By Barbara Rowley

BIG SKY – With an increasing number of high schoolers in town and a corresponding need for healthy year-round recreation for teens and tweens, Camp Big Sky is expanding its programming to tweens and teens.

For two Fridays in Feburary, Big Sky Resort made its tubing park available exclusively for Ophir School middle schoolers for one session and for Lone Peak High Students the next. This is the first of many such events, says Camp Big Sky Director Katie Coleman.

“Working with our student council leaders, we are identifying the kinds of activities our local kids would like to do on their weekend nights,” Coleman said. “We hope to have ice skating nights, movie events, yoga and climbing as we get this program up and running.”

With underwriting from the Kym, Blake and George Rapier Foundation for administrative costs, Camp Big Sky is excited about working with local businesses to provide a variety of healthy, safe and inexpensive recreation opportunities.

Camp Big Sky can help cover costs for the businesses, and kids will pay minimally, as well. “We want kids to pay a small amount so they are invested in what they do,” Coleman said.

“Our kids grow up in a vacation destination, so they have a good idea of how to have fun, they just don’t always know how to make those things happen on their own,” Coleman said. “We don’t have a mall like the city, but we have so very much more.”

Founded in 2005, Camp Big Sky is a division of the Big Sky Community Corp. Have an idea for a teen event? Contact Katie Coleman at camp@bsccmt.org.