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Top 4 Field Trip Ideas for Summer Camp Kids in the Flathead Valley

Planning a kid’s birthday party, youth group trip, or summer camp outing in the Flathead Valley this summer? These 4 fun-filled adventures for kids near Flathead Lake are great for all ages, ability levels, and interests!

a close up of a sign1. Learning to Sail

One of the most unique experiences for birthday parties, summer camps, and youth groups in the Flathead Valley is sailing! Go Sail Flathead Lake offers captained boat charters as well as sailing lessons for kids. Kids aged 5 and up are invited to join on customized sailing charters to see the lake from a whole new perspective. For sailors 9 and over, it’s possible to learn the basics of sailing themselves on a Discover Sailing Tour! Teenage adventurers are even invited to become fully certified ASA sailors by taking a few days of sailing lessons out of Flathead Lake. For group pricing and more information about youth group sailing or summer camp sailing opportunities, contact Go Sail Flathead Lake here.  

2. Riding the Alpine Coaster

New to the Lakeside area, the Flathead Lake Alpine Coaster is Montana’s first and only alpine coaster. It’s open to all ages and will get the adrenaline pumping for any summer camp or youth group kiddo! The Flathead Lake Alpine Coaster offers special deals for group bookings— like 1 hour of unlimited rides for groups who rent out the facility at certain times. You can find the details here

3. Road Tripping to Glacier National Park

A summer camp in the Flathead Valley wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Flathead Lake or Glacier National Park (and you should probably visit both!). A few of the best ways to see the park with a gaggle of kids is by taking a boat tour with Glacier Park Boat Co. or by booking a guided hike with a company like Glacier Guides. Glacier Park Boat Company offers special deals for groups of 15 or more for 4 different lake tours in the park. You can read the details here


4. Exploring Wild Horse Island

Wild Horse Island is one of Flathead Lake’s hidden gems. It’s an uninhabited, remote island that can only be accessed by the water! The easiest way to get a group of kids to Wild Horse Island is by renting stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) or kayaks and paddling over there (Go Sail Flathead Lake offers the closest rentals to the island). Once your youth group or summer camp crew has paddled ashore, there is plenty to keep you all busy on the island! Wild Horse Island is actually a state park and has plenty of trails to explore. It may also be helpful to read up on the history before you go so you have a good idea of what to expect on your adventure!