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GOLD CREEK, MONTANA

A Labor of Love: Lend a Hand at Camp Make-A-Dream

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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
All projects and activities take place at Camp-Make-A-Dream, which sits at elevation of 4,956 feet

Equipment Requirements
Tools and supplies will be provided by the camp. Bring water bottle, work gloves and your own tool belt with favorite tools if you wish.

Itinerary for May 12 — May 18, 2013

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Type: Cabin

Description: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility located among scenic ranch land in the foothills of the Flint Creek Range of the Rocky Mountains near the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The group will have access to the Gold Creek Lodge, which is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley. Come early or stay longer and enjoy the many ammenities in Missoula, Montana, one of Montana's larger cities located 65 miles west of Camp Make-A-Dream. Other possible excursion options includes Garnet Ghost Town 35 miles west of the camp, or a breathtaking drive on the Pintler Scenic Loop, which is a 63 mile drive that takes you from the camp to nearby Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda. The road follows Flint Creek as it takes you by snow capped mountains, sage covered hills, pristine lakes, and open meadows.

Contact info:
90 Church Road
Gold Creek, MT 59733 USA
phone: 406-549-5987
web: www.campdream.org

Room amenities: Camp Mak-A-Dream's cabins each include three dormitory-style sleeping rooms with bunk beds and two handicap accessible bathrooms (couples will have private room and a bathroom). Each cabin has a living/common room a stone fireplace and a kitchenette. Camp Mak-A-Dream's Health Facility conference room has wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility. Gold Creek Lodge is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge, which includes a dining room with lots of windows and a large river-stone fireplace. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms per cabin, each with two stalls and two showers

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Orientation, Introductions and brief Project Over...
Arrive To: Registration in Gold Creek Lodge from 4-5 pm

Dinner: Dinner on site

Evening: Orientation and project overview by camp staff

Lodging: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility located among scenic ranch land in the foothills of the Flint Creek Range of the Rocky Mountains near the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The group will have access to the Gold Creek Lodge, which is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley. Come early or stay longer and enjoy the many ammenities in Missoula, Montana, one of Montana's larger cities located 65 miles west of Camp Make-A-Dream. Other possible excursion options includes Garnet Ghost Town 35 miles west of the camp, or a breathtaking drive on the Pintler Scenic Loop, which is a 63 mile drive that takes you from the camp to nearby Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda. The road follows Flint Creek as it takes you by snow capped mountains, sage covered hills, pristine lakes, and open meadows.

Contact info:
90 Church Road
Gold Creek, MT 59733 USA
phone: 406-549-5987
web: www.campdream.org

Room amenities: Camp Mak-A-Dream's cabins each include three dormitory-style sleeping rooms with bunk beds and two handicap accessible bathrooms (couples will have private room and a bathroom). Each cabin has a living/common room a stone fireplace and a kitchenette. Camp Mak-A-Dream's Health Facility conference room has wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility. Gold Creek Lodge is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge, which includes a dining room with lots of windows and a large river-stone fireplace. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms per cabin, each with two stalls and two showers

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Brief tour and history of Camp Make-A-Dream, proj...
Brief tour and history of Camp Make-A-Dream, project orientation and project work.

Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Project orientation, safety meeting and Camp Make A Dream brief tour. The Camp was founded in 1991 by Harry and Sylvia Granader, who donated 87 acres of their Montana ranch. A coalition of business associates and community volunteers in Missoula, Montana raised enough funds to construct the Camp facility. Harry's dream of bringing sick children to see a working Montana ranch became a reality. Camp's doors opened for the first time in 1995, welcoming 46 kids with cancer. Today, cost-free programs are offered year-round for children and families affected by cancer. Since opening its doors, Camp Make-A-Dream has welcomed more than 4,500 participants from across the United States, Canada, and several other countries. Participants will be divided into work groups according to abilities and work projects will begin.

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Volunteers will assist with projects including painting, various maintenance projects, washing windows, cleaning cabins, getting bedding ready, weeding and planting flower beds in memorial gardens, and working in mini golf course.

