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

Program Number: 20800RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2013 - 5/18/2013; 5/11/2014 - 5/17/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Gold Creek, Montana
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Camp Make-A-Dream offers a unique escape for children, young adults and families affected by cancer by providing a medically supervised, cost-free, community camp experience in beautiful Montana. Campers at Camp Make-A-Dream can enjoy a week of normalcy and a chance to connect and make new friends with others facing similar challenges. Play a vital role in the camp’s inspiring work as you help to prepare Camp Make-A-Dream for the upcoming season through painting, cleaning, gardening, maintenance and carpentry.




Highlights

• Work behind the scenes to ready the camp to welcome and make a difference in the lives of many sick children and their families during a very difficult time.
• Serve in a capacity best-suited to your ability, be it cleaning, gardening, painting or carpentry.
• In the evening after a day’s work, hear stories of the many lives changed through a week at Camp Make-A-Dream and experience local history and your beautiful surroundings on an excursion to a historic town.



Activity Particulars

Entire camp handicapped-accessible. Walking no more than one-quarter mile. All work projects physical; cleaning, gardening less active than painting, maintenance, carpentry projects. Volunteers work at their own with as many breaks as needed.



Camp Mak-A-Dream will be celebrating its 20th Aniversary this summer of 2014!




Date Specific Information

5-12-2013

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5-11-2014

Camp Mak-A-Dream will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this summer of 2014. Join other Road Scholar participants and camp staff as you help prepare the camp for its 20th year of service to children and families dealing with terminal illness.



Coordinated by University of Montana Western.




Gold Creek

Located in southwestern Montana between Butte and Missoula, Gold Creek, as its name suggests, was where gold was first found in what is now Montana, resulting in an influx of prospectors who helped open the West to white settlers. It was here that former president Ulysses S. Grant drove the spike that completed the Northern Pacific Railway in 1883.



Accommodations
Camp Make-A-Dream cabins, each with three dormitory-style sleeping rooms with bunk beds and two handicapped- accessible bathrooms (couples will have private room and a bathroom), as well as a common room, stone fireplace and kitchenette.
Meals and Lodgings
   Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
  Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT 6 nights
 Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: There are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms per cabin, each with two stalls and two showers
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00-5:00 pm registration You will be staying at Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT that night.
  End of Program:
Airport shuttle departs at 11 am with grab-n-go brunch You will be staying at Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
  Nearest city or town:  Deer Lodge, MT
  Nearest highway: Interstate 90
  Nearest airport:  Missoula, MT
  From End of Program
  Location: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Missoula, MT

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
University of Montana Western Road Scholar
phone: 406-683-7302
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Call University of Montana Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302 at least one week in advance to make shuttle reservations; call Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm, Mountain Time. Group shuttle departs airport for work site at 2 pm. If your flight schedule does not allow you to take advantage of the group shuttle, you may rent a car at the Missoula airport.

 

Missoula, MT

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
University of Montana Western Road Scholar
phone: 406-683-7302
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Call University of Montana Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302 at least one week in advance to make group shuttle reservations; call Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm, Mountain Time. Group shuttle departs work site for airport at 11 am; allow 1 1/2 hours.

 
Driving Directions
  Bozeman to Camp Mak-A-Dream From Bozeman take I-90 West toward Butte/Helena for approximately 140 miles. Take EXIT 166 toward Gold Creek. Turn right onto Church Rd (Portions unpaved). Take the 1st left onto Camp Mak-A-Dream Rd (Portions unpaved) to 727 CAMP MAK A DREAM RD. If you reach the end of Church Rd you've gone about 2.1 miles too far
  Butte, MT to Camp Mak-A Dream Take I-90 West approximately 57 miles. Take EXIT 166 toward Gold Creek. Turn right onto Church Rd (Portions unpaved). Take the 1st left onto Camp Mak-A-Dream Rd (Portions unpaved) to 727 CAMP MAK A DREAM RD. If you reach the end of Church Rd you've gone about 2.1 miles too far
  Coeur D'Alene to Camp Mak-A-Dream Take I-90 East toward Kellogg/Missoula (Crossing into Montana). Pass Missoula to EXIT 166 toward Gold Creek (257 miles). Turn right onto Gold Creek Rd. Turn right onto Church Rd. Take the 1st left onto Camp Mak-A-Dream Rd (Portions unpaved--If you reach the end of Church Rd you've gone about 2.1 miles too far) to 727 CAMP MAK A DREAM RD.
  Idaho Falls, ID to Camp Mak-A-Dream From Idaho Falls take I-15 North toward Roberts/Butte (Crossing into Montana). Merge onto I-90 W via EXIT 121 on the left toward Missoula. Travel approximatels 52 miles and take EXIT 166 toward Gold Creek. Turn left onto Gold Creek Rd. Turn right onto Church Rd. Take the 1st left onto Camp Mak-A-Dream Rd (Portions unpaved--If you reach the end of Church Rd you've gone about 2.1 miles too far) to 727 CAMP MAK A DREAM RD.
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation, Introductions and brief Project Overview.
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Arrive To: Registration in Gold Creek Lodge from 4-5 pm
 Dinner: Dinner on site
 Evening: Orientation and project overview by camp staff
   
