Big Sky Kids
Our Big Sky Kids program is designed for children and young adults with cancer. Begun in 1985, Big Sky Kids provides four different summer camps for children with cancer ages 5-23 each year, as well as a family ski weekend every spring. Our oncology camps are centered around exciting Montana adventures such as white-water rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, zip-lining, and touring the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Each Big Sky Kids camp is medically supervised, allowing both children and young adults the opportunity to escape the confines of treatment schedules and hospital walls and experience all the thrills that our state has to offer!
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Our Spring Fling Reunion Weekend will take place from March 31- April 2nd this year. Click HERE to register for our 2017 Spring Fling!!!
“Spring Fling” is our annual reunion ski weekend open to any former Big Sky Kids camper and their immediate family members. “Spring Fling” typically takes place in either late March or early April, and offers a fun get-away for the entire family! Activities include downhill skiing or snowboarding at Big Sky Resort, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Lone Mountain Ranch, and a pool party at our Eagle Mount Aquatics Center. The weekend allows our campers the opportunity to ski, relax, and spend time with friends met at previous camps. The only cost for families is transportation to and from the weekend’s activities in Bozeman and Big Sky; all other expenses including hotel accommodations, meals, ski rentals, lift tickets, etc. are generously donated by members of our wonderful community.
Camp Braveheart is designed for our youngest campers ages 5-10 and their immediate families. Children in this age bracket at any stange in their treatment (currently in treatment, recently completed treatment, or in remission) are welcome to apply! Camp Braveheart takes place at Hyalite Youth Camp, a rustic facility located on the beautiful shores of Hyalite Reservoir just outside of Bozeman. We fill the week with activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, arts & crafts, s’more making & group games. Camp Braveheart is medically supervised by a volunteer pediatrician and a registered nurse, and the only cost to families is transportation to and from Bozeman.
Our Young Adult Retreat (YAR) is designed for young adults ages 16-23 who have reached remission. For a full week, campers are immersed in adventurous outdoor activities, the camaraderie of a small group, and opportunities to develop unique and powerful leadership skills. YAR is a traveling camp with an itinerary that changes from year to year so that returning campers are given the chance to see multiple aspects of Montana’s beauty. YAR 2016 will be a “mystery year” with an itinerary only known by the Big Sky Kids staff. The retreat is medically supervised by a volunteer nurse, and the only cost for our YAR campers is transportation to and from Bozeman.
Big Sky Adventure Camp is designed for youth ages 11-18 who are still in treatment for their cancer or who have recently completed their treatment, plus one parent or guardian each. Eighteen campers and eighteen parents are accepted each year, and are recruited from major oncology centers all across the country. This unique and unforgettable 10-day experience includes a float on the Yellowstone river, horseback riding, white-water rafting, a day trip to Yellowstone National Park, an overnight camp-out, and many more exciting excursions. Accommodation during camp is provided by beautiful Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big Sky. Big Sky Adventure Camp is medically supervised by both a pediatric oncologist and a registered nurse, and is an all-expense paid vacation, including travel.