20800
Montana
A Labor of Love: Lend a Hand at Camp Make-A-Dream
Volunteer and make a difference at Camp Make-A-Dream. Because as Emerson said, “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — that is to have succeeded.”
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Program No. 20800RJ
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7 days
6 nights
18 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Overview
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Activity note: Lodge check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come first to the Road Scholar table in the Main Lodge. Your Group Leader will have your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and will show you where your sleeping room is located. Your Group Leader will inform you when and where dinner and the Orientation session will take place. If you know you will be late, please call the emergency number in your preparatory materials and the Group Leader will be informed that you will be late. When you arrive, find your Group Leader in the Main Lodge to get your program materials.

Dinner: At the lodge, we’ll have a pre-set plated meal with coffee, tea, water included. You may bring any beverages you may wish to have during the week with you.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Service Learning program. These short-term experiences engage participants in volunteer projects to benefit the common good. Projects utilize the skills and energy of participants to meet demonstrated needs of the local and/or broader community. In addition to a significant amount of time in the specified Service Learning project and activities, participants will learn about relevant aspects of local history, culture, nature, etc., within the available time and as appropriate to the themes and settings. This program takes place before Camp Mak-A-Dream (“Make-A-Dream”) is in full operation. Service projects will consist of preparing the camp and grounds for campers who will arrive after we complete our work. Camp staff personnel will be minimal; please observe program Start and End Times and plan accordingly. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. Keep in mind this is a remote area with some leisure activities available on site. If you would want to leave the camp you would need to have your own vehicle. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholar, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Begin Project Work, Camp Mak-A-Dream Presentation
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Activity note: Working for several hours on service learning projects; particular physical requirements dependent on specific activities.

Breakfast: At the lodge, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, juice and water included.

Morning: We’ll then gather for a continuation of our project orientation with a safety meeting and a brief exploration of the Camp Mak-A-Dream (“Camp Make-A-Dream”) campus led by a camp staff member. 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 in order to realize Harry's dream of bringing sick children to see a working Montana ranch. The camp's doors opened for the first time in 1995, welcoming 46 kids with cancer and, today, cost-free programs are offered year-round for children and families affected by cancer. Since opening its doors, Camp Mak-A-Dream has welcomed more than 4,500 participants from across the United States, Canada, and several other countries. After being divided into work groups according to abilities, we’ll begin our service learning projects.

Lunch: At the lodge, we’ll have plated meals with coffee, tea, and water included.

Afternoon: Beginning during lunch, camp staff will give a presentation on Camp Mak-A-Dream's history, programs, opportunities, and how it reaches sick children all over the world to fulfill camp founder, Harry Granader's, dream of enabling sick children to see a working Montana ranch. Time for questions will follow the presentation. Afterwards, we will continue to assist with projects including painting, various maintenance projects, washing windows, cleaning cabins, getting bedding ready, weeding, and planting flower beds in memorial gardens.

Dinner: Lodge plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Project Work, Performance by Missoula Children’s Theater
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Activity note: Working for several hours on service learning projects; particular physical requirements dependent on specific activities.

Breakfast: Lodge plated meal.

Morning: After our daily briefing, we will resume our project work with breaks. When campers experience Camp Mak-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: Lodge plated meal.

Afternoon: We’ll continue with our service learning projects knowing we are getting the camp ready to serve children with terminal illness and their families.

Dinner: Lodge plated meal.

Evening: Tonight we will be treated to a performance by staff who will visit from the Missoula Children's Theater. MCT’s mission is to foster creativity and enhance innate capabilities in individuals all over the world by providing access to community-driven performing arts experiences. This theater brings the arts to all 50 states, 5 Canadian Provinces and 16 countries, reaching the small communities that have few creative outlets or resources for their children. Tonight we will experience "Bits and Pieces" - a musical comedy cabaret adventure from Missoula, made up of 6 talented and energetic performers. You can expect Broadway show tunes, parodies, and all-around silliness on the menu, with a side of surprises with personalized material. Add a dash of audience involvement, comedic bits and pieces of show tunes and you’ve got…well, Bits & Pieces!

DAY
4
Project Work, Free Time
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Activity note: Working for several hours on service learning projects; particular physical requirements dependent on specific activities.

Breakfast: Lodge plated meal.

Morning: After meeting for our daily briefing we’ll resume our project work with breaks.

Lunch: Lodge plated meal.

Afternoon: We’ll finish up for the day in the early afternoon and enjoy some free time for the rest of the day. You may wish to enjoy walking some of the nearby trails, play some miniature golf, or simply relax. Please check with your Group Leader about free time opportunities.

Dinner: Lodge plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Project Work, Dinner at the Dinner Bell
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Activity note: Working for several hours on service learning projects; particular physical requirements dependent on specific activities.

Breakfast: Lodge plated meal.

Morning: Daily briefing and service learning projects, with breaks.

Lunch: Lodge plated meal.

Afternoon: We’ll continue with our service learning projects. When done for the day, we’ll walk together to dinner.

Dinner: At the Dinner Bell on campus in Gold Creek, Montana, we’ll enjoy hearty plated meals at this Mennonite family-run operation. Specializing in old time favorites, we’ll be treated to a delicious homemade entrées with sides, vegetables, bread, and desserts, plus coffee, tea, water. A quaint deli/store with bulk food items, quilts, crafts, and Amish products adjoins the dining hall.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Work Projects Conclude, Closing with Wildlife Biologist
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Activity note: Working for several hours on service learning projects; particular physical requirements dependent on specific activities.

Breakfast: Lodge plated meal.

Morning: Daily briefing and service learning projects.

Lunch: Lodge plated meal.

Afternoon: Beginning during lunch time, a final presentation given by camp staff will reflect on 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. We’ll then work to finish up our service learning projects in the mid-afternoon leaving time for us to reflect on a job well done and bid a reluctant goodbye to Camp Mak-A-Dream and all it offers.

Dinner: At the lodge, we’ll enjoy a tasty plated meal together with coffee, tea, water included. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: Joining around a campfire together, we’ll reflect on the week and experience a wildlife presentation by a wildlife biologist from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. This visiting expert will talk about local wildlife illustrating species’ roles in the ecosystem and then delve into identifying tracks/sign with furs, skulls, feathers, track molds, old radio collars from research, and books to provide physical learning aides to the experience. We will also discuss impacts wildlife can have on the landscape and how they survive and interact, for instance, how migratory birds can influence elk and mountain lions. By gaining an understanding and appreciation of our surroundings, we will discover the some clues to the bigger story of our natural world. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Activity note: Sleeping rooms and bathrooms must be cleaned and cleared out of before 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Lodge plated meal.

Morning: We’ll pack up our belongings and clean our rooms so everything is ready for the campers to have a wonderful and memorable experience at camp.

Brunch: A grab-n-go brunch will be provided. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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