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. Additional age requirements are noted in the calendar and activity descriptions.

Hello, Campers!
Like many of you, I have been called to the mountains, all the way from Dallas, Texas.  My background as a professional nanny, EMT, and adventurer has made it a natural transition as the Activities Coordinator here at Iron Horse. My love of people and places led me through all seven continents, and it is this love of learning and exploration that I hope to instill in our campers.
Join us on the adventure as we explore mountain bike trails, rafting through rivers, mountain climbing, horseback riding, and so much more. Most of all, I hope that Camp Iron Horse can help you to build friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.   Stay tuned for our 2019 Camp Calendar, and I look forward to meeting you all this summer!
Best Regards,
Rebecca  Fredenberg
Download the 2018 Camp Calendar
Download the 2018 Camp Enrollment Form

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.


Day Camps

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, and closed toed shoes are required.

The Amazing Fun Center – This place has miniature golf, bumper boats, go-carts and the Glacier Maze! After the Fun Center Campers may go to nearby Lion Lake to hang out and relax.  Wear or bring swimsuit as the bumper boats certainly will get your clothes SOAKED.

Fish Hatchery – Curious about Montana fish? Spend the day learning about the beautiful Brook Trout, enjoy a nature walk, and partake in several hands on art, music, and craft activities the Creston Fish Hatchery.  This event is hosted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and all ages are welcome.

Hike- Finger Lake – a beautiful and serene lake located in the Lebeau State Forest just north of Whitefish. The hike is 4 miles round trip so please be prepared for walking the entire trek. Once at the lake there’s a place to swim if one chooses, so wear your swim gear under your hiking outfit.

Horseback Ride – If Toby Keith’s song “I should’ve been a cowboy” comes to mind, then you’re in the right place. 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. Closed toed shoes are required.

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.

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 and closed toed shoes are required.

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 and closed toed shoes are required.

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.

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.

Stonehenge Aviation Museum and Lake Day – Splash into the turquoise waters of Dickie Lake and enjoy a picnic lunch beachside. After lunch we takeoff for a private tour of Stonehenge Air Museum with a life-size replica of the Stonehenge.

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.

Whitewater Rafting – Feel the rush and adventure as we hit the Middle Fork’s class II-III rapids with Glacier Rafting Co.

Age 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 for 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

Art Studio – Get creative at Stumptown Art Studio while having fun painting pottery, or working on mixed media art…something all ages can enjoy.

Bowling – Strike or gutter…you will be sure to laugh at the bowling alley.

Craft Night – Time goes by fast, so we thought it would be fun to create a present for the future (Time capsule). Join us as we freeze time with photos, notes, memories and art, something all ages will enjoy.  If you’re a fan of mermaids or dragons this craft night is for you! Imagination and creativity combine when we create dragon and/or mermaid eggs. Jewels, shells, scales and more…using clay we help mold your kid’s imagination with this fun keepsake.

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.

Ninja Warrior – Leap, balance, climb, and have fun being a ninja for the night. Join Dan Holguin, a 2x competitor for NBC’s American Ninja Warrior as he coaches the skills to be a ninja.  (7+ years)

Flathead Gymnastics – “At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day.” – Simone Biles – Learn some of the skills of becoming a gymnast. Jump, swing, balance, and have fun! No previous experience required.

Intro to Hockey – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”- Wayne Gretzky – Join us for a fun private event for boys and girls (no experience needed) learning the skills to skate, pass, shoot, and maintain puck control.

Ice SkatingStumptown 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.

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

Movie Night – With all our camp activities, sometimes it’s good to relax and enjoy a new-release (PG or G) movie. So sit back and enjoy a theatre film with some good ol’ popcorn.

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 to 14 feet high.  This climbing gym has something for all abilities and ages including a small kid boulder with a slide.  This gym is specifically for bouldering and includes a nine inch pad floor, so no roped climbs for this place.

World Cup Soccer – Whether you are new to soccer or have played on teams before, our camp counselors create a soccer night that will make you want to score!

Special Events:

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 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.