Great Beginnings is a nature-based Summer Day Camp is for campers ages 3 - 14. 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 9 weeks of programming. Weeks are from Monday – Thursday. There is no camp on Friday. (If you need Friday camp, Dino Drop-In has an excellent one-day program). 

All children are welcome and campers do not need to have previously attended a Montessori program.

2019 All Camps: Ages, Times and Location 

Summer Camp Fees

Weekly fees:

  • $225 per camper for members, $235 per camper for non-members

  • Camp Cool down/ Aftercare: $10 day/or $25 week

  • Members: Enrolled GBMS students, alumni GBMS students, alumni summer campers


Week of July 4th:

  • $170 per camper for members, $180 for non-members

  • Camp Cool-down/ Aftercare $20 (three days)


Limited scholarship funds are available for summer camp programming. For more information contact us at 406-587-0132.

Available discounts:

  • Early bird discount: 5% for summer camp paid-in-full prior to April 1st.

  • Sibling Discount: Second, third and fourth (etc.) children receive 5% reduction.

  • 5% discount for families who enroll for 8 out of 9 summer weeks of programming. Contact the office for details.

Only one discount per family,

multiple discounts do not apply. 

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.  

Field Camp (rising 1st - 5th grades) ages 6-11

Our traveling camp brings kids ages 6 to 12 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 in Training (rising 6th - 9th grades) ages 11-14 

Counselor in Training (CIT): This program invites campers aged 12 to 14 to begin the transition into our high-school aged volunteer program.  

  • CITs work with their instructor and a skilled intern as a group of up to five to learn leadership skills, build community, and get to know our unique outdoor program in a new way.  

  • Mondays and Wednesdays are in the field all day. Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings assist with activities with the younger camps, and afternoons are back in the field.

  • Longer hikes and in-depth ecological explorations keep camp traditions alive, while activities with camp groups builds skills in leadership and teamwork.

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.

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