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GUIDE Bozeman Parks & Recreation 2022 Program Guide 17 Camp & Activities Guide 18 New Youth Soccer Opportunities Surf into Montana 36 Midsummer Magic at Grandstreet Theater Camp 38 Camp Bodhi: Connecting Kids with Nature 40 Crosscut Camps 42 Kissock Horse Center 44 Solving the Summer Lunch Puzzle 46 Gallatin Valley YMCA Camps 48 Menstrual Cups 49 What’s Up? Montana 51 Spring 2022 After-School & PIR-DAY Activities 52 What’s Up? Bozeman 54 Columns: Ask Flora 60 Monthly Giveaway: Colombo’s Pizza & Pasta 62


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camp equinox! SUMMER THEATER DAY CAMP Acting! Comedy Improv! Musical Theater! Playwriting! Puppetry! Mask Making! Shakespeare!

Main Camp:

Entering Grades 3-8, M-F 8:30-3:30 r!

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“The only way I can explain it is this is m y Hogwarts. You know when Har ry found it and he di dn’t want to ever leave? Like that .” — from a camper

“Minispots” Program: Entering Grades 1 & 2, M-F 8:30-Noon ssions Double Se ! Available

Session I:

June 13 - July 7, 2022 Session II:

July 18 - Aug. 11, 2022 Please visit our website or call for brochure. 406-522-7623 “This is our second year and we’re more impressed than ever. You create a living, breathing cocoon of creativity. The way Camp develops self-esteem, confidence, social skills and fun is miraculous in our eyes!”

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The theater camp is being presented by Camp Equinox. Bozeman Summit School serves only as the venue for the event and is not responsible for any content of any part of the event or programming.

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Splash Camp is for kids who love to swim and want to grow their swimming skills! Learn competitive strokes from certified coaches, including our gold-medalist head coach, Hans Dersch!

March 29th - April 1st

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WHERE............... Bozeman Swim Center

WHO....................... Kids ages 5 - 10*

HOW TO SIGN UP..... Space is limited! Register by visiting:

COST.................... 4 Days - $80 per participant


*Participants must be able to complete one length of freestyle and backstroke without floatation devices


Health Benefits! Swimming is a fun way to keep your kiddos active and healthy.

*Up-to-date local COVID-19 guidelines will be followed


Improves Social Skills! Swimming will give your child the opportunity to meet new friends their age who share similar interests! Boosts Confidence! Swimming helps children overcome fears and teaches them to adapt to new challenges. Improves Mental Development! According to studies, due to the exercise, swimming helps children develop their mind/body connection. Reduces Stress! The increase of endorphins in the brain from swimming help kids to effectively relieve their stress. Teaches Safety Skills! Swimming teaches children a lifesaving skill and helps them be more aware of their surroundings and others.


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Snow White

Join Montana Ballet for Snow White Summer! Daily ballet class, dance-related arts and crafts, choregraphy, and more.


Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 12:00pm

June 13 – 16 Ages 4 – 6

June 20 – 23 Ages 7 – 9

June 27 – 30 Ages 4 – 6

July 11 – 14 Ages 4 – 6

DANCING UNDER THE BIG SKY Two-week Dance Intensive Comprehensive curriculum: Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Pilates, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, and more. July 25 - August 6 Ages 8 & Up

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At this point I have written 12 March Summer Camp issue editorials.

One would think I have nothing left to say. But seriously, I could write 12 more…and I hope to.

Some of the best memories I have are from summer camps. From my first Girl Scouts one-night sleepover camp, to figure skating intensives, to multiple-week out-of-state overnight camps. Every single one was memorable and, in some way, impacted my life. It all started simply, with the day camps, which I can’t really remember as well as the overnight Girls Scout camp that truly resonates in my memory. Tents, sleeping away from home for a whole night, classic Scout stuff like singing and marshmallows over a fire. It was like giving candy to a baby for a budding summer camper. It wasn’t long before I was headed out of state for one- to two-week overnight camps and I literally thrived. The excitement of filling my trunk with the list of necessities combined with the fear of not knowing anyone and the


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lack of electrical outlets to make my hair cooperate was nothing shy of an adrenaline rush. The people I met. The skills I learned. The independence I gained. The mistakes I made and the confidence to try new things. The unforgettable taste of red bug juice, all the memories are ingrained in my mind. If I could go back and do it again, I would. If I had known that I could have dragged the experience out and become a camp counselor, I would have done that too. But the crux of this story is not about my love of camp. It’s about two of my dearest friends and how they found love at camp. Yes. It does happen. If you are a fixture at summer camp into your late teen years, and in their case, into the counselor years (early 20’s) – you just might meet your forever camp partner. These two met at summer camp in 1988 and have been together for 24 years (and married for 18 of those). They have the most amazing 8-year-old daughter, and her life is like summer camp 24-7-365. I’m envious of the adventures they give their child. They still operate like they are counselors – maybe because they can’t help

it. With more than 12 years as a camper, counselor and director, my girlfriend’s husband met his business partner at camp, he met his now brother-in-law and sister-in-law at camp…and his wife. Camp counselors for life, their favorite camper these days is their daughter. They hike, camp, fish, swim, ski, ride bikes, boat, soak, play in the park – they do something, every…single…day. And they bring their daughter along with them, and have done so ever since the day she was born. There is something to be said about downtime, but there is also something to be said about living life to the fullest every day: Wearing out yourself and your kids with the simplest rush – adventure. Outdoors. Life in real time. That’s what summer camp has always meant to me. Life in real time. From the bugle call at the crack of dawn to drag yourself out of bed to flag ceremony in PJs, meals in the mess hall and a day interspersed with activities from all walks of life to fire ceremony and finally bedtime. We were living life to the fullest every day. And it was truly amazing. Send your kids to camp. Day camp, overnight camp, sports intensives, whatever. It builds life skills and if you’re lucky…like my two friends… it could end up being so much more.

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Summer Art and Nature Camp for 3-9 year olds

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Adventure Day Camp Gallatin Valley YMCA

Ç Ç 406-994-9622 Ç Ç Ç This YMCA camp focuses on youth development and learning through creativity, play and exploration of the environment. Activities and trips are intentionally planned to promote physical, cognitive and emotional/social development and provide campers with memorable experiences and friendships that last a lifetime. All campers will have the opportunity to leave their site every day, swim, slip n’ slide on the camp’s giant slide, hike once during the week, visit multiple parks and attend two field trips that relate to the weekly theme. 18

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Alpengirl Adventure Camp

Ç Ç 406-570-6312 Ç Ç Ç Alpengirl is an overnight summer adventure travel camp for girls ages 11 to 16. Their one- or two-week outdoor camps are held in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountains: Washington, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Trips are multi-adventure and include a variety of activities such as backpacking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, rock climbing and more. Daily camp life includes tent camping, self-esteem development, friendship-building, leadership opportunities, yoga and delicious camp food.




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Blitzz FC Spring Recreational Soccer

Ç Montana State University Ç Ç 406-600-8146 Ç Ç It’s time to register for another fun-filled spring soccer season with Blitzz FC! Blitzz has been kicking grass in the Gallatin Valley for 36 years and counting, and along with their parent club, Montana Surf, they were just voted Bozeman’s Best Sports Team.

Bozeman Sports Camp

Ç Ç 406-661-5496 Ç Ç Ç Bozeman Sports Camp is an active summer sports camp for kids entering grades K-6. They provide fun and engaging activities, games and instruction in sports of all kinds. Instructors are Bozeman-area teachers and college students studying education who provide quality instruction of sports skills, strategies and sportsmanship while providing an active setting for kids to spend their summer.

Blitzz Rec provides a fun, low-key introduction opportunity for players ages 4-14 and is designed for those players and families who want to play soccer in a local, fun setting without out-of-town travel. Games are played Sundays throughout April, May and June.

Camp Equinox Summer Theater Day Camp

Ç Bozeman Summit School, 3001 W. Villard

Boost Your Child's Learning This Summer! Sage Learning Center

Ç 406-582-9570 Ç Ç Sage Learning Center sees so much success in their fun, interactive summer learning sessions. Sessions at Sage are held in a one-on-one setting with individualized instruction for children ages 4-18. They offer flexible weekly sessions throughout the summer months. Offering both in-person and virtual zoom sessions.


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Ç Ç 406-522-7623 Ç Ç

Ç Bozeman’s premier summer theater camp is now in its 27th year! It’s a thrilling and welcoming place for kids to learn all about the theater and to explore their own creativity. From musical comedy, Shakespeare and film acting to mask-making, puppetry, playwriting and comedy improv, it’s a month of challenges, friends and intense fun! Equinox offers two four-week sessions for kids going into first through eighth grade. “What a magical, magical place. You guys really have a gift.”

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1st & 2nd Grade 6/20-6/24 3rd & 4th Grade 6/27-7/1 “Fire” Day Camp 7/11-7/15 “Water” Day Camp 7/18-7/22


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FAMILY CAMP • Labor Day 9/2-9/5 YAA is permitted for outfitting and guiding in the Gallatin National Forest.

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Circus Summer Camp 406Cirque

Creative Arts Summer Camp

Ç Ç 406-475-2513 Ç Ç Ç

Ç 346 Gallatin Park Dr. Ç erin.creativeartspreschool@

A group of circus and theater performers with more than 35 years of combined experience bring to Bozeman a unique and unforgettable experience. A place where kids are welcome to bring their most authentic self; where they are challenged in healthy ways and encouraged to go beyond their own limits, and unleash the true potential of their imagination and physicality. In the words of a parent: “Our daughter had the most magical camp experience with 406 Cirque! Well run and organized. Thoughtful and supportive. And she learned great skills. Most importantly, she was thrilled to go every day. Thank you!”

Ç 406-579-7692 Ç Ç CreativeArtsBozeman

Ç creativeartsbozeman

This is an art- and nature-based school that operates year-round. They incorporate art, dance, music and nature exploration into their daily activities. All summer long, they get campers outside to enjoy the beautiful Montana surroundings and create art projects that focus on all the natural beauty campers see each day.

