UnCAMP

Making epic messes and awesome memories...

About UnCamp at Rockhaven...

Rockhaven is an innovative summer camping program where free-play, nature-play, and child-led independent play is front and center.  We create a safe environment where creativity, curiosity, and imagination can flourish, where kids can just be kids, get a little (or maybe a lot) dirty, and play like kids are meant to play.  UnCamp at Rockhaven takes the schedules, the expectation, and the rules out of summer and puts back in; genuine play, natural curiosity, epic messes, muddy faces, sticky fingers and awesome memories that will last a lifetime.

With UnCamp, great care and thought is given to equipping our staff and campers with the tools and resources they need to discover or invent activities, explore safely, create broadly, and listen to the world around them as well as their inner voice.  It is designed to allow the camper and/or staff the freedom to breathe and decompress, disconnect and settle into a community rhythm and flow.  This promotes a program that is ever changing and fresh, constantly recreated based on the creativity and spirit of the campers involved.  

UnCamp is uniquely Holy Spirit driven, outdoor play-based camping where we work hard at making it simple and letting kids… just be kids  

Camp Fees

What your camp registration fee covers: 

  • All meals and snacks throughout the week 
  • Programming supplies and equipment
  • Highly trained and skilled summer staff 
  • Transportation to and from camp (day camps)
  • 5 nights of lodging (overnight camps) 
  • and more! 

Rockhaven works hard to keep fee increases to a minimum, while at the same time the costs to run a quality summer camp continue to increase. We recognize that summer camp is expensive, and families have varying abilities to pay for camp. To help ease the burden, Rockhaven offers a voluntary three-tier fee payment option. Upon registering, you may choose the tier that is most suitable for your family.  This is a “free-will” system, we strongly encourage you to pick the level that is comfortable and affordable for your family. All children receive the same experience no matter what they pay.  

When you pay the Tier 2 or Tier 3 rate you take an active role in supporting the true cost of your child’s camp experience, which enables us to direct the contributions from our generous donors to support other areas of need in the camping ministry, including program, staffing and facility upgrades.

Please remember that in addition to these rates, scholarships are available to ensure that all children have the opportunity to attend camp. Please email Camp Director Chandler at [email protected] for details about scholarship opportunities.  

SUMMER SCHEDULE 2024

NOTE; Trailblazers, Explorers, and Seekers overnight camps are Resident Camps which run from 3:00 pm Sunday to 3:00 pm Friday.

All DAY Camps Run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please drop off your camper between 8:30 am and 9:00 am at First Presbyterian Church of Bozeman for all Day Camp Programs. Bus leaves promptly at 9:00 am and will return at 5:00 pm. Please be at FPC between 4:45 – 5:00pm for pick up.   

2024 Camp Session Descriptions:

Registering for camp

Register early online by following the online registration button anyplace on this site.  Registering online makes for improved communication, additional payment options and special early bird discounts as well as sibling and multi-session discounts.  By registering online you will help us control waste and keep our costs down since all medical forms and permission waivers are now online and will be completed during the registration process. 

Also, online registration will allow access to the EARLY BIRD discount! Discount ends March 1. 

PLEASE NOTE: When registering online you will be required to pay 50% of your total and there is a $4.95 processing fee on all registrations, after initial 50% payment there are two pay periods on May 8th and June 8th for the remaining balance.  If you prefer you can pay the full amount when you register.  If you feel you cannot make these payments please contact our camp director Scott Thrasher to make other arrangements or inquire about our campership program.  

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS SECURE THROUGH ACTIVE NETWORK.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I Pack?

A complete packing list for overnight camping can be found on our FORMS page or by clicking HERE (will be updated soon!).  For day campers, please consider weather conditions when preparing to come to camp.  We make some big messes at Rockhaven and don’t appolgize for it… a change of cloths and cloths that can get muddy and wet is a good idea.

Is there financial assistance ?

Yes absolutely!  Camp is for everyone and we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to attend camp.  The gifts from generous supporters and First Presbyterian Church members subsidizes the ever growing cost of operating a camping ministry.  However, if you need assistance with the fee for camp, please email [email protected] for scholarship information!

Can I send packages or letters to the camp?

Sure… just make sure you send them early so they will arrive while your campers is still at camp!  You can address all letters to your camper with the address 66850 Gallatin Rd. Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730.  If your letter is for the Rockhaven Director or board please then address to PO Box 1150 Bozeman, MT 59771 to assure delivery. 

I'm not presbyterian. Can I attend camp at Rockhaven?

Of course!  Campers come from many different faiths, including some who do not have a faith tradition.  Rockhaven welcomes every camper. Our summer staff members are all Christian, but not all are Presbyterian, either.  We do have a daily worship time where we sing songs, discuss the theme of the day and hear a brief message.  If you would like to speak with the Director to discuss these themes please call Scott at 406.586.9194 Ext. 267 or find the full theme description on this website.

What training does the staff have ?

Many of our Rockhaven staff have been campers at Rockhaven for many years, then counselors in training, Jr. Counselors and finally counselors.  We like it that way because it helps create a camp community with history.  However, regardless of whether a counselor has been around since they were 6 or just hired, all staff complete a week long staff training before camp.  Here they learn about Rockhaven operations, programming, child care, safety and emergency protocols, and take a full First Aid, Child and Adult CPR certification course.  In addition, all Rockhaven staff complete a comprehensive high ropes / challenge course training for the Rockhaven course.  

What is the camper to counselor ratio?

Typically, for overnight camp a camper will be in a group of 5-6 campers to 1 counselor.  We aim to keep day camp groups between 1:6 and 1:8 counselor to camper ratio.  We often will create family groups which is a girl group and a boy group with two counselors to rotate through various activities during the camp day.  Day camp maximum attendance is  typically no more than 40 campers and overnight camps maximum is around 30. 

Can you accommodate campers with special dietary needs?

One of the advantages of being a small camp is that we can usually accommodate the most common dietary restrictions, including allergies. Please be specific when completing the registration and health forms at registration.  If the restriction is more than our single camp cook can accomodate you may send special food with prior arrangements. 

where do overnight campers stay?

Overnight campers stay in our bunkhouse which consist of 6 rooms, each with bunk beds.  Approximately 5-6 campers to 1 counselor sleep in these bunk rooms with a co-counselor/group in the adjoining room.  During elementary overnight camp we will often assign a Jr. Counselor as co-counselor to assist with the cabin group.  Bunkhouse rooms are lit and heated.  We have a detached washhouse for all shower or bathroom activity.  

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