Camping for Developmentally Disabled Adults

It is the mission of Christikon to awaken and nurture faith in Christ – exploring God’s creation and the adventure of life together.

Christikon — Camp for Developmentally Disabled Adults

NathanDates: June 13-16, 2017 (Tuesday supper through Friday breakfast).

Location: Christikon lies along the Boulder River in the mountains just north of Yellowstone National Park, about 50 miles south of Big Timber, Montana. The camp facility includes cabins with bunks for sleeping, central bath houses, and a central dining/meeting building. For more information on the camp, click here.

Program: The session offers opportunities for enjoyment of the mountain setting and growth in caring relationships. Included are hiking, group recreation, crafts, work projects, shared responsibilities, sharing of talents, music, etc. Christikon staff people reside in the cabins with the campers, and provide program leadership.

Who may attend: The session is for adults who are at least 18 years old. Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, political or religious affiliation, or handicap. Christikon is able to accommodate about 60 campers (a maximum of 30 of each gender).

Restrictions: The program is geared towards those whose disability has been in mental development. Because the camp is located on a mountain side, and because its facilities currently have many steps and are not barrier-free, people who must use wheelchairs, or whose mobility is severely limited, would have a great deal of difficulty in participating in the program. Also, because the camp is served by centralized bath houses, at some distance from some cabins, campers should be continent in toilet habits.

JennyBus Transportation: Transportation is offered on the first and last days of the session, between Billings and the camp. There are stops also in Laurel, Columbus, and Big Timber.

Costs: $195 plus bus transportation if desired.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available for those who need them. Scholarship funds are provided by private donors and our member congregations. Because funds are limited, we are able to provide no more than $95 in scholarship aid per person. Scholarship aid should be requested when a camper is registered.

Group Home and Volunteer Counselors: We appreciate having adult volunteers join us to supplement the work of our counseling staff. Moreover, if several group home clients are attending the camp together, it is often helpful to have one or more of the group home staff join us at Christikon during the session, so we might better serve the campers. Christikon will cover the costs for such volunteers, including bus transportation costs. Advisors need to register using the regular Registration Form to register, but checking the “Advisor” box.

DishesCamp Sponsorship: Christikon is an outdoor ministry of Lutheran (ELCA) congregations in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. The program is led by the director, 21-25 summer staff, and several volunteers. Personal growth and enrichment, rather than religious indoctrination, are our goals for this camp session. Religious activities are a part of the program, but no one is required to participate who objects for religious reasons.

How to Register: Contact the Christikon office by e-mail (click here) or by telephone (406 656-1969), and we will mail you registration materials. Once campers are registered, we will send back to you a camper letter which acknowledges the registration(s), indicates scholarship(s) granted, and includes a list of what to take to camp, bus information, and a health/examination form. (An examination and physician’s signature are required for all participants — both campers and volunteer advisors.) Please register early. Campers are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis; and the camp always fills up. Christikon is able to accommodate about 60 campers (a maximum of 30 of each gender).