Crosscut Summer Camps Crosscut Mountain Sports Center

Ç 16621 Bridger Canyon Rd. Ç Ç 406-586-9690 Ç

Ç Ç Sport and Play, Inclusivity and Education Whether your child seeks grit or grace, effort or leisure, adventure or comfort, Crosscut meets them wherever they are. They believe in supporting body and mind, so all campers can wholeheartedly pursue that which fulfills them. The thrill of high-performance efforts, the personal expansion of learning and growth, and the freedom of spontaneous play are each important, and equally boundless in possibility.

Rhythms World Drum Camp African! Cuban! Egyptian Drumming! Storytelling, Games, World Culture! Ages 4-12 • Monday-Friday – 9 a.m.-noon Bozeman Camp Dates:

June 13 - 17; June 20 - 24; July 11 - 15 With Award Winning Teacher Chet Leach Meets at Rhythm Drums at The Emerson | | 406.580.8229


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2022 YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMPS K - 7th Grade | June 13th - August 19th





MARCH 14-18 | 8:30AM-3PM | GRADES 4-9 Starlite’s awesome Spring Break Street Dance Camp features daily hip hop dancing, dance history lessons, writing, and large-scale design and painting guided by graphic artists! Each child will also work on several themed projects to bring home including an airbrushed trucker hat, hip hop bandanna, a fun T-shirt and more!




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Dancing From Stage to Sky: Aerial & Dance Camp

Ç 346 Gallatin Park Dr. Ç Ç 406-595-0909 Ç Ç Ç

Ç 111 S. Grand Ave. Ç Ç 406-587-9797 Ç Ç Ç Weeklong summer camps for ages 5-12 explore different movements in art. Each week will include 2D, sculpture and mixed media projects. Camps will conclude on Fridays with an artist’s reception.

This fun and unique day camp challenges students physically and mentally with classes in aerial arts, dance technique, choreography, yoga, Pilates, hula hooping, juggling, hand balancing, flexibility training, arts and crafts.

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Dancing Under the Big Sky (DUBS) Montana Ballet Company

Ç 2304 N. Seventh Ave., Ste. C-3 Ç Ç 406-582-8702 Ç Ç Ç Montana Ballet Company’s Annual Dancing Under the Big Sky (DUBS) twoweek Summer Dance Intensive is an enriching, educational program featuring exceptional guest teachers and a full curriculum. DUBS 2022 (for ages 8 and up) will be held July 25 through August 6. Classes run from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., with short breaks and a lunch break each day. The Dancing Under the Big Sky Intensive curriculum exemplifies MBC’s belief in nurturing the “whole dancer” – mind, body and spirit. 24

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Ç Story Mill Community Park Ç 600 Bridger Dr. Ç Ç 406-582-2293 Ç Ç Ç It is tough to find the variety, adventure and affordability of Bozeman Parks & Recreation camps anywhere else! Run by leaders who truly care about your children and implementing quality programs, Parks and Recreation Summer Camps create a safe and fun camp environment that is spent mostly outdoors where kids will play, laugh, create art of all kinds, learn about their local ecosystem, meet new friends, get a little dirty and challenge themselves by engaging in new activities daily.

Farm Camp

Bodhi Farms

Ç 13624 S. Cottonwood Rd. Ç Ç 406-201-1324 Ç Ç Ç Bodhi Farms’s outdoor summer kids' camp runs July through August and focuses on yoga, art, outdoor education, homesteading and farming skills. This camp is geared toward elementary aged-kids entering first through fifth grade in fall 2022.

M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm | Starts June 13 Ages 3-5 and 6-11 • Sibling discounts available

GirlSing Music, Singing, Songwriting and Art Camp

(with Music Kate)

Ç Pilgrim Church, 2118 S. Third Ave. Ç Ç 406-570-2839 Ç Ç Ç The GirlSing summer camp (for girls ages 7-11) empowers girls to explore their unique, creative spirit through music, singing, songwriting, journaling and self-expressive art. Engaging indoor and outdoor activities, interactive play time and hikes/walks. On Thursday nights, campers host a family and friends music and art-sharing event (optional) All-day, 5-day camp (9 a.m. 5 p.m.) with early drop off/late pick up option.

Join us for Ridge Kids Summer Camp where kids will have an active summer doing group fitness classes, gym play, swimming and play zone fun. Camp counselors and fitness instructors are trained and qualified to give your child a safe, exciting summer and will help build a foundation for a healthy and active life! Sign up for the whole summer or individual days.


Members $60 full day/$35 half day Non-Members $75 full day/$45 half day


Members $260 | Non-Members $335

Register on Schedulicty or call (406) 582-4452

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Kids Yoga Summer Camp

Our Yoga Family

Heart and Hand Summer Day Camps & Retreats

Ç 20010 Bridger Hollow Rd. Ç Ç 406-587-4036 Ç Ç Heart and Hand Center is again presenting awesome summer day camps for kids as well as adult weekend retreats this year. Activities include hiking in the beautiful mountains at the K-J Ranch, making music and art in the Heart and Hand Center tipi, playing games and spending time with horses, drumming, yoga, crafts and much more.

Ç Ç 406-209-9954 Ç Ç Let your child shine and spend quality time being themselves this summer learning social skills, gross and fine motor skills as well as emotional well-being. Together the group will enjoy a yoga circle each day, time to free-play, opportunities to learn practical skills – like putting on our shoes, walking in a group, sharing with and helping others or using your breath to help you, how to relax, share and be confident – along with special age-appropriate songs, crafts and projects. Offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.noon for ages 3-5 OR 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for ages 5-11.

Leadership Through Horses

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Karate and Sports Camp - Montana

Karate Academy in Bozeman

Ç 31842 Frontage Rd. Ç Ç 312-823-0110 Ç Ç Ages 6-15. New to Bozeman is Montana Karate Academy, led by two world-class coaches who train current junior and senior national team members. Your child will be introduced to the sport of karate in a fun and safe environment. Kids participate in half-day or full-day programs that will keep them active, build sports coordination and skill sets while learning karate and self-defense. Karate uniforms included! Family member and multi-week registration discounts are available.


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Ç Windhorse Equine Learning, 3477 Johnson Rd.

Ç Ç 406-994-9622 Ç Ç Ç Campers work daily with horses to learn important aspects of leadership, communication and partnership skills, as well as horse behavior, nonverbal communication and how to safely approach, halter, groom, lead and ride a horse. By earning the respect of a horse, participants gain confidence and learn how to be compassionate, focused, honest and responsible leaders. The curriculum is offered by Windhorse Equine Learning. Classes are taught by instructors certified by PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).

Lone Mountain Summer Camps

Ç 1237 N Rouse Ave. Ç Ç 406-587-1180 Ç Ç

Lone Mountain offers a fun variety of summer camp options – everything from KidVentures camp for little ones to Campapalooza (an allaround fun day camp offering swimming in the afternoon sessions). There’s Trampoline Camp and Combo Camp (highlighting gymnastics and overall sports agility), Ninja Camp and Tiny Dancers Camp. And don’t forget about swimming lessons! Lone Mountain can keep your kids active, engaged and having fun this summer. Camp offerings vary each week, so check out the website or call for details.

Spring and NEW CAMP THIS SUMMER Summer CampS

All StAr SportS CAmp Ages 7 - 12 5 day camp $350.00 or 2 for $500 March 14-18th June - August 8am - 430pm

Ç 2304 N. Seventh Ave., Ste. C-3 Ç Ç 406-582-8702 Ç Ç Ç Please visit for more details on summer ballet programs for dancers of all ages and the two-week summer intensive, Dancing Under the Big Sky, for ages 8 and up.

Ages 6+ Our Camps Build • Focus • Confidence • Athletic Coordination

Great introduction to sports and athletic training!

Campers Experience • Fun & Challenging Activities Campers will play a NEW sport • A safe environment every day! • Setting goals & achieving them advanCed/elite

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Montana Ballet Company Summer Ballet Programs

World Class karate instruction right here in Bozeman

Ages 12-17 Speed/Agility Camp Strength/Power Camp $599 unlimited days June-August 3 hour day camps Mon-Fri

Camps start June 13 Full Day 9am - 3pm or Half Day 9am - 12pm All campers receive a FREE karate uniform! Camp Break 8 g n i r 1 Sp h 16Marc :30pm 3 12:30

Register now or call 406-312-5751 (Parisi) or 406-624-2900 (MKA) 31842 Frontage Rd Bozeman, MT 59715

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Montana Regional Ballet Intensive

Yellowstone Ballet Academy

Montana Conservation Corps Youth Expedition Program

Ç Ç 406-587-4475 x106 Ç youth



Ç Build new relationships, learn meaningful skills and explore Montana – ignite your summer with the Montana Conservation Corps Youth Expedition Program. Expeditions are for Montana high schoolers ages 14-18 and run as twoor four-week sessions during the summer months of June-August. Embark on 11-day trips around the state for conservation work including trails, habitat restoration and recreation improvement. MCC cultivates communities of young people inspired to build a brighter future. Benefits include 72 volunteer hours, leadership, communication and technical skills, and a summer of fun.

Ç 109 S. B St., Livingston Ç Ç 406-222-0430 Ç Ç YBA offers a cutting-edge ballet intensive for intermediate and advanced students (June 13-26) focusing on classical ballet technique, pointe, variations, repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary, conditioning/stretch and Pilates. An advanced beginner intensive (June 13-17) will offer classes on ballet technique, pre-pointe, repertoire, folk dance, contemporary, conditioning/stretch and Pilates. Guest teachers include: Arcadian Broad, principal dancer, Orlando Ballet and Top Ten on America’s Got Talent; Tricia Sundbeck, former principal dancer with the Sacramento Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet; Thomas Bell, ballet master, University of Cincinnati; Taylor Sambola, certified Pilates instructor and professional dancer, Orlando Ballet and Sarasota Ballet.

