WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR OUR TRIP AND WHERE DO WE ARRIVE/DEPART?
Middle School Boys (MSB):
- Arrive June 30th into Great Falls
- Leave July 15th from Missoula
Middle School Girls (MSG):
- Arrive July 2nd into Great Falls
- Leave July 17th from Missoula
High School Backpacking:
- Group 1: Arrive July 12th into Great Falls, MT
- Group 2: Arrive July 19th into Missoula, MT
- Both Groups: Leave July 29th from Missoula, MT
WHO BOOKS OUR TICKETS?
We prefer that all Wild Kids families go through Linda Brownell at Navigator Travel when booking flights. Linda handles all of our travel arrangements and works hard to ensure that students arrive at or near the same time. Even if you plan to book on your own, using miles or your own travel agent, please give Linda a call. It is very important that our flight arrivals and departures are coordinated.
WHICH FLIGHT SHOULD WE TAKE?
Each year, we work with Linda to determine the flight that is the most cost-effective for families. After Linda has determined the group flight, we ask that students flying in from other areas arrive within no more than 1 hour of the group arrival time. The driving time between the ranch and the airport is almost 45 minutes because of the dirt roads, so fewer trips to the airport is best.
CAN WE DROP-OFF OR PICK-UP OUR CHILD IN MONTANA?
Absolutely! We highly recommend tacking this trip onto a family adventure. Please email Wild Kids Montana if you plan to either drop your child off in Great Falls or pick him/her up at the ranch. We will work with you to make this possible!
(WE PACK AS A TEAM IN ADVANCE!)
WHAT TYPE OF BAG SHOULD WE BRING AS LUGGAGE?
Because it is absolutely imperative that everyone arrive in Montana with the right gear, we pack as a team in advance. This allows our Wild Guides and Junior Counselors to actually see what is going into each bag and ensure that no one is overpacking, under-packing, or misunderstanding the gear and clothing guidelines.
For Middle School trips, each student is assigned a "duffle buddy." Then, each duffle buddy pair receives a Wild Kids duffle bag to use for the duration of the trip. The duffle buddy pair will pack under the supervision of a Wild Guide or Junior Counselor. After packing, one duffle buddy is responsible for checking the bag to Montana and the other duffle buddy is responsible for checking the bag back to Hawai'i. If a student requires certain gear or clothing for other trips throughout the summer, this must be cleared by the attending packing guides and students and parents must sign a contract to commit to bringing the items removed from the duffle bag to Montana.
For High School Backpacking trips, we will pack our backpacking backpacks as a team in advance. These will be checked onto the plane. Students may also bring a small daypack to carry-on.
ALL GEAR AND CLOTHING MUST BE READY FOR PACKING BY MAY 25TH.
WHAT DO WE BRING AS A CARRY-ON?
For Middle School, you will carry-on your sleeping bag, sleeping pad and daypack.
For High School Backpacking, you will carry-on a small daypack.