Accommodations: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Brief tour and history of Camp Make-A-Dream, project orientation and project work.
(Monday, May 13)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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.
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning work projects and free afternoon with excursion to historic Philipsburg, Montana.
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Work projects, then late afternoon free time is an opportunity to enjoy the surrounding area.
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Work projects wind up, reflections and closing
(Friday, May 17)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Packing up and final cleaning of the rooms stayed in during the week.
(Saturday, May 18)
   
 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 camp
Walkers 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 Golf
Participants will have access to the mini golf course right on the Camp's site For additional information, visit www.campdream.org
  Philipsburg
The 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 drive
A 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Very Close to Trouble - The Johnny Grant Memoir


Author: Johnny Grant, Author; Lyndel Meikle, Author/Editor


Description: Johnny Grant's memoirs have been edited here to focus on his life in the 1850s and '60s when he spent time on the western Montana frontier as an early pioneer and trader. The short chapters are packed with eyewitness accounts of frontier life for a real life glimpse into rough and tumble times - hangings, gold discovery, the Mormon uprising of 1857 and more.



Montana, High Wide and Handsome


Author: Joseph Kinsey Howard


Description: This classic history by one of Montana's most talented, influential and significant authors was first published in 1943. A spirited, appreciative testimony to the great prairie, its indigenous peoples, geography, climate, turf battles, economy and environment, the book became an unquestioned landmark in Montana’s literary history and is considered by many to be the most influential and evocative work every published about the state’s past. This new edition includes a preface by A. B. Guthrie, Jr. and an introduction by William Kittredge



A Day Late and a Dollar Short


Author: Spike Van Cleve


Description: Gloriously written short stories of ranching in days gone by for nuances of Montana - poignant, funny, real. Read this before you come to Big Sky Country. The author was born on the family ranch in 1912, attended Harvard University and returned to Montana where he and his wife, Barbara, continued to ranch and to operate the historic LAZY K BAR Dude Ranch. Among other offices, he served as president of the Dude Ranchers Association and as chairman of the board of trustees and a director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. For his most poignant and lovely story in this collection, Cody and Terry, and for the movie documentary, Spike-Montana Horseman he was awarded Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame



Montana Pay-Dirt: A Guide to the Mining Camps of the Treasure State


Author: Muriel Sibell Wolle


Description: This history of Montana's most famous mining camps is accurately and thoroughly chronicled via Wolle's extensive archival research, fascinating interviews with old timers and her first-person stories. The sites were researched and visited in the early 1950s and include wonderful narrative of the author's explorations and adventures in the backroads of Montana's mountains. Wolle, a talented artist, illustrated this book with her 'handsome sketches of ghost town streetscapes.' The book endures as a standard history of Montana's mining frontier.



The Last Best Place, A Montana Anthology


Author: William Kittredge & Annick Smith, editors


Description: This anthology preserves Montana's rich literary heritage from myths and stories of the earliest Native American inhabitants to works of contemporary authors. Read accounts written by early explorers and visitors including Lewis and Clark, Osborne Russell and James Audubon and by miners, cowboys and settlers. This literature that has been birthed in the Last Best Place - diaries, essays, legends, journals, tall tales, poetry - reflects the remarkable nature of the Treasure State.



Montana Mining Ghost Towns


Author: Barbara Fifer


Description: A recording of Montana's historic and abandoned mining towns is presented through colorful images, historical photographs, newspaper excerpts and text describing life in the mining camps - prospectors, outlaws, colorful characters, vigilantes and corporate shenanigans.



Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods


Author: David Alt


Description: Discover the earth history of a huge Ice Age lake that was repeatedly created by a dam of glacial ice at the border of Montana and Idaho. Water at the dam was 2000' deep and 900' deep at Missoula, stretching more than a hundred miles up several valleys. The dam washed out resulting in huge floods across Washington and out the Columbia River Gorge to the Pacific. The dam reformed and washed out forty times or more. The author describes these events of ten to fifteen thousand years ago in layman's terms. A geology professor at the University of Montana, he co founded the popular Roadside Geology series.



This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind


Author: Ivan Doig


Description: Memories of growing up in Montana; a written painting of This House of Sky colored with affection and love of the land and the people and the words.



The Big Sky


Author: A.B. Guthrie Jr.


Description: The first of several novels of the Big Sky country; it was designated the "best novel of the American West" by the Western Literature Association. Its sequel, "The Way West," won the Pulitzer Prize. The Big Sky chronicles the fur trade era; you'll want to read the rest. You'll enjoy A.B. Guthrie, Jr.'s. fine style of writing.





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