MOSS Summer Programs

Ç Ç 406-582-0526 Ç Ç Ç MOSS summer programs offer fun, engaging and educational explorations of the natural world in and around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. MOSS believes that inspiring a love for nature helps children become aware of— and want to care for—the unique environment in which they live. Camps fill quickly, so registering early is recommended.


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Pet Pals Summer Day Camp Heart of the Valley

Ç 1549 E. Cameron Bridge Rd. Ç volunteer@

Ç 406-388-9399 x223 Ç Ç Ç heartofthevalleyanimalshelter

HOV’s seven-week summer day camp is for children (6-12 years old) who love animals. Campers learn the importance of compassionate animal care through time with animals, games, crafts, humane education lessons and a wide variety of guest speakers. Each week children will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals. The camp is held Monday-Friday with drop-off between 8:30-9 a.m. and pick-up between 3-3:30 p.m. Scholarship applications are available upon request. The weekly cost of camp tuition is $250.

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XY Learning Center is offering limited spots in our school-age summer camp program. Each week kids will experience learning opportunities which include: community experts presentations, hiking, swimming, field trips, team building activities and more!

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR KIDSNow! AGES 5 to 12 Enrollment Open 11 weeks starting June 13th 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Ages 5 - 12 ( 5 yr olds must be entering 1st grade) $250 per week Located in beautiful downtown Bozeman 202 South Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715 406.577.2554 WWW.XYLEARNINGCENTER.COM

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Ridge Kids Summer Fun Camps

Ç 4181 Fallon Ç Ç 406-582-4452 Ç Ç The Ridge Athletic Club is hosting a great summer camp for kids ages 5 to 12 that will include swimming, kid-specific group exercise classes, crafts, gym play and fun in the Play Zone. Ridge counselors and fitness professionals are trained and qualified to keep your kids safe during their exciting camp days. They offer half-day morning and afternoon sessions or give your kids the full-day fun that they will love. If you’re enrolling multiple children or if you need more information, call 406-582-4452.

Camp Rockhaven UnCamp Roundup SPONSOR Ç Gallatin Gateway Ç Ç 406-586-9194 Ç Ç Ç Rockhaven “Un”Camp is an innovative summer day and overnight camping program where free-play, nature-play and child-led independent play are all front and center. It’s a safe environment where creativity and imagination can flourish, and kids can just be kids and get a little dirty playing like kids are meant to play. Rockhaven takes the schedules, expectations and rules out of summer and puts back genuine play, natural curiosity, epic messes, muddy faces, sticky fingers and awesome memories. Sessions for kids 4 to 15 years old.

Rocky Creek Farm Camp

Rhythms World Drum Camps

Ç 111 S. Grand Ave. #215 Ç Ç 406-580-8229 Ç Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to join Chet Leach (a.k.a. Mr. Chet) for weeklong drum camps. These summer camps will include drumming from Africa, Brazil, Cuba and Egypt. Your child will learn about world culture through storytelling, games and, of course, lots of DRUMMING!


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Ç 34297 Frontage Rd. Ç Ç 406-599-2361 Ç Ç Join Rocky Creek Farm this summer for an opportunity to explore connections between farming and nature. Weeklong sessions give campers the chance to be farmers, explorers, chefs, scientists and artists while growing a sense of connection to the land. The mission is to engage campers with local agriculture and landscapes by inspiring connection to the land, sense of place and confidence as members of the natural community. The education staff is committed to experiential teaching, connecting with nature, working cooperatively and intentional play.


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Starlite Kids

Snow White Summer

Montana Ballet Company

Ç 2304 N. Seventh Ave., Ste. C-3 Ç Ç 406-582-8702 Ç Ç Ç Learn all about the Snow White ballet with a daily ballet class, dance-related arts and crafts, choreography, a performance and more. Held Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon: June 13-16 (ages 4-6), June 20-23 (ages 7-9), June 27-30 (ages 4-6) and July 11-14 (ages 4-6).

Starlite Bozeman

Ç 622 E. Tamarack St. Ç Ç 406-551-2220 Ç Ç Starlite Kids camps are back for 2022! Choose from three amazing themes featuring unique experiences and adventures that will grow into a lifelong appreciation of the world around us. Each camp features small class sizes to guarantee lots of individualized instruction, amazing friendships and healthy kids.

Summer of Science Camps

Montana Science Center

Spire Climbing + Fitness

Ç 13 Enterprise Blvd. Ç Ç 406-586-0706 Ç Ç Spire summer camps are a great way for children ages 5–16 to enjoy rock climbing in a fun, structured environment. In Spire's summer camps, beginners learn the essentials of the sport while kids with prior climbing experience take their skills to the next level. Summer camps are half-day, weeklong camps, with tons of climbing time in Spire’s south Bozeman facility, as well as plenty of fun and games for your child.

Ç 2744 W. Main St. Ç Ç 406-522-9087 Ç Ç Ç Discover science and technology all summer long. Five different themes – including Spy Camp, Inventors Workshop, engineering challenges, learning to code and color discovery – are included in the Summer of Science camps at Montana Science Center. Grades K-2 and 3-5 can join for hands-on, interactive camps including outside time, experiments and high-tech makerspace activities.

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World Cup Summer Soccer Camps

Teen Camp

Gallatin Valley YMCA

Ç 3673 Love Ln. Ç Ç 406-994-9622 Ç Ç Ç YMCA’s teen summer camps provide older campers more significant opportunities to spread their wings and experience new adventures. Campers are encouraged to make their own choices, build relationships and develop important life skills through YMCA character values. The teen camp offers a more challenging range of activities for experienced campers. It provides a safe place where teens can be themselves, participate in activities and go on field trips specifically tailored toward their evolving interests.

HappyFeet Bozeman

Ç Ç 602-820-5333 Ç Ç Ç At HappyFeet Legends Bozeman, the approach is simple: to introduce soccer in a way that opens up doors of possibility for young kids both on the field and off. The goal is for kids to not only learn the wonderful game of soccer, but to have fun, build social skills, improve self-confidence and instill a brave, creative “go for it” mentality that can help provide the right foundation for the rest of their lives.

World Language & Culture Camps World Language Initiative

Windhorse Leadership with Horses Camp

Ç 3477 Johnson Rd. Ç Ç 406-522-3906 Ç Ç Ç Windhorse Equine Learning offers a unique camp experience where kids learn horsemanship and riding skills, and how to be good leaders and fair partners for their horses and each other. The relationship they develop with the horse (and the skills they learn to handle them safely and to communicate with them effectively) gives kids confidence, builds self-awareness and teaches valuable lessons about respect, trust, empathy and communication. Camps are offered in partnership with MSU College of Agriculture and the Gallatin Valley YMCA. 32

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Ç Story Mansion, 811 S. Willson Ç Ç 406-414-6419 Ç Ç Ç WLI offers four, weeklong sessions of dynamic and engaging language and culture camps for kids ages 5-12 in a variety of languages that will leave your child dreaming of traveling the globe. Camps are filled with fun games, traditional art and cooking activities, storytelling, songs and more, all led by experienced language coaches. Camps are held Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Story Mansion, with the majority of activities being held outdoors. Language camp offerings vary each session, so please check the website for more details.


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XY Learning Center Day Camp Yellowstone Alliance Adventures

Ç 13707 Cottonwood Canyon Rd. Ç Ç 406-763-4727 Ç Ç Ç YAA is all about maximum fun and maximum adventure. From riding the zipline and experiencing archery to climbing to the top of the tower or participating in a meaningful chapel or fireside experience, everywhere you turn is an opportunity to build friendships, learn about Jesus and have fun. After a week of camp at YAA, you will have memories to last a lifetime and a desire to come back for more.

Ç 202 S. Willson Ave. Ç Ç 406-577-2554 Ç Join XY Learning Center for yet another exciting, educational and adventurous day camp. With weekly camp sessions, you can explore Montana through hikes, field trips and guest speakers as well as exploring art and science with creative projects, experiments and, of course, swimming. Weekly sessions will foster all kinds of kiddos’ interests from space exploration to animal care and crafting. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with 11 weekly sessions starting June 13 for ages 5-12 (5-year-olds must be entering first grade in the fall). Weekly cost is $250 per week.


ExplorationWorks Summer Camps Yellowstone Soccer Experience Camp

Ç Bozeman Sports Park, 4600 Baxter Ln. Ç Ç 406-600-8146 Ç Camp week will include quality instruction and personal attention with an approximate 1:10 ratio of staff to campers. Players will engage in a variety of activities and games, appropriate to their developmental level, while strengthening existing skills. Campers will work on technical, tactical and mental aspects of the game.

Ç Ç 995 Carousel Way, Helena Ç 406-457-1800 x1 Ç Ç Ç Spend the summer as a scientist and explore the world around you! Camps begin the week of June 13th and run through the week of August 22nd. ExplorationWorks offers camps for kids ages 4 and up. All-day camp combos! Pick a morning and afternoon camp to create your personalized all-day learning adventure! Your scientist will experience one exciting morning camp, break for a supervised lunch, then start the science fun again with an afternoon camp! (Lunch not provided.) There's sure to be a combo for your budding scientist! :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake Grandstreet Summer Theatre School

Ç 325 N. Park Ave. Ç Ç 406-442-4270 Ç Ç Ç Grandstreet’s Summer Theatre School expands student skills in character development, improvisation and playmaking while providing practical experience in rehearsal techniques. Class work is aimed at building character – both on and off the stage. Take half-day mini camps in stage combat, musical theater or performance or join the all-day, two-week camp.

Ç 7653 Canyon Ferry Rd. Ç Ç 406-475-3638 Ç Ç The MLC is Montana’s science camp for kids. It is a place for students to come together to solve problems, create and be empowered. Camp life includes STEM-immersion experiences, friendship-building and recreation. Campers enjoy fishing, kayaking, boating and swimming at the lake. The MLC’s staff is composed of certified teachers, many of whom are award winning. The student-to-staff ratio is 8:1. Each of the MLC’s instructors and counselors are CPR and First Aid-certified.

