Montana Summer

25 & 21 Days

High School Service Program
Western Life Under the Big Sky

JULY 2 to JULY 26 |  25 DAYS

AUGUST 1 to AUGUST 21 |  21 DAYS
Spots still available!

JULY 2 to JULY 26

Spots still available!

Program Overview

Roll up your sleeves for a summer of service projects and untrammeled adventure under the Big Sky of Bozeman, Montana. See more stars arcing across the night sky than you could have imagined and dig your hands into the dirt to help farmers and ranchers provide food and sustenance to their communities. As the world takes pause during the current health crisis, VISIONS teens and leaders come together for an incredible summer to delve into matters of sustainability and conservation. Experience the grandeur and culture of the West, adventure in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, lend a hand to local folks, and reflect on all that is important in our lives. 

* Program itinerary is subject to change.


“A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital—and generates greenhouse gases at every stage—including methane when organic matter lands in the global rubbish bin.”


Project Drawdown


Embracing Projects That Matter

How can we reduce the pressures on ecosystems and land, while meeting the growing demands for food and fiber worldwide? How can we do what we do on land better, tending it in ways that decrease emissions from agriculture and forestry? The answers to these questions are critical for stemming greenhouse gases, sustaining the planet’s living systems, addressing food security, and protecting human health, all inextricably linked.” —Project Drawdown

Welcome to VISIONS of the 2020s. We look forward to boldly stepping into this new decade and future ever-mindful of our youth inheriting a planet that desperately needs our attention. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought grief but has also cast a light on our need for connection as we get through these challenging times with communitarian resilience. Now, we also prepare to fully embrace sustainability efforts and living in harmony with the natural world—and with each other. 

This summer, VISIONS participants and leaders will collaborate with Montana’s farmers and ranchers who work tirelessly to provide food and sustenance to their communities. While keeping a social distance, we will work with these tenacious folks to grow and harvest food, care for livestock, turn compost piles, perhaps build sheds or barns, and also gain an understanding of what it takes to be a tenant of the land in a sustainable way. We will also have time for trail maintenance and forest service projects.


“There were no ‘friend groups’ and nobody ever felt left out. We were like one big family. I felt comfortable with everyone there. I tried new things, met new people, and learned about myself. I feel like I have grown a lot and I hope I have brought that home with me.”


Paden Dvoor

New York


“The backpacking pushed me outside of my comfort zone into an uncomfortable situation at first. The leaders helped me conquer my fears of the wilderness. I loved getting out of my city lifestyle and living a simpler life that was more carefree.”


Julianna Ross

New York

Under a famously big sky, Montana’s prairies and rangelands, craggy mountains, fast-running streams, glacial lakes and wildlife-filled forests provide an awesome launching point for big fun in the Rocky Mountains.


Other Details

In light of COVID-19, VISIONS will be amending some program protocols and is following updates and guidelines set by the CDC, American Camp Association, and State of Montana. Regulations are ever-changing, but we will be using health practices that mitigate risks for participants, leaders, and the community. For those who enroll, we will be providing an additional waiver that addresses the risks inherent to the pandemic. Important: Information and details regarding the Montana Summer program will supersede VISIONS other promotional materials and website descriptions. For example, our FAQ page provides details about our living situation, which may be altered this summer in order to follow safety guidelines.

Any students previously registered in a 2020 program have priority placement until 9 am EDT on May 29th.  Please give us a call or send an email if you were previously registered and would like to transfer to a Montana Summer program.

We encourage everyone else to apply now because spaces are limited. All new students must apply to be accepted to the program, and applications are reviewed based on the order they are received.

Montana Summer Refund Policy

Provided that VISIONS is making a tremendous investment in order to create the Montana Summer program and because spaces are limited, the tuition refund policy will be somewhat different than our other programs. Highlights include:

  • Full tuition is due upon enrollment.
  • If you decide to cancel for any reason, your tuition is nonrefundable. However, it may be carried over to the 2021 season at 100% credit, and less an $800 nonrefundable operational fee. We recommend that families purchase trip cancellation insurance if they have concerns about canceling, though keep in mind that most policies do not cover COVID-19.
  • If VISIONS must cancel for any reason, our 120% Promise will be in place, though less an $800 nonrefundable operational fee, which we must keep in order to help cover the expenses of planning the program.

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