ADULT RETREAT FAQ
One of the goals of Camp Mak-A-Dream is to provide inclusive programs in a safe and supportive environment for everyone regardless of race, religion, age, class, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Who is eligible to attend these retreats?
Retreats are open to women of all ages (18+), who have either completed treatment or are currently in treatment for cancer. The Ovarian Cancer Retreats are open to women diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer specifically (any stage). The Women’s Cancer Retreat is open to women with any type of cancer diagnosis.
How much does it cost?
The adult cancer retreats are cost free, however transportation costs to and from Missoula are the responsibility of each participant. Retreat activities, workshops, accommodations, meals and transportation between the Missoula airport and the camp facility are included. Travel assistance may be available. Applications for Travel Scholarships are available on our website or by contacting our office. The Ovarian Cancer Retreats are underwritten, in part, by the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Foundation of Montana. While the adult retreats are cost-free, donations are welcome and appreciated.
What kind of medical support is there during these retreats?
There will be medical staff onsite and/or available during the retreats. Our health center is a stand-out facility where we can administer cancer treatments and isolate patients when medically necessary. For emergencies, we have a helicopter pad and access to the regional cancer center in Missoula. We do ask that participants bring any supplies they may need with them, including medications and special dietary items. Although medical staff is available, adult retreat participants are expected to function independently.
What are the facilities like at Camp Mak-A-Dream?
Camp Mak-A-Dream is located in a small ranching community at the foot of the Flint Mountains. Although the Lodge is nestled in the hills, amongst incredible Montana scenery, it is not a rustic camp. We have beautiful modern cabins, an art studio, health center and main lodge. In addition, there is a swimming pool (seasonal), hot tub, archery range, climbing wall, sports fields, and zip line. Participants stay in one of 4 large cabins, each of which sleeps 14-20 people comfortably, in two community sleeping rooms. There is a common area with a fireplace and kitchenette and each sleeping room has a handicap-accessible bathroom (with two stalls and two showers). All of the cabins are located relatively close to the lodge/dining room. Camp Mak-A-Dream is a smoke-free facility.
What and where do we eat?
Meals are provided in the main lodge at large round tables in a community atmosphere. Food is abundant, nutritious and is served buffet style. Snacks are also available in participant cabins. For those who require vegetarian or other dietary alternatives, we ask you to outline those needs on your registration form and we will do our best to accommodate special needs.
What kinds of activities are offered?
All adult retreats combine education, recreation and relaxation through a variety of workshops and presentations, outdoor activities, art projects, entertainment and free time. Participants are encouraged to take part in as many of the activities offered throughout the retreat as they like – but everything offered at camp is optional. It is important to us that participants get what they need during their stay. During most retreats we take a half-day excursion off campus to a nearby attraction or local historical site. The cost of off-campus activities are covered by Camp-Mak-A-Dream.
Can I bring a friend or my spouse?
Camp Mak-A-Dream’s adult retreats are designed to meet the needs of individuals diagnosed with cancer – people facing similar situations and going through similar experiences in their lives. It’s a close-knit community setting meant to provide a safe, comfortable and confidential environment for all of our participants. For this reason, we do not accommodate friends, caregivers or spouses at these retreats.
Who makes up the Camp Mak-A-Dream staff?
Along with the Gold Creek facility, Camp Mak-A Dream has a main office located in Missoula, Montana. In addition to a Board of Directors, nine full-time employees work year-round fundraising, bookkeeping, planning programs, managing rental groups and recruiting campers and staff for the season. During the off-season, the cook, facilities team and housekeeping staff maintain and work from the Gold Creek facility, while the rest of the staff works out of the Missoula office. Foundation staff members oversee the summer sessions and adult retreats and work closely with the volunteer staff that join us each session.
How do I get to Camp Mak-A-Dream?
If you are planning on flying to Camp, you will want to arrive at the airport in Missoula, Montana (MSO). Flights can be expensive, so we suggest researching your options as soon as possible. Please do not book a ticket before you have been confirmed to attend the retreat as there is specific information you will need in order to make your final arrangements. Upon your arrival in Missoula, the camp staff will meet you at the airport and transport you the 65 miles to our facility in Gold Creek.
If you are driving, directions and information about when to arrive on campus is included in your confirmation packet. The camp facility is located 65 miles east of Missoula and about the same distance west of Butte and southwest of Helena. Take exit #166 off of I-90 and head south for less than one mile. Take a right at the first dirt road and follow the signs to our facility. Parking is available in the lot towards the top of the hill on the left.
What if I am too sick to attend or need to cancel?
We understand that plans and medical situations may change, so we ask that you notify us as soon as possible if you have registered but are unable to attend the retreat. This will allow us to adjust our needs for the retreat and make your spot available to someone else hoping to attend. We also recommend you look into travel insurance for your airline ticket, should you think you might need to cancel.
Do you need volunteers?
While the program and overall organization of the adult cancer retreats is handled by the Camp Mak-A-Dream foundation staff, we utilize several volunteers, in a variety of capacities, at all camp sessions. If you know someone interested in volunteering, please have them contact us for more information. More information on volunteering is available on our website.
What other programs does Camp-Mak-A-Dream offer?
Camp Mak-A-Dream offers cost-free programs year round for children young adults and families affected by cancer. In addition to our adult retreats, we currently offer programs for kids, teens, young adults, children with a parent or sibling diagnosed with cancer and two brain tumor specific programs for teens and young adults.
How do I apply?
Applications are available on the "Apply" page of this website. Applications are accepted once the upcoming season is posted. All applications are reviewed by our selection committee to determine the applicant’s eligibility. Applications are accepted once the upcoming season is posted. All applications are reviewed by our selection committee to determine the applicant’s eligibility. Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis with consideration being given to the applicant’s current stage of therapy and whether or not the participant has previously attended Camp. Applicants who have attended Camp Mak-A-Dream three or more times will be put on a waiting list. Anyone selected from the waiting list will be notified at least 30 days prior to the camp session. If you are requesting travel assistance, Travel Scholarship applications are also available on our website or by contacting our office and may be submitted with your application to attend the session.