It is with much sadness that we announce that the 2021 Optimist Children’s Camp scheduled for August 1st – 7th, 2021 has been officially canceled due to concerns over COVID-19. The sponsoring Billings Optimist Clubs met and there are organizational issues that cannot be overcome in time to safely hold this year’s camp. The exceedingly difficult decision was made to cancel the camp now so the campers and their families along with the volunteer counselors can plan their summer accordingly.
The Optimist Clubs of Billings are committed to serving the youth of our communities safely. Again, this was a very difficult decision to make, but the safety, health and wellbeing of our campers, volunteers and staff will always come first. The Optimist Children’s Camp has operated since 1967 and this is only the 3rd time in our 54-year history that we have been unable to provide the camp for children with special needs.
Even though this year’s camp has been canceled, we are already shifting our focus to planning the 2022 Optimist Children’s Camp! We look forward to putting this all behind and us and getting back to providing children with special needs a legendary summer camp with quality care, meaningful fellowship, and maximum fun!
Annually, Optimist clubs in the Billings area raise funds to contribute towards the cost of camp.
We rely on the hard work of our volunteers to make the camp successful. Please contact us if you would like to be on the camp committee or camp volunteer. Counselor applications are available in the spring of each year.
The Optimist Children’s Camp was started in 1967 as a joint project of the Billings area Optimist Clubs. The weeklong camp is held annually outside of Red Lodge, Montana for approximately 50 children with special needs. Volunteer counselors and staff make sure the camp is safe and enjoyable for campers that look forward to attending this camp year after year. During camp, kids have the opportunity to experience activities such as fishing, hiking, swimming and camping in the mountains while giving their families a week long respite from their normal everyday activities.
The Counselor Registration form is now available here to be completed online for Optimist Camp 2019!!! The dates for this year are July 28 – Aug 3. Space is limited, so submit your application early!
Camper applications are now available here for Optimist Camp 2019!!! Eligible campers are those who have a developmental disability and are between the ages of 8 and 21. The dates are July 28 – August 3. Space is limited, and applications will be reviewed and processed in the order in which they are received!
We are currently planning for camp in 2019 – stay tuned for details! Please contact us if you’re interested in participating in the planning process.