Stonetree Climbing Camp HAC Skills Camps

Helena Athletic Club

Ç 3340 McHugh Ln. Ç Ç 406-442-6782 Ç Ç Ç Half-day camps perfect for beginning to intermediate level students. Choose from morning or afternoon sessions of gymnastics, cheerleading, tumbling and trampoline or ninja sport. Each week wraps up with a friends and family showcase.


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Ç 1222 Bozeman Ave. Ç Ç 406-534-0325 Ç Ç Ç Join Stonetree all summer long for the best day camp in town. Weeklong camps encourage kids to be active, build confidence, play creatively and foster new friendships. Campers spend the day climbing, challenging their comfort zones, playing games on and off the climbing walls, doing arts and crafts and having a blast. Experienced instructors make sure that every climber leaves having learned something new and with a smile on their face. These camps fill up fast, so register early!



Summer Reading Program Lewis & Clark Library

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Ç www.Lewisandclarklibrary Join Lewis & Clark Library for a summer of play and activities! This year's theme is Tails and Tales. Each week, celebrate a different animal with a themed take-home activity kit for grade-school kids, reading adventures and much more!




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Tree House Preschool Camps

Helena Athletic Club

Ç 3340 McHugh Ln. Ç Ç 406-442-6782 Ç Ç Ç A perfect preschool/pre-K half-day camp for youngsters ages 3-5 years and just getting into the summer camp experience. Tree House campers enjoy time at the many centers in two classrooms including imaginative play, letters and literacy, fine motor works, arts and crafts, numerical and math literacy plus all the standard pre-K lessons like shapes, colors, weather observation and more. Of course, gross motor skills get plenty of use in the gym during semi-structured gym time.

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helena Join LEWIS & CLARK LIBRARY for a summer of play and activities! This year's theme is Oceans of Possibilities

The Summer Library Program and Summer Reading Challenge will begin on June 1 and end July 31.

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Opportunities Surf into Montana WRITTEN BY CATE WRIGHT

Blitzz FC has been kicking grass in the Gallatin Valley for 36 years and counting – and now the area’s oldest and most trusted soccer club has even more to offer. Blitzz recently affiliated with Surf Soccer, a premier national organization with 45 years of experience developing the top players in the country. As part of Surf Nation (a network of 44 soccer clubs nationwide), MT Surf provides the “best of the best” opportunities for local players and coaches. Blitzz FC’s recreational soccer program continues under the Blitzz name, while the Competitive, Academy and Little Surfers programs now operate as Montana Surf Soccer Club. Montana Surf brings unique and exciting soccer opportunities to the Gallatin Valley, opening up a world of soccer experiences previously unavailable to Montana players. Local players now have access to curriculum developed by the nation’s best coaches, a higher level of play, collegiate connections across the country and opportunities to compete regionally, nationally and internationally. Coaching Curriculum

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Surf provides high-quality coaching with an emphasis on individual development, as well as a focus on player safety and personal growth. Surf’s top notch coaching curriculum, developed in conjunction with a large network of the country’s best coaches, has created a framework for athlete success on the soccer pitch as well as in life.

Stronger Local Experiences

Montana Surf players have the opportunity to engage in stronger local competition through collaboration with neighboring Surf clubs in Idaho, Washington and Utah. “The pool of teams in Montana is strong but limited. Our connection with other Surf clubs in our region expands our opportunities to play, and increases the quality of competition our players are exposed to,” said Doug Robertson, Montana Surf’s Program Director.

Surf Select

Local players can now live out their dreams of facing off against top international youth teams like Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Through a series of regional and national Surf Select events, a group of the best Surf players nationwide are chosen to compete internationally. At each level of selection, players receive toplevel coaching, detailed evaluations and off-thefield education related to the Surf core values. Each Surf Select event is formatted as a camp, designed to give every player “best of the best” training, coaching and competition, whether or not they move on to the national level. Montana Surf’s Aden Lyle recently advanced through all levels of the Surf Select process, making the National Boys’ Team. “Our team traveled to Valencia, Spain to play against Spanish competitive clubs,” Aden said. “The speed of play, finishing power and overall technical skills were the highest I have ever seen. It was amazing to be on a team with Surf players from all over the country, and the experience made me a better player.”

College Recruiting

Does your child dream of playing college soccer but worry about the lack of exposure for athletes in our state? Montana athletes now have better and broader collegiate play options thanks to Surf’s “best of the best” scouting opportunities. Events like Surf Cup, with more than 500 college coaches in attendance, and Surf Select camps (attended by college coaches and professional scouts) ensure that Surf players are in high demand. The Surf name garners respect and recognition among college coaches nationally. Surf’s competitive vision and organizational focus have a proven track record of success in creating pathways for high level players, including many currently playing at top colleges and on the U.S. National team.

What Surf Players Have to Say:

“I’m so grateful for the opportunities Montana Surf has given to me to play at a higher level. One of our other Surf clubs in the northwest, Eastern Washington Surf, reached out to me to play with them in the PAC NW soccer tournament. Through this experience I met new players, got to play in front of college scouts and improved my play by facing class competition while being coached by an amazing coach. Surf Nation offers experiences and opportunities like these that I couldn’t get with any other club. Very thankful to become a member of Surf!” - Noah Russell, ‘05 Boys’ Team In every age group, Surf Soccer Club teams are playing at the highest levels, against the toughest competition, in the most competitive leagues. Whether your kid is the next Mia Hamm or just likes to ham it up on the field, Blitzz FC/Montana Surf has a great program for your child. Cate Wright is a mom, volunteer and member of the Montana Surf/Blitzz FC Board of Directors. Her work with the Montana Surf Annual Fund is focused on creating opportunities for all children to be able to access the mental and physical benefits of sports, regardless of income.

KIDS ART CAMPS Ages 5 – 12 Weekly | 9am – 3pm COMIC CHARACTERS Week 1 - June 13 – 17 Week 6 - July 18 – 22 THAT’S WILD Week 2 - June 20 – 24 Week 7 - July 25 – 29 ART MASTERS Week 3 - June 27 – July 1 Week 8 - August 1 – 5

Week-long summer camps for ages 5 – 12 explore different movements in art. Each week will include 2D, Sculpture, and Mixed Media projects. Camps will conclude on Fridays with an artists reception. Youth ages 14 –18 are welcome to apply for our Youth Intern Program.

ART IN MOTION Week 4 - July 5 – 8* Week 9 - August 8 –12 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART Week 5 - July 11 – 15 Week 10 - August 15 – 19 * 4 day camp in observance of Independence day

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Midsummer Magic


“No one loves summer theater camp as much as Emmy Gilleran,” the Director of Grandstreet Theatre School, Marianne Adams, used to say about me. It’s true; I loved theater camp to my core. From ages 5 to 18, those two weeks were what I looked forward to all year. No matter what was going on in my life, I could count on those couple of weeks to recharge my spirit. My experience is far from unique, however. If you talk to anyone who has attended camp at Grandstreet Theatre, they will most certainly rave about their experiences and how the people and those moments have stayed in their hearts for a lifetime.

building are all instilled while attending this performance art camp. Director Adams’s daughter, Anne Scott (also an alumnus) now travels from Las Vegas to Helena every summer for her two kids to attend theater camp. While chatting with me recently, she recounted: “Just two days ago, while on our way to meet friends, Jackson (age 10) sighed loudly and said, ‘I miss Grandstreet.’ Lucy (age 6) echoed, ‘Yeah, I miss Grandstreet Theatre school.’ (OK, she said ‘featre school.’) Even though we live in Las Vegas, they feel that their best friends are their Grandstreet friends. It is undoubtedly the highlight of their summers.”

Fellow Grandstreet alumnus, Elizabeth Spindler, 27, shares similar sentiments, “I’ve been a student, teacher and actor at Summer Grandstreet since the third grade, and every summer is magical. It was always the highlight of my summer growing up and now, as a professional, I can’t wait to come home (to Helena) and be on the Grandstreet stage with all my friends, old and new. It’s a holistic way to learn and play that you never grow out of.”

Scott’s reflections on her years at camp align with Spindler’s and mine. “In a way,” she said, “Grandstreet fulfills that childhood dream of inviting all your friends to one big island where you sing, dance and play games all day. As an alumnus, it is a joy to see my own children reveling in that same experience. It’s also wonderful to reunite with my Grandstreet friends who now also bring their kids to summer theater school. It is a place of family and friendship unlike any other.” Campers from around the country become like brothers and sisters. The teachers and mentors at camp become like trusted aunts and uncles who

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always have your best interest in mind. Theater camp is a great introduction to the performing arts world, but more intrinsically, it cultivates togetherness, compassion, empathy and creativity. The classes, workshops and games revolve around teamwork and expressing oneself. My favorite subject was always improvisation, and I know my ability to think on my feet (along with my quick wit and courage to express myself) stem directly from those classes in my developing years. I didn’t go on to become a professional actress; in fact, I haven’t been on stage in 15 years, but I know that Grandstreet Theatre camp laid the foundation for a lot of life skills. I am grateful that my parents took a chance on choosing theater camp as my “summer sport.” Now I look at my daughter and pray that schedules will allow for me to bring her to Helena for her first summer camp at Grandstreet Theatre as well someday. Emerald Gagnon (Gilleran) is a Helena native, who earned a BA in journalism from the University of Montana. She married her high school crush, Grant Gagnon, who serves in the U.S. Navy. They are currently stationed in the Central Valley of California, and daydream of someday returning to their home state and building a “forever home.”

We specialize in creating memorable events for the Gallatin Valley! Unique Sleepovers Picnic Events Big Screen Movies Karaoke and more! We bring the party to you… and handle all the details!


