Kootenai Christian Service Camp


First Chance Camp is for students who will be entering grades 1-3 in the fall.

First Chance Camp starts on Monday afternoon and runs through Wednesday afternoon. The schedule is tailored for the needs and interests of younger campers.

We’re excited to provide a “first chance” camping experience for these young people, but we’re also sensitive to the unique needs and challenges presented by this age group. We work hard to make their first taste of camp something that engages them, holds their interest, and gives them some great things to talk about when they get home. They’ll learn some things about who God is and how much He loves them along the way.

First Chance campers have class time, craft time, and swim time. At chapel and campfire, the campers get to sing and hear Bible stories. They play games and interact with nature, as well as with each other.

Campers of this age require extra supervision and more one-on-one attention. Our staff is committed to knowing what’s going on with each camper at all times. WHERE they are, HOW they are, WHAT they’re doing – we think those are pretty important things, just like you do.

First Chance Camp at Kootenai Christian Camp is a great way for your child to experience church camp for the first time.


  • Bible, notebook, pen/pencil
  • Medication (if needed) - ALL medication, including non-prescription medications (pain relievers, antacids, ointments, etc.), must be turned into camp staff upon arrival at camp
  • Tuition money (if not pre-paid)
  • WARM sleeping bag & jacket
  • Appropriate clothing - Dress as a Christian should - Any inappropriate clothing will be disallowed at the discretion of the dean
  • Towels, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Comb/brush
  • Bathing suit - please be modest
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • A smile and a Christ-like attitude

Nice to have

  • Foam pad (if desired - a few mattresses are available)
  • Fishing tackle - Check Montana fishing regulations for license requirements
  • Life Jacket
  • Work gloves
  • Camera (any inappropriate use will result in confiscation of the camera for the duration of camp)
  • Spending money for missions and camp store
  • Baseball and mitt
  • Football
  • Frisbee
  • Other sports equipment for free time
  • Musical instrument (if you play)


  • Pop, candy, and any other food or drink
  • Radios, CD/MP3/tape players, iPods/iPads or similar devices
  • Cell phones
  • Personal computers/video games/PDA's
  • Other electronic devices
  • Comic books, magazines, books (other than the Bible)
  • Pets
  • Fireworks
  • Matches and lighters
  • Tobacco, non-medicinal drugs, alcohol
  • All electrical appliances
  • Personal vehicles - Campers under the age of 18 must have prior written permission from the dean to bring a personal vehicle. Keys must be turned into the dean upon arrival, regardless of camper's age.

View a Camp Brochure in PDF