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.”
Program No. 20800RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
18 meals
6 B 1BR 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Orientation, Introductions and brief overview.
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Dinner: Dinner on site

Evening: Orientation by Road Scholar group leader.

DAY
2
Begin project work. Camp Make-A-Dream presentation.
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Activity note: Begin work projects to help prepare camp that serves children and families with terminal illnesses.

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: During lunch 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. There will be a time for questions. Mid-afternoon the volunteers 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: Dinner on site

Evening: Free evening

DAY
3
Project Work. Evening presentation from Learning Center.
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

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: We will have the unique opportunity for interactive learning through a presentation from the Learning Center at Red Willow. The Learning Center's mission is to help alleviate the suffering of life's inevitable adversities and traumas by nourishing the human capacity for resilience, wholeness, and joy. The presentation this evening will focus on the Basics of Resilience, an introduction to concepts, scientific findings, and practices of resilience. Resilience is our capacity to bounce back, and even bounce forward after stressful or traumatic events. Participants will gain experiential knowledge of simple techniques to help utilize our resilience as well as options to expand and build upon those practices.

DAY
4
Project work and free time
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
B,L,D
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

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, or resting. Leisure time activities will be suggested when arriving at the camp.

Dinner: Dinner on site

Evening: Free evening

DAY
5
Project work. Performance from Missoula Children's Theater.
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
B,L,D
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Daily briefing and project work with breaks

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Work projects

Dinner: Mennonite family-run operation will serve old-style dinners at the Dinnerbell in Gold Creek Montana. Enjoy a hearty meal of home grown chicken with sides of mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and salad, homemade bread and pie and ice cream Adjoining the dining hall is a quaint deli/store with bulk food items, quilts, crafts and Amish products.

Evening: Tonight we will enjoy a performance by staff from the Missoula Children's Theater. MCT 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
6
Work projects conclude. Closing with Wild Life Biologist.
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
B,L,D
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT

Breakfast: Breakfast on site

Morning: Daily briefing and project work

Lunch: Lunch on site

Afternoon: Durning lunch time, a final presentation will reflect 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. Starting mid-afternoon, work projects will 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: Join around a campfire for the final evening together to 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 in terms of their role on the landscape and then delve into identifying tracks/sign. There will be furs, skulls, feathers, track molds, old radio collars from research, and books to provide the opportunity for a hands on experience. We will discuss wildlife on the landscape and how they survive and interact, while discovering what it means for us to share space with anything from migratory birds to elk to mountain lions? We will gain and understanding and appreciation of our surroundings and discover the clues to the bigger story of our natural world.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Camp Make A Dream, Gold Creek, MT
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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.






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