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Camp Bodhi


Oh, Montana summers…long sunny days with warm breezes followed by cool evenings near the campfire – it doesn’t get much better. It’s the ideal setting for connecting people with nature through hiking, fishing, gardening, playing and just breathing in the fresh mountain air. Adults and visitors alike understand how incredible this place is. I often wonder if and when my kids will figure out how cool it is to grow up in Montana. We moved here eight years ago so our daughters could grow up adventuring in the summers and skiing in the winters. When my husband and I decided to start Bodhi Farms, our vision was to create authentic Montana experiences surrounded by nature. We figured a farm camp would be popular with elementaryaged kids – hiking around the farm, caring for the animals, gathering chicken eggs, harvesting and cooking from the garden, fishing, practicing yoga and creating art with sustainable materials from the farm. What first started out as a three-day camp a few years ago with a dozen of our daughters’ friends has since evolved into a very popular eight-week summer program with many experiences and happy campers. The camp format is geared to connect kids with the natural world around them and to help them understand how they fit in it. From learning about the ecosystem we live in, how to survive in it, how to cultivate a homestead from it and ultimately how to celebrate art that embraces it, each week has a different theme with special guests like the Raptor Center and Claudia “The Lentil Queen.” This year we are segmenting out a section of our gardens just for the kids to help harvest and prepare their lunches. Pickling cucumbers, spiralizing zucchini and using edible flowers 40

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are just a few of the favorite traditions. I love watching kids try new foods; they seem to be more excited and willing to try new things if they helped grow, harvest and/or prepare them (pickled zucchini is a camp favorite, who knew?!). My oldest daughter would never eat cucumbers before she helped grow them in our garden, now it’s a favorite in her lunchbox. My youngest loves to garnish her dishes with edible flowers or microgreens, all thanks, I believe, to an early start in gardening. I received my children’s yoga training certification in Costa Rica and love teaching the campers yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Our mindfulness walk is a camp favorite, which is something you can try with your kids. Find a quiet spot outdoors (on a trail or in your backyard) and plan to spend three- to fiveminutes in quiet using phrases for your kids like, “silence is golden,” as there is no talking during this exercise. Tell them to use their senses to explore things they may not have noticed before; barefoot, if possible, listen to the sounds of nature, and look up, down and all around. When finished, ask your kids what they saw, felt and heard. If they need a little direction, ask, “How did the ground feel on your feet? Did you hear any animal sounds? Did you see any unique shaped leaves?” Practicing a few minutes of mindfulness, especially in nature, can help calm our nervous system and get us to be more present in the moment – a great skill for kids to learn at a young age. Whether out at Bodhi Farms or in the mountains this summer, we hope you and your family take in everything this amazing part of the world has to offer. Speaking of mindfulness, each camp registration gets an adult free yoga class pass, because why should the kids have all the fun? Tanya Smith is a proud mom, yoga teacher and co-founder of Bodhi Farms.


Sunday 6-week Sessions begin March 6th and April 10th

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Is your child ready for kindergarten? Jumpstart to Kindergarten is a new kindergarten readiness program in the Gallatin Valley.

Our program is a three-month session created to prepare your 4-5 year old child for his/her kindergarten experience in a small group setting. Our goal is that your child leaves our program with the tools needed to be successful in their own educational journey. Classes are twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with an option of an additional hour.

We can’t wait to work with your child! Currently Enrolling! Contact Us Today! For more information, email or call 406-530-5224

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Crosscut Camps: Sport and Play, Inclusivity and Education


Every mother is unique— so is every delivery. While our job is to ensure you have a healthy delivery, we want to do it your way. Let our team of experts provide you with award-winning care at our BabyFriendly® birth center. Make an appointment today! Call 406.222.3541 or visit

When the snow melts and wildflowers bloom, Crosscut Mountain Sports Center transforms from a winter recreation hub into a summer playground for all ages. With miles of trails for hiking and biking, Crosscut offers a supportive environment where individuals and families can explore, learn and grow. The center is dedicated to instilling self-confidence in nature, encouraging activities that are playful and positive, building gratitude and pride. Set on 533-acres, Crosscut Mountain Sports Center offers summer camps for kids entering first through 12th grades with a focus on connecting people and nature through play and sport. Whether your child seeks grit or grace, effort or leisure, adventure or comfort, Crosscut meets them wherever they are. They believe in supporting the body and mind so all campers can enjoy the outdoors with activities that bring them joy. Rooted in a place-based approach to education, Crosscut’s Nature Camps for first through sixth graders focus on building a sense of wonder and curiosity through inquiry-based and interdisciplinary explorations. Nature camps blend science and art, play and education, and community and solitude, encouraging a reciprocal relationship with the natural world. Using children’s imagination and interests as a hook, the day’s activities are crafted using the landscape as a portal to connect deeply with nature and understand the natural world. Each week’s activities vary based on the seasonal changes taking place in the ecosystem. For younger students, Tune into Nature builds skills and knowledge of the natural world, while camp for older kids, Life Beneath the Bridgers, incorporates an understanding of the human history of the Bridger Mountains. All nature camps are weeklong programs that run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For older campers who enjoy moving through nature faster, Crosscut’s Mountain Bike Camps build independence and confidence in biking. Seasoned instructors know how to motivate and encourage kids to build mountain biking skills and navigate trails safely. Teaching kids in a positive team environment, half-day bike camps take advantage of Crosscut’s 14 miles of trails, which are a mountain biker’s dream. Multiple camps are offered to help campers of all abilities, identities and backgrounds. Two options are available for kids entering grades four through eight: a coed camp, Captain Your Bike; and a female rider-focused camp, More Girls on Bikes. All abilities are welcome, and instructors support a variety of learning levels by creating smaller groups within the camp. For students entering grades nine through 12, Crosscut offers SHRED Camp, focused on intermediate riders. SHRED stands for “So Happy to Ride Every Day” and some experience is required to participate. All bike camps are half-day, weeklong programs. Whether your child is looking for the thrill of high-performance or the freedom of spontaneous play, Crosscut offers a camp to help them connect with nature. From sports education to kidguided play in nature, Crosscut camps seek to help people of all ages, abilities, identities and backgrounds grow their firsthand knowledge and skills, while deepening their sense of place. Angie Weikert is the COO of Crosscut.


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Another World of Children’s Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry • Braces

flat screen televisions on the ceiling • game boys • movie theater • digital xrays • mercury free Improving & Maintaining The Oral Health of Infants, Children, Adolescents & Young Adults

Doctor Todd Steinmetz 3502 Laramie Drive, Suite 1


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SEPTEMBER - MAY Gallatin County Fairgrounds

January 8 & 22 February 5 & 12 March 19 & 26 April 16 & 30 May 21 & 28

September 25 October 9 & 23 November 13 & 20 December 18

Greens · Vegetables · Meat · Cheese · Eggs · Honey · Bread · Jam · Tea · Coffee · Breakfast Sponsors & Partners: Broken Ground, Montana Parent, Bozeman Community Coop, Gallatin Valley Botanical, Montana Ale Works, Gallatin Valley Farm to School

Credit Cards and Double SNAP EBT accepted.

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Begins March 22 Bozeman | Gallatin Gateway 3rd - 5th grade girls

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Begins March 21 Bozeman 4th - 5th grade boys

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Family Life on the Ranch

Kissock Horse Center Teaches Partnership and Responsibility WRITTEN BY REBECCA COLNAR

“Being around horses is very valuable if your child has an interest and a passion for them,” said Joani Kissock, owner of Kissock Horse Center with her husband, Jim. “Young people learn the responsibility of caring for an animal, which leads to responsibility for things that come up later in their lives. Horses are fed twice a day; they need to have their pens cleaned and need a vet and farrier (horseshoer). Spending time with horses and other farm animals helps children get away from their computers and phones, and enjoy the great outdoors.” Every June, Joani and her capable assistants hold a five-day horse camp for 12 kids at their ranch in Butte. The young people bring their horses and spend the entire time at the ranch, staying overnight in tents and campers. “It’s a week of horsemanship,” said Joani, who has been holding the program for 20 years. “Although I teach the camp, I have wonderful assistants who have achieved so much in their young careers who share their horsemanship knowledge as well. They are positive, upbeat and always explaining something to younger riders. Participants ride two or three times a day and we teach them how to build a partnership with their horse. They learn how their horse thinks and the proper cues to connect with their horse. Whether a child shows, rodeos, games or trail rides, they need to know how to have a fundamental ability of being a good rider. In addition, the camp offers camaraderie and life-long friendships.” Prior to their arrival, students fill out paperwork that asks, “What are your goals? What are your riding challenges, and what is the best thing about your horse?” 44

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“I explain that it’s essential to set goals, and if you follow your directions for those goals, many achievable things will come your way,” Joani said. During the week, students review the parts of the horse, breeds of horses, colors of horses, tack, knowledge of good tack, how to correctly saddle and mount and how to “soften” your horse from five different areas, including the head and neck, shoulder, poll (top of head), barrel (torso) and hip. “We work to give your horse a better understanding of your body language and what you’re asking them to do,” Joani explains. “Students learn about safety around a horse, and that builds friendship and trust for that animal.” Kissock Horse Center’s summer camp is designed for children with their own horse. Every horse has a separate pen and each child takes care of their horse throughout the week.



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Joani makes every child feel that their horse is fantastic and builds on that throughout the week. “This camp is all about how to teach their horse to respect them. We want students to see themselves as the horse’s partner and teacher, not a passenger on the horse. At the end of the week, the parents come and watch their children demonstrate what they have learned. I love this week.” For 2022, the youth horsemanship camp is scheduled for the third week of June. Joani and Jim’s love for horses is shared by their daughters, Erin and Britt, who own and enjoy their own horses and are often part of the Kissock Horse Center amateur group at shows. For more information, visit www.

