Optimist Children's Camp

Legendary Camp July 28 - August 3, 2019

We provide children with special needs a legendary summer camp with quality care, meaningful fellowship, and maximum fun!
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Annually, Optimist clubs in the Billings area raise funds to contribute towards the cost of camp.

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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.

About Us

Optimist Camp is jointly operated by 4 Billings area Optimist Clubs
Legendary Camp for Legendary Kids!

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.

Camp Team

We couldn't do it without you!

Alan Niven

President – Optimist Children’s Camp Club
Alan has been involved in the Optimist Camp Club since 2001, and President of the official Optimist Children’s Camp Club since its inception in 2013. Responsible for calling and running club meetings monthly, he is determined to ensure the camp is successful year after year.

Shawn Ashcraft

Camp Director
Shawn has been camp director since 2008. He is a natural leader with an educational background to meet the needs of youth at camp. Shawn is responsible camp operations during the week. At camp, you’ll often see a group of kids interacting and socializing with him!

Jay Strever

Charter Camp Club Member
Jay has been involved in the camp from 2003 – 2017 as club treasurer/secretary, Jay continues to be influential in camp operations by providing his talent to the club and the kids it serves. At camp, you might see him playing golf or bowling with the kids on carnival night!

Brett Schneider

Brett got involved in camp the day he went up to see what it was all about. You can usually catch him on carnival night helping with the football toss or at the photo booth. Involved since 2008 after becoming an Optimist member, he continues to be active in the club.

Many Others!

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