Legendary Camp - August 1 - 7, 2020
Sadly, the 2020 Optimist Children’s Camp scheduled for July 26th – August 1st, 2020 has been canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The Optimist Children’s Camp has operated since 1967 and this is only the 2nd time in our 53 year history that we’ve been unable to provide the camp for children with special needs.
The sponsoring Billings Optimist Clubs met and there are several organizational issues that can’t be overcome in order to safely hold camp this year. Since there currently is no time table for when things might improve the very difficult decision was made to cancel the camp now so everyone could 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 must come first.
Even though this year’s camp has been canceled, mark your calendars for the 2021 Optimist Children’s Camp August 1st – 7th, 2021! We look forward to having a great camp next year!
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.