Register now for summer camps on our website! 2477 W. Main St. | 522.9087 |

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Summer Lunch Puzzle Solving the


Running through sprinklers, playing with friends, exploring the outdoors…summer fun keeps kids happy, healthy and hungry. As you send your young ones off to camp or other activities this summer, you want to pack them lunches and snacks that will fuel their adventures and keep their spirits up throughout the long days – and you want something that they will actually eat. At Gallatin Valley Farm to School, we work year-round to connect kids with healthy food, and along the way we have learned a few things about creating nutritious snacks and lunches that kids will enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite tips for summer meals on the go.

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Summer is a fantastic time to find all kinds of affordable, fresh local produce, which is great for your kids’ lunches and snacks. Local berries, sugar snap peas and fresh cherry tomatoes are usually big hits with kids. Try different things as a family throughout the season to help your kids discover what they like. The best time to try a new food is when it is at its freshest and most delicious.

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Feeding your kids nutritious lunches every day of the summer can be a LOT! Luckily, you’re not alone. In Bozeman and the surrounding area, HRDC offers free lunches to any child who would like them through their summer free lunch program at local parks, schools and other locations. These meals are nutritionally balanced, feature local products when possible, and are designed to keep kids happy and active. Learn more at


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Another way to help encourage adventurous eating is to involve kids in the process of actually getting the food. If you have access to a garden, consider growing peas, carrots, cucumbers and other kid-friendly foods to give your littles a chance to grow and harvest the veggies that will be packed into their snacks. Another option is to visit the farmers market or even the produce section of the store with your children, and let them have a say in picking out which fruits and veggies you select.

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In GVF2S camps and other programs, we prioritize involving kids in each aspect of cooking, because if they are given a chance to be creative with their food then they are more likely to eat and enjoy it. One of our most popular snacks, “garden on a cracker,” allows their imaginations to run wild, and is easy to make with anything you have around and pack in lunches for kids to assemble themselves. Another great recipe is spring rolls, which can be customized with any fillings you want to include and can be something children create themselves to pack in their lunchbox.

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Garden on a Cracker Recipe Ingredients:


Ç 1 or 2 thin rice cakes, large crackers

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or a slice of bread

Ç Carrots, beets, greens, cucumbers

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or other vegetables harvested from the garden

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Ç Hummus, pesto, homemade

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» Grate or slice vegetables into small pieces » Spread hummus or goat cheese on the rice cakes, crackers or slice of bread » Add herbs and vegetables on top of the hummus or goat cheese in the pattern of

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a garden to make your own garden on a cracker, or get creative with your designs

» Assemble yourself or send the individual parts so that kids can assemble their creation at lunch

Spring Roll Recipe Ingredients:

Ç Rice paper wrappers Ç Cooked rice noodles or rice Ç Vegetables of your choice: carrots,

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lettuce, peppers, radishes or whatever you like

Ç Cooked protein of your choice (optional)

Ç Fresh herbs of your choice (optional) Directions:

» Chop all ingredients before starting to roll the spring roll. » Prepare a bowl with warm water and lay one rice paper at a time in the water for 20-30 seconds, or until soft. Be careful to not let the rice paper get too soft.

» Lay the softened rice paper on a cutting board. Place rice or noodles and the other vegetables and proteins in the center. Be careful not to overfill!

» To roll: start by folding the sides over the filling. With the edge closest to you, roll the wrapper up and over the filling and keep rolling until it is completely closed.

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Camps M-TH, 9am-3pm at the Story Mansion

Camps offered in Spanish, Mandarin, German, French & Arabic! Camps are filled with dynamic storytelling, cultural activities, fun games, traditional cooking and more, all with a focus on having fun while learning!

» Serve with peanut sauce, soy sauce or other dipping sauce of your choice (optional).

» Wrap in plastic wrap or put in a reusable container to send in lunch on the go. Stephanie Laporte Potts is the Executive Director of Gallatin Valley Farm to School, mother of a 5-month-old, avid home gardener and amateur cook. You can contact her at

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2022 Camp Dates: Session 1: June 20-23 Session 2: June 27-30 Session 3: July 11-14 Session 4: July 18-21

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Summertime is arguably the best time of the year – especially if you’re an 8-year-old who’s finally free from school, homework and endless days spent indoors.


The YMCA loves summertime because they get to spend the whole summer with the children in our community – helping them learn new things, explore new environments and grow their physical, social-emotional and cognitive skills. From unique field trips and educational games to activities that encourage socialemotional learning and more – campers are involved and having fun the whole day. YMCA summer camps are a fun and engaging way for your child to spend their summer. They strive to not only create amazing memories and foster new and lasting friendships, but also to assist in your child’s continued development. Using STEAM and social-emotional learning programs, camp counselors help lead campers through problem-solving, emotion management and new social interactions that prepare them for the upcoming school year. Camp and its programs are curated to best fit the needs of the campers’ specific age groups. The Gallatin Valley YMCA summer camp programs ensure that kids can progress from grades kindergarten through seventh and continue to learn new things and have various adventures through the years. Camper favorites include Snapology – an engaging STEAM activity with motorized and robotic coding projects using LEGO bricks; team building games (which challenge campers to work together as a team), and educational field trips, which take campers to places like local farms, the Museum of the Rockies, the Montana Science Center and more.

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In addition to making camp a place where kids can be free to express themselves and grow both educationally and as individuals, the YMCA also strives to make camp attainable for every child, regardless of ability, background or economic status. They never turn anyone away for inability to pay. That is why the Gallatin Valley YMCA gives out several scholarships every year to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend camp. Each summer YMCA camps welcome hundreds of unique campers to experience summer fun at its best. Making new friends, learning new skills and having new adventures are just some of the wonderful things your child will experience at summer camp.

Menstrual Cups

An Option for Your Summer Camper WRITTEN BY MORGAN COMEY

What’s with menstrual cups anyway? Are they just for adults? Should/can my teen use one at summer camp? Cups can be a great option at summer camp. They’re light, small and are more discreet than pads or tampons. Cups can be used for many hours, letting your child spend more time doing camp activities and less time managing their period. However, menstrual cups require practice, and patience. Read on to learn how to use them and the advantages and quirks to be aware of. For more general tips on menstruation at camp, see my article in the last issue.

How do cups work?

Invented in the mid-1930s, menstrual cups (originally made of rubber) were very unpopular. Today, bell-shaped menstrual cups are made of silicone. These small cups collect menstrual blood rather than absorbing it (like tampons or pads). To use, fold or pinch, then insert into the vagina. The cup must unfold to make a seal against the vaginal wall. This may require the user to rotate the cup or smooth with a finger to ensure an adequate seal. When properly inserted, it shouldn’t leak or cause any discomfort. Menstrual cups can be worn up to 12 hours (versus 8 hours for tampons), and they often hold more blood than tampons or pads. To empty, break the seal first, then grip the cup at the base with two fingers and remove. Avoid pulling directly on the stem (at the base of each cup). After removal, empty the cup into a toilet or sink, rinse with clean water and re-insert. In a pinch, wiping the cup with toilet paper is acceptable. Between periods, sanitize according to the manufacturer’s instructions – usually by boiling the cup or washing it with a mild, fragrance-free soap. Store cups in a cotton bag to allow airflow.


Menstrual cups are tricky at first. They require practice, intimacy with one’s body and tend to leak if not inserted properly. For some teens, this steep learning curve is not worth it, but for others, the benefits outweigh the initial awkwardness. Liners can supplement a leaky cup during the learning process. Your teen should definitely practice for a few cycles before heading to camp. Camp may lack privacy for your teen to clean their cup. Single occupancy bathrooms are ideal, so check out their camp facilities ahead of time. There are multiple sizes (mostly width). If your teen’s cup is too big, it will be uncomfortable. Additionally, the stem of the cup shouldn’t

extend beyond the opening of the vagina. Stems can be trimmed. Use a small amount of water-based lubricant or try different folding techniques if insertion is difficult or uncomfortable.



Menstrual cups (due to the absence of absorbent materials) lower your teen’s risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare bacterial infection associated with tampons. Clean hands also minimize possibility of infection. Let’s be real, some of our kids’ hygiene takes a plunge when we aren’t looking. If you child is especially neglectful about hand hygiene in everyday life, a cup might not the best option. Menstrual cups are reusable and eco-friendly. According to Clarkson University, the major environmental benefit comes from reducing raw materials and less manufacturing. One cup has the same production impact as 20 pads and some menstrual cups last for 10 years! Plus, almost zero trash. They are also a smart investment. Despite the initial high price ($20-$40), they save people money after the first year with the average person currently spending $50-$150 on menstrual products annually.

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And of course, for our summer camp kiddos, an important benefit is swimming, mess-free and without that pesky tampon string trying to hang out of their swimsuit.

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Help your teen follow Leave No Trace (LNT) guidelines and take care of waste properly. With cups, there is no trash to pack out! All menstrual blood needs to be buried 6 to 8-inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, campsites and trails to protect animals. Teach your teen to bring water and soap to their cathole for hand washing and cup cleaning. They can put water, their menstrual cup and a drop of soap into a larger cup with a lid and then just shake or pour directly from their water bottle. If they prefer wipes, make sure they’re safe for genitals, and remind them to pack them out instead of burying them. Menstrual cups aren’t for everyone, but they are gaining traction, and more young people are trying them without ever using tampon. If your teen is considering a menstrual cup, now is the time to practice. After all, summer camp is just around the corner.

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submit listings now @ $50 per activity listing featured in print & the online activity finder through June 1, 2022 in forest crafts and games and explore nature on a scavenger hunt along the trails of Glen Lake Rotary Park.

» April 15 - Rainbow Camp (Belgrade & Manhattan) Campers will learn about clouds, rain, thunder, lightning and rainbows. Kids will have their heads in the clouds while they learn through arts and crafts and hands-on science experiments.