Dinner: Dinner on site

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility located among scenic ranch land in the foothills of the Flint Creek Range of the Rocky Mountains near the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The group will have access to the Gold Creek Lodge, which is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley. Come early or stay longer and enjoy the many ammenities in Missoula, Montana, one of Montana's larger cities located 65 miles west of Camp Make-A-Dream. Other possible excursion options includes Garnet Ghost Town 35 miles west of the camp, or a breathtaking drive on the Pintler Scenic Loop, which is a 63 mile drive that takes you from the camp to nearby Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda. The road follows Flint Creek as it takes you by snow capped mountains, sage covered hills, pristine lakes, and open meadows.

Contact info:
90 Church Road
Gold Creek, MT 59733 USA
phone: 406-549-5987
web: www.campdream.org

Room amenities: Camp Mak-A-Dream's cabins each include three dormitory-style sleeping rooms with bunk beds and two handicap accessible bathrooms (couples will have private room and a bathroom). Each cabin has a living/common room a stone fireplace and a kitchenette. Camp Mak-A-Dream's Health Facility conference room has wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility. Gold Creek Lodge is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge, which includes a dining room with lots of windows and a large river-stone fireplace. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms per cabin, each with two stalls and two showers

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Project work continues and an evening presentatio...
Project work continues and an evening presentation on Camp Make-A-Dream's history, programs, opportunities and how it reaches sick children all over the world.

Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Daily briefing. Project work with breaks. When campers experience Camp Make-A-Dream, they and their families feel safe. A critical component of Camp is a full-service, on-site health facility. The facility's isolation and treatment rooms provide for the accommodation of campers who require a high level of care, as well as for those undergoing active treatment. A dedicated, professional and experienced staff of doctors and nurses volunteer their time for each Camp session to provide advanced treatment such as IV antibiotics, oral chemotherapy and even blood transfusions

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Work projects continue

Dinner: Dinner on site

Evening: Camp staff will give a presentation on Camp Make-A-Dream's history, programs, opportunities and how it reaches sick children all over the world, and fulfills Camp founder, Harry Granader's, dream of bringing sick children to see a working Montana ranch.

Lodging: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility located among scenic ranch land in the foothills of the Flint Creek Range of the Rocky Mountains near the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The group will have access to the Gold Creek Lodge, which is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley. Come early or stay longer and enjoy the many ammenities in Missoula, Montana, one of Montana's larger cities located 65 miles west of Camp Make-A-Dream. Other possible excursion options includes Garnet Ghost Town 35 miles west of the camp, or a breathtaking drive on the Pintler Scenic Loop, which is a 63 mile drive that takes you from the camp to nearby Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda. The road follows Flint Creek as it takes you by snow capped mountains, sage covered hills, pristine lakes, and open meadows.

Contact info:
90 Church Road
Gold Creek, MT 59733 USA
phone: 406-549-5987
web: www.campdream.org

Room amenities: Camp Mak-A-Dream's cabins each include three dormitory-style sleeping rooms with bunk beds and two handicap accessible bathrooms (couples will have private room and a bathroom). Each cabin has a living/common room a stone fireplace and a kitchenette. Camp Mak-A-Dream's Health Facility conference room has wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility. Gold Creek Lodge is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge, which includes a dining room with lots of windows and a large river-stone fireplace. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms per cabin, each with two stalls and two showers

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Morning work projects and free afternoon with exc...
Morning work projects and free afternoon with excursion to historic Philipsburg, Montana.

Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Daily briefing and project work with breaks.

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Free afternoon and excursion to the historic town of Philipsburg, home of the Montana Granite County Museum and Cultural Center.

Dinner: Dinner on your own while in Philipsburg

Evening: Back to the camp after dinner for a free evening.

Lodging: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cabin

Description: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility located among scenic ranch land in the foothills of the Flint Creek Range of the Rocky Mountains near the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The group will have access to the Gold Creek Lodge, which is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley. Come early or stay longer and enjoy the many ammenities in Missoula, Montana, one of Montana's larger cities located 65 miles west of Camp Make-A-Dream. Other possible excursion options includes Garnet Ghost Town 35 miles west of the camp, or a breathtaking drive on the Pintler Scenic Loop, which is a 63 mile drive that takes you from the camp to nearby Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda. The road follows Flint Creek as it takes you by snow capped mountains, sage covered hills, pristine lakes, and open meadows.

