, serves, volleys, or simply want to learn how to play tennis. Campers must be at least 6 years of age.
Science in Glacier National Park– Spend the day doing hands-on experiments in the great outdoors. You will be exploring under the instruction of teachers at Glacier Institute at the Big Creek Campus located in the wild and scenic North Fork area of the Flathead River adjacent to Glacier National Park. Please call Outdoor Pursuits to learn more about what the day’s focus will be.
Art Studio – Campers will tap into their creative side at the Stumptown Art Studio. Please call Outdoor Pursuits to learn more about what the evening’s craft will be (a few of the options are: paint-your-own-pottery; canvas painting; glass-fused sun-catcher)
Bowling – Strike! Come and enjoy pizza with friends followed by a night of bowling.
Dodgeball – Standard Dodgeball is a team-oriented game where two competing teams try to outlast the other by “dodging” the balls thrown by the other team. After a few rounds campers will then play All-Ball and other variations of Dodgeball or any other sport that the crew wishes to play.
Pool Party – Cool off with your Iron Horse pals at an evening pool party. Whether you and your friends decide to play a fun game of water volleyball, sharks and minnows, or marco polo you will certainly have a good time splashing the night away. Drop-off and Pick-up at the Larkspur Pool.
Holt Stage Hideaway – This evening is geared for our younger campers where they can have a ball jumping in one of the many bounce houses, playing mini golf, and enjoying the many assorted outdoor farm and cowboy-themed games. Campers must be between the ages of 4 and 9.
Flathead Gymnastics – It’s time to have a private party at Flathead Gymnastics Academy. You can jump, flip, swing, balance and play under the supervision of gymnastics professionals and counselors! No previous gymnastics experience is required.
Paintball – Do you have the skills necessary to conquer your peers in this game of strategy, agility and instinct? If so, remember to wear closed-toe athletic shoes, a long sleeve shirt and long pants. The vendor will provide the arena, the guns, the ammo and protective gear. Campers must be at least 8 years of age.
Ice Skating –Stumptown Ice Rink is open in the summer, which means we get to cool off in the middle of summer by skimming along smooth ice! No ice skating experience is necessary. 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.
Movie Night – Out to the movies. We will enjoy a new-release (PG or G) movie at the theatre and of course we will order some popcorn!
Bingo Night – B-I-N-G-O at Fish Camp! Test your luck at bingo, winners will not leave empty handed! If you’ve had enough of bingo we will move onto other popular games, such as: UNO, Monopoly, Twister and Jenga
Laser Tag – Similar to Paintball but this game of strategy comes without the pain of getting hit. The laser tag game is located on a partially wooded field and campers will be lead through differing games like capture-the-flag and last-man-standing. Please wear closed-toe athletic shoes, a long sleeve shirt and long pants. Campers must be at least 7 years of age.
Indoor Rock Bouldering Gym – Looking to refine your Spiderman skills? If so, tonight is for you. A guide will teach campers how to scale climbing walls, some up to14 feet high. This climbing gym has something for all abilities and ages including a small kid boulder with a slide. This is strictly a bouldering gym and has a nine inch pad floor. There are no roped climbs.
Fish Camp 3rd of July BBQ (time: noon-3 pm)-A fun family event located at Fish Camp. Kids will enjoy multiple competitive events including: The Fishing Derby, Ducky Race and the Limbo Contest. Of course the day would not be complete without Youth and Adult Divisions of Iron Horse’s own rendition of a Pie-Eating Contest.
4th of July Carnival -After the Club BBQ bring the family over to the Carnival on the event lawn. Carnival games, inflatable bounce-houses, a face-paint booth and carnival food are provided to help the time go by before fireworks light up the sky.
Glacier Park Overnight
Glacier Park Overnight in the Cabins at Big Creek – There is no better way to soak up the vast wilderness of NW Montana than an overnight in Glacier National Park. With the help of Glacier Institute this campout will certainly be a highlight of the summer. While at the Big Creek campus campers will experience the outdoors through fun team building games, a beautiful hike and campfire stories. They will sleep in the cabins and awake to scrumptious breakfast before heading home.