Barracudas Spring Splash Camp Ç 1121 W. Main St. Ç Ç 830-308-8593 Ç Ç Ç bozemanbarracudas

Splash Camp for ages 5-10 will be held at the Bozeman Swim Center, March 29-April 1 from 4-5 p.m. Founded in the late 1960’s, the Bozeman Barracuda Swim Team has provided children of the Gallatin Valley the opportunity to learn, engage and compete in swimming for more than 50 years. Whether your child has just figured out how to kick and float, wants to be more competitive in high school or is pursuing Olympic dreams, the Barracudas have a place for them. An emphasis on technique, graduated levels of instruction and training gives kids a chance to progress at their own pace. The Barracudas maintain a team of 160-200 swimmers, ages 5-22.

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Manhattan) Campers will be learning about life in the forest. They will gain knowledge about their favorite forest animals, participate in forest crafts and games and explore nature on a scavenger hunt along the trails of Glen Lake Rotary Park.

School’s Out Days can be the best when you enroll in the Y’s PIR-day programs. Participants spend time outside (so bring appropriate clothing), learn new things, meet new friends and visit different parts of our beautiful community. Each day offers different themes, certain to engage and entertain your student. PIR-day programs run from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and are filled with educational projects, arts and crafts, games and physical activities that help kids move, meet new friends and expand their horizons. All PIR-day programs are supervised by CPR/first aid-trained staff that enjoys helping kids.

» March 14-18 - Spring Break Adventure

Land Adventures are a regular part of this spring break experience. During this week, campers will explore nature, experience treasure hunts, go sledding, go bowling, do some arts and crafts and more.

» April 7 - Rainbow Camp (Bozeman)

Campers will learn about clouds, rain, thunder, lightning and rainbows. Kids will have their heads in the clouds while they learn through arts and crafts and handson science experiments.

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» April 18 - Discover the Forest (Belgrade &

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MOSS PIR Days Ç Museum of the Rockies Ç 600 W. Kagy Blvd. Ç Ç 406-582-0526 Ç Ç


Ç Keep the learning up, even when school’s out. MOSS, in partnership with the Museum of the Rockies, offers science-based camps held during PIR days throughout the school year.

» March 14-18 - Spring Break - All Things

Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park is a wonderland of waterfalls, geysers and wildlife and, during this spring break camp, we’re going to explore it all from the comfort of our own backyard.

We’ll discover all of the elements that make Yellowstone unique, including the hidden gems you might not learn from a quick visit (like all about thermophiles!). From the geologic story to wildlife behavior today, we’re going deep beneath the surface of our first national park.

» April 7 & 8 - Adventures in Biomimicry As

we explore MOR’s exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), we’ll learn about technologies that extend natural human abilities. Then we’ll delve into other technologies that mimic animal characteristics and natural patterns in the outdoors. Each PIR day will be full of creative thinking for biomimicry challenges and reallife applications, so sign-up for both.

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Science PIR Day Camps Ç Montana Science Center Ç 2744 W. Main St. Ç Ç 406-522-9087 Ç Ç Ç When school is out, science camps are in! Join Montana Science Center for a day camp full of hands-on experiences, guest presenters and time in the high-tech makerspace, STEAMlab.

» March 18-20 - Spring Break Camp: Magic

Camp Explore the science behind magic tricks with guest presenters from the Magic Society. Three days of MAGIC fun!

» April 7 - Become a Scientist! April is Citizen

Science Month, which means it’s time to get out, discover the world around you, and submit your own findings to help scientists with research - all around the world!

» April 8 - What Makes a Kite Fly? Celebrate National Kite Day by learning the physics behind kite flying. Then, build a better kite that might fly higher and farther!

Heart and Hand Center

is inviting you to join us for Summertime Fun at our Day Camps & Retreats! Horses, Hiking, Art, Drumming, Yoga All for you at the K-J Ranch just East of Bozeman!

Where Kids, Teens & Adults can get away from the hectic pace of life, relax and rejuvenate at our beautiful Mountain Ranch. Our Day Camps & Adult Week-end Retreats will give you time to enjoy nature, hike, be with horses, make art, and relax in the fresh invigorating Montana mountain air. — 2022 ADULT WEEK-END RETREATS —

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Kids’ Camp I - June 20-24 10-4 daily (ages 8-12) Kids’ Camp II - July 11-15 10-4 daily (ages 10-13) Back to School Camp - Aug 1-5 10-4 daily (ages 10-14) Learn more at: IG: heartandhandcentermt FB: heartandhandcenter Offices: 111 Grand, Suite 275 – Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman K-J Ranch: 20010 Bridger Hollow Road, Bozeman 406.587.4036 Email:

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Early Learning Center Family Promise of Gallatin Valley is thrilled to announce the grand opening of Rising Stars Early Learning Center, located at 1603 Tschache Ln. Family Promise’s Rising Stars Early Learning Center will provide child care and educational opportunities to 96 children, ages 0-5, from families of all income levels. Family Promises’ Rising Stars educators believe that each student’s biological characteristics and environment help shape their process of development and learning. Rising Stars is a play-based, sensory guided center using cooperative techniques to foster each child’s inner drive for learning and to uncover their innate strengths and abilities. “The families served by Family Promise should never have to choose between paying their rent or providing high-quality accredited learning opportunities to their children,” according to Christel Chvilicek, Executive Director of Family Promise. "In 2021, 70% of the families in the shelter program were led by single mothers. After paying for housing, there is little left for child care, food and other essential expenses. As a nonprofit dedicated to empowering families, there is no denying the immense, immediate and lasting benefits of early childhood care. We believe that providing safe, affordable, high quality child care is essential in our fight against family homelessness." To learn more about how Family Promise empowers homeless families with children to achieve self-sufficiency through education, partnerships, services and advocacy, contact us or visit our website at

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Lone Peak Pediatric Therapy is Here for Your Child WRITTEN BY LORI JO BERG

Imagine walking into a place where a team of compassionate and highly trained specialists are waiting to help your child with whatever challenges they are facing, be they physical or neurological. That place is Lone Peak Pediatric Therapy, which opened its doors right here in Bozeman in February of 2021. They provide speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy services. The list of conditions they treat is a mile long, but some of the most common are:

» Neurological issues such as autism » Developmental delays - physical and neurological

» Apraxia » Breastfeeding, swallowing and eating difficulties

» Gait analysis for musculoskeletal issues » ADHD and sensory issues » Visual perceptual challenges » Fine and visual motor challenges » Custom orthotics and wheelchair fittings » Sleep apnea One of the unique things about this clinic is its commitment to collaborating with other healthcare providers. Lone Peak Pediatrics works with medical doctors, teachers, 56

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audiologists, school therapists and dieticians to name a few – all to provide the very best foundation for healing and growth. The clinic is made up of a group of specialists, all trained in something a bit different, who have the ability to take on the most medically complex cases. In fact, people drive from all over the state to receive the specific care they need. Lone Peak Pediatric Therapy also has the only scoliosis specialist (using Schroth Method) in the state. Let’s not forget about the custom orthotics molded right in the clinic, which are made to precisely fit the child and enhance mobility for a variety of conditions. A promising area is the implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools. The goal here is to provide a means of enhancing one’s communication abilities, via no tech (e.g., head nods or gestures), low-tech (e.g., pen and paper, alphabet board or pictures/symbols), and/ or mid-tech or high-tech modalities (e.g., single-button switch, tablet or computer, often utilizing speech output). Individuals of all ages can learn to use AAC systems to support their verbal expression, or in extreme cases, completely replace their verbal expression. Those who may benefit include, but are not limited to, individuals with autism, apraxia

of speech, hearing loss, developmental or neurological disorders and more. This community-centered, hands-on clinic has seen kids walk when they were told they never would. They’ve seen kids consume food, where months prior, they would gag, vomit or choke on anything near the mouth. They have seen families walk away with a different child than when they first walked through the doors. Lone Peak Pediatric Therapy continues to push the boundaries with their dedication to increasing continuing education and specialties, so they have the knowledge to support more complex cases as the valley grows. If you’re wondering if Lone Peak a good fit for your child between the ages of 0 and 21, you can schedule a free consultation first. All major insurance is accepted. The office is located at 205 Haggerty Ln., Suite 260. Occupational therapy services are also provided in Big Sky. You can schedule online or call for an appointment and the friendly staff will help answer your questions. As parents, we all just want our children to be happy and healthy. Thankfully, resources like Lone Peak Pediatric Therapy are here to help make that happen. Lori Jo is a Montana native, mother of three and freelance writer who enjoys writing about the tougher side of life and connecting with her audience on a deeper level.

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Sometimes the smallest things that can make the greatest difference. Two years ago, when the pandemic first rocked our world, Courtnie Shatwell had to cancel her son’s birthday party. Desperate for an alternative, she thought about getting a huge birthdaythemed yard sign like a friend in Denver had done for her son. There was just one problem: she couldn’t find anything like that around town. Fast forward almost two years, and Courtnie has her Sign Gypsies business up in full force here in Bozeman and the surrounding area. With more than 800 locations nationwide, it’s the largest and fastest-growing yard greeting company in the U.S.

Birthdays, anniversaries, sports accomplishments, Mother’s or Father’s Day – you name it and Courtnie has a sign for you. The process is as simple as deciding what you want the sign to say, customizing it with a few details, and submitting the order online. (Super-specific signs may need to be ordered and shipped, so make sure to plan accordingly.)


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The rest is done for you as Sign Gypsies sets up and takes down the signs. The typical rental time is 24 hours with a 48-hour cancellation period. The signs are weatherproof and made of durable, high-quality material. If you’ve lived in Montana long, you may be thinking, “What about the weather?”

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Yes, let’s not forget about the wind. Most things aren’t made to withstand 40 MPH wind, so that is taken into consideration when it’s time to put the sign up in your yard. And when the ground is frozen, the signs sit on stands above the ground. One of the greatest things about Sign Gypsies is that friends, neighbors and strangers alike get to share a little piece of that celebration as we drive by. Who doesn’t need a little more of that in their life? In fact, it’s Courtnie’s favorite thing about owning and operating Sign Gypsies. The messages and pictures she receives make it all worth it. Head on over to and enter in your zip code to get started. And remember, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Be sure to follow Sign Gypsies on Instagram and Facebook for updates and current promotions.