Contact info:
90 Church Road
Gold Creek, MT 59733 USA
phone: 406-549-5987
web: www.campdream.org

Room amenities: Camp Mak-A-Dream's cabins each include three dormitory-style sleeping rooms with bunk beds and two handicap accessible bathrooms (couples will have private room and a bathroom). Each cabin has a living/common room a stone fireplace and a kitchenette. Camp Mak-A-Dream's Health Facility conference room has wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility. Gold Creek Lodge is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge, which includes a dining room with lots of windows and a large river-stone fireplace. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms per cabin, each with two stalls and two showers

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - Work projects, then late afternoon free time is a...
Work projects, then late afternoon free time is an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding area.

Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Daily briefing and project work with breaks

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Work projects and late afternoon free time for walking nearby trails, miniature golf, resting or.......

Dinner: Dinner on site

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility located among scenic ranch land in the foothills of the Flint Creek Range of the Rocky Mountains near the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. The group will have access to the Gold Creek Lodge, which is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley. Come early or stay longer and enjoy the many ammenities in Missoula, Montana, one of Montana's larger cities located 65 miles west of Camp Make-A-Dream. Other possible excursion options includes Garnet Ghost Town 35 miles west of the camp, or a breathtaking drive on the Pintler Scenic Loop, which is a 63 mile drive that takes you from the camp to nearby Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda. The road follows Flint Creek as it takes you by snow capped mountains, sage covered hills, pristine lakes, and open meadows.

Contact info:
90 Church Road
Gold Creek, MT 59733 USA
phone: 406-549-5987
web: www.campdream.org

Room amenities: Camp Mak-A-Dream's cabins each include three dormitory-style sleeping rooms with bunk beds and two handicap accessible bathrooms (couples will have private room and a bathroom). Each cabin has a living/common room a stone fireplace and a kitchenette. Camp Mak-A-Dream's Health Facility conference room has wireless high-speed Internet access.

Facility amenities: Participants will be staying on site at the Camp Make A Dream's 87-acre Gold Creek facility. Gold Creek Lodge is the 11,000-square-foot main lodge, which includes a dining room with lots of windows and a large river-stone fireplace. The lodge features an activity room with ping-pong and pool tables, foosball and a large-screen TV. An expansive terrace, with a large hot tub and swimming pool, wraps around the lodge and overlooks the valley.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms per cabin, each with two stalls and two showers

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 17 - Work projects wind up, reflections and closing
Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Daily briefing and project work

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Work projects wind up. Time to reflect on a job well done, bid a reluctant goodbye to Camp Make-A-Dream and all it offers to children and families affected by cancer.

Dinner: Dinner on site

Evening: Final presentation of stories and pictures reflects the many life changing experiences that happen during a summer at Camp. Highlighted are the many volunteers who help to provide a medically supervised, cost-free Montana experience in an intimate community setting for children, young adults and families affected by cancer.

Lodging: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, May 18 - Packing up and final cleaning of the rooms stayed...
Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Participants pack up their belongings for departure then clean their rooms so camp is ready for the campers.

Brunch: 10:45 am grab-n-go brunch. Shuttle leaves at 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
Butte behind the campWalkers can take off right from Camp Make-A-Dream and head to the top of the butte behind the camp. The 3/4 mile walk to the top of the butte will offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding Flint Mountains.
Mini GolfParticipants will have access to the mini golf course right on the Camp's site
For additional information, visit: www.campdream.org
PhilipsburgThe small quaint Montana town of Philipsburg has evolved into a community with a restored sense of history. The town and surrounding valley offer opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, shoppers, ghost town explorers, family vacations and reunions, and for those who want to get away to relax in the mountains of Philipsburg. Visit and learn for yourself why Philipsburg was recently chosen by The National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations.
Scenic driveA breathtaking 63 mile drive on the Pintler Scenic Loop takes you from the camp through the nearby Montana towns of Drummond, Philipsburg and Anaconda. The road follows Flint Creek skirting snow capped mountains, sage covered hills, pristine lakes and open meadows.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
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