Great Beginnings is a nature-based Summer Day Camp for ages 2 - 11. Campers are placed in camps with children of a similar age in a coed group.
Camp starts each day at 7:45am and ends at 3:15pm. Please plan to drop-off by 9:30am. Extended hours (Camp Cool-down) from 3:15 until 5:00pm are available.
There are 10-weeks of programming. Weeks are from Monday – Thursday. There is no camp on Friday.
All children are welcome and campers do not need to have previously attended a Montessori program.
All camps have drop-off and pick-up at the Springhill location: 100 Springhill Lane.
All camps have Bike Day each Thursday. Please pick-up/ drop-off your child's bike and helmet. Please note: Yurt Camp will have pick-up/ drop-off each Thursday Bike Day at the Bogart Park pavilion.
2020 All Camps: Ages, Times and Location
Summer Camp Fees
$235 per camper for members, $245 per camper for non-members
Camp Cool down/ Aftercare: $10 day/or $25 week
Members: Enrolled GBMS students, alumni GBMS students, alumni summer campers
Limited scholarship funds are available for summer camp programming. For more information contact us at 406-587-0132.
Sibling Discount: Second, third and fourth (etc.) children receive 5% reduction.
5% discount for families who enroll for 8 out of 10 summer weeks of programming.
Contact the office for details.
Only one discount per family,
multiple discounts do not apply.
Bumblebee Camp (ages 2-3)
Toddlers get to experience our rich, engaging (and slightly quieter) 2 -3-year-old program, and they have a play area of their own. This camp is a camp for our younger campers and includes a nap after lunch.
5:1 ratio with 10 children per camp with 2 instructors.
Huckleberry Camp (ages 3-6)
A feast for all of your young child’s senses.
In their own specially prepared classroom and around campus, these campers will explore topics in zoology, botany, art and geography.
Our instructors are skilled early childhood educators and all camps themes are focused on encouraging sensory exploration and helping campers discover the magic of the forest through short hikes, crafts, games, songs, outdoor exploration, and more.
Counselors offer the gentle guidance that comes from years of experience being with young children in the outdoors. We keep it simple so your camper can make big discoveries in the wide world.
This camp has rest-time and children should self-sufficient with toileting.
8:1 ratio with 16 children per camp with 2 instructors. Two camps available.
Yurt Camp (rising 1st - 5th grades) ages 6-11
Our traveling camp brings kids ages 6 to 11 together in groups of up to twelve peers during the camp day. Talented instructors lead these groups in songs and games as well as hikes to visit bridges, collect creek data, share stories, and learn more about our mountain ecosystem.
Afternoons are spent in mixed-age groups doing self-selected activities like crafts, games, fort building, scientific exploration, and team building.
These afternoon activities are a chance for campers to explore personal interests, meet new people, and spend time with new friends.
This camp has 2 instructors with 12 campers.
Counselor Internship (rising 10th - 11th grades) ages 15-16
Youth ages 15 to 16 are invited to apply to volunteer for up to 4 weeks each summer with our camp programs. Interns work closely with our seasonal staff instructors to collaboratively lead groups of campers during songs, games, hikes, and activities.
Each week, interns are given time to set goals and reflect on their experiences, working closely with staff to develop as leaders, educators, students, mentors, and friends.
Participation in the CIT program is not required to intern - this an unpaid internship.