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The signs are customizable, which is a bit different from most other sign companies. If your daughter likes cupcakes, volleyball and the color red, there is one just for her. If your son likes soccer, animals and the color green, there’s one for him too.

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Physician Leading NASA-funded Study of the Effects of Space Travel on Blood Cells Hansjorg Schwertz, MD, PhD, an Occupational Medicine physician at Billings Clinic Bozeman, hopes that someday soon he’ll get to watch a NASA spacecraft launch in person with his children and share an important life lesson.

When it happens, that rocket will be carrying a NASA-funded experiment, led by Dr. Schwertz in collaboration with a team from the University of Utah, where he is also an Adjunct Faculty, to the International Space Station (ISS). It will look at the effects of space travel on certain blood cells and could have implications on the health and well-being of astronauts for the travel and exploration of space. The study is one of 10 space biology research projects selected by NASA in 2021 to expand understanding of how living systems respond, adapt and acclimate to the space environment. The team working with Dr. Schwertz, who is serving as primary investigator, consists of two co-investigators and technicians, all highly qualified and invested, and based out of the University of Utah. The study will look at the effects of space flight, microgravity and space radiation on megakaryocytes, which are the cells in the bone marrow responsible for making platelets. Platelets are small circulating blood cells, which aid in stopping bleeding events and coordinate responses to infectious disease, but can also induce blood clots if overly activated.

“I want to hold my kids’ hands and watch that rocket go up,” Dr. Schwertz said. “I want them to see that and to tell them that you can fulfill your dreams if you push through and really love what you do. It’s about showing them that you can accomplish things if you follow your passion. But in addition, you need somebody believing in you, like my wife, who never gave up on me and my dream of having one of my experiments flying to orbit.”


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In addition to the flight experiments, ground control studies will be performed, including the simulation of the exposure to galactic cosmic rays. The studies will generate unprecedented insight into the adaptation processes needed for megakaryocytes and platelets to function under conditions experienced by humans during space flight. Furthermore, the research team hopes to directly address health concerns of crew

and commercial passengers that currently limit human space exploration, which could assist in developing specific countermeasures to those concerns. Specifically, results generated by the NASAfunded study could help to address the function of the immune system, dysregulated inflammatory reactions and inadvertent blood clot development in space crews. “Our results will hopefully have implications for professional astronauts on low Earth orbit, but also for when we travel out farther,” Dr. Schwertz said. “In addition, this could have applications for space tourism. You have to remember, it takes a lot of resources to train people and get them up there, so you don’t want to have anything medically happening, especially if it would have been preventable.” The research team is already performing ground-based experiments at the University of Utah to establish protocols needed for the eventual flight experiment. Next steps will include working with NASA on flight hardware assessments and continuing the preparation work for the experiment on the international space station, which could take up to a year. “It’s a different kind of mindset than I ever experienced because this experiment is going to space,” Dr. Schwertz said. “I told my team, ‘We have to think in terms of space.’ When you dive into it, all of the experiments have to be set up for a totally new environment, new hardware, new everything. But at the same time, we have to keep in mind for whom we do it. You have to think about how astronauts are impacted by spaceflight, what happens to them up there? And we have to focus on how we can protect them better.” Learn more about the NASA biology project by visiting nasa%3Dselects-10-space-biology-research-projects-that-willenable-organisms-to-thrive-in-deep-space.


Early Literacy and Reading Readiness in Bozeman

The Bozeman School District, in partnership with the Bozeman Schools Foundation, recently launched a new early literacy program. Through “Bozeman Reads” the district hopes to help parents and child care providers throughout Bozeman better prepare children for their educational careers. “In Bozeman, 31% of students entering kindergarten this year are below the benchmark for requisite literacy skills,” notes Interim Superintendent Casey Bertram, who championed both the Bozeman Reads program and the district’s hiring of an early literacy specialist. “Studies show that a child is 90% more likely to remain a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade if the child is a poor reader at the end of first grade – which is why we can’t wait for kindergarten to begin the learning process.” The district’s approach to early literacy is grounded in the latest research, known broadly as the “science of reading,” and built on the philosophy that parents are their children’s first teachers. While Bozeman Read’s message of “Play, Talk, Read” might seem simple, Bozeman School District experts know that connecting with parents and children before they enter school can make a huge difference. “Cognitive processes develop rapidly in the first few years of life. In fact, by age 3, roughly 85% of the brain is developed,” notes Megan Roth, the district’s Early Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). “However, traditional education takes place in grades K-12, which begin at age 5.”

Because of the importance of this early phase in a child’s development, Bozeman Reads is targeting families with preschool-aged children for the first phase of its programming. Roth is hosting a series of interactive Family Nights at Hyalite, Irving, Whittier and Emily Dickson elementary schools over the next few years. Parents with children between the ages of 1 and 4 are invited to spend an evening learning and playing together while they share a meal with other families. Parents and caregivers of young children can register for an upcoming Bozeman Reads Family Night at


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Using interactive materials developed by the Lee Pesky Foundation – including placemats, dry erase markers and brightly colored teddy bear figures known as “manipulatives” – parents are shown how to engage their children in simple and easy ways during meals. Each family attending Family Night receives a gift bag with their own placemats, markers and manipulatives. The Bozeman Schools Foundation raised more than $45,000 in community support to launch this new program. “Bozeman is a community that values education and really cares about the next generation of students,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director, Jennifer Lammers. “Generous support from the Bozeman Noon Rotary, Langlas & Associates and Wentana, LLC – Billings-based Wendy’s franchisee for restaurants across Montana – made Bozeman Reads possible.”

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How do you assert your need for space when you have littles?

First of all, I want to take a moment to say good for you, for acknowledging and honoring your needs during these parenting years. I find many parents struggle with feeling “selfish” if they name their own wants and needs, yet giving 100% every day can leave us feeling empty. In 2018 a survey of 2,000 parents found the average parent gets only 32 minutes to themselves every day. Between feeding, carrying, calming, playing, many moms express feeling burnt out at the end of the day. Here are some ways you can set boundaries on your physical and emotional space:

1. Teach the “Interrupting Hand” so they can get your attention without clinging, hanging or climbing on you:

“Here’s how you can interrupt me if you need something. Put your hand on my shoulder and I will put my hand on top of yours. Then, when I am able to pause, I’ll help you. Let’s practice.” As mentioned in the February issue, it’s helpful to teach, then practice, then praise when they use that tool. 60

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2. Set boundaries (guilt-free) It’s good for your child to give friends, teachers and others personal space, right? Why not let that list include (and start with) you? The parent-child relationship is a great space to practice things like, “You ask for a hug, instead of pushing onto someone,” “You can ask a friend to play, instead of yanking his arm or pulling at his clothes,” etc. Teach it, practice it, praise when they do it.

3. Practice growing their ability to self-entertain

If they are just bidding for your attention constantly, and you have been feeling like it’s your job to keep them happy/ entertained… it’s not. It’s not your job to HAVE to watch every ride down the slide, or play with them all day. In order to grow their ability to play on their own, set expectations in advance: “I’m going to sit here and talk to my friend. Find ways to play here that won’t need mom’s help.” At home, be intentional about setting up your child in a safe space, allowing them time to practice playing on their own.

Welcome to the second month of “Ask Flora,” where you can ask your parenting questions (about children ages 2-10), to Flora McCormick, Licensed Counselor and creator of the Sustainable Parenting Mentorship.


How do you suggest parents keep their cool when working to change their kids’ behavior such as not listening? Thank you for this honest and vulnerable question. I want to offer a suggestion that’s a bit different from the usual, “Pause and take a breath.” When our kids aren’t listening, it can push so many buttons:

» Embarrassment - thinking, “Why is he doing this to me, in front of all these people?!”

» Disappointment - thinking, “Why doesn’t she seem to care about what I’m saying?”

» Overwhelmed - thinking, “Why can’t he change?”

For parents, these feelings can actually be the result of the thinking that is tied to them. When you stay stuck in asking “Why?” (either in your head or out loud), you are in a very powerless stance. That stance is focused on blame and shame, and without a powerful solution-focused stance, you’re more likely to lose your cool each time behaviors happen. Instead, I recommend finding ways to shift your “Why…” into a “What…”

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» What skills is my child lacking, and what can I do to build those skills in her?

» What boundaries may need to be more clear/consistent?

» What haven’t I tried yet (that may be out of my comfort zone)?

» What will I do…instead of what will I

MAKE my child do? (i.e., How can I follow-through on removing technology if it’s not used respectfully and turned off when I ask)?

When you take a more solution-focused stance with the problem, and find ways to focus on what you CAN control (which is you, your household’s technology, rides to special things, access to privileges, freedom to play after the chore is done, etc.), then you are in a powerstance. It’s not about having an iron fist. It’s about focusing more on creating new solutions, so you feel more empowered and equipped when those challenging moments come up. And that empowered feeling can have you keeping your cool, without any effort. I see it happen weekly! If you’re looking for ways to get more effective parenting strategies and support, there are many parenting resources in the community that can equip and empower you on this journey of parenthood. Many are included right here in Montana Parent. To get more sanity-saving strategies for parenting young kids, join Flora’s Free Facebook Group: Sustainable Parenting. Questions for the next issue or wins/questions from this issue can be submitted to A special thank you to those who submitted our first questions!

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gift card to Colombo’s



How to enter:

Look for this post on the Montana Parent Facebook page starting March 1.

1. Like the post and Tag one friend 2. Follow @MontanaParentMagazine on Facebook (if you don't already!)

3. Follow @colombospizzapasta on Facebook too!

Other info:

Enter for a chance to win a Gift Card to Colombo’s Pizza & Pasta ($100 value)! Dine-in and check out their NEW game room! Colombo’s has been serving MSU and the Bozeman area since 1985. They offer dine-in or take-out and have gluten-free options!

Winner will be chosen at random and announced April 1. Must be 18 years of age to enter.


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