Due to COVID-19, Summer 2020 programs have been canceled. Please contact Tess with any questions.

Qualified women instructors help GUTS! participants increase their self-confidence, hone individual strengths, and cultivate an appreciation for the natural world in an environment free from societal pressures. These week-long trips incorporate outdoor skills like backpacking, canoeing, and biking while developing girls’ leadership skills in an environment that tests their inner strengths.

GUTS!/GRIT 2020 Summer Calendar

June 15-19
Youth Leadership Training Trip (ages 16-19)
For GUTS! teens ready to take their leadership to the next level. After completion of the training, girls will be eligible to volunteer on other GUTS! trips.

The training will include the basics of the GUTS! empowerment model, group facilitation, and leadership styles. We will also cover backcountry leadership skills, including safety, camp cooking, navigation, Leave No Trace, and the GUTS! Summer Adventures curriculum.

June 23-28
Wild Horse Island Adventure (ages 12-14)
This trip is designed for experienced middle school girls who are ready for a fun and more rigorous adventure. Girls will explore nature on the beautiful Flathead Reservation and kayak in Flathead Lake. The last two nights of camp will be a backpacking trip to Three Lakes Peak!

July 6-10
Sapphire Adventure (ages 11-13) 

Welcome first-time GUTS! adventurers! Girls will get their hands dirty and camp on an organic farm, learn wilderness skills, and take in the Sapphire mountains on a mellow three-day, two-night backpacking trip.

July 20-25
Flathead Reservation Adventure (ages 14-17)

For new and returning GUTS! teens, this trip will explore the beautiful Flathead Reservation. While camped at a lake at the base of the Mission Mountains, we will contemplate our individual and collective strengths, and then put those to work at a local community garden. This trip will end in a wondrous three-night backpacking expedition.

August 3-7
Girls on Wheels Bike Camp (ages 9-11)
Girls on Wheels participants will gain basic bike maintenance skills while navigating Missoula! The group will complete fun service projects and spend the afternoons dancing, exploring nature, hula-hooping, swimming, and discovering all that Missoula has to offer! This day camp will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mon-Wed, with an overnight camp Thursday night! Trip will conclude at noon on Friday.

(All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions, permits, and other unforeseen challenges.)

Trips have limited space, wait list available! Scholarships are available for families in need.

Questions? Contact Roe or Tess at (406) 543-6691 or email [email protected] or [email protected].

Summer Adventure Application

Apply online for a GUTS! Summer Adventure Camp (both parent and camper/youth leader will need to answer questions).

You can also pick up a paper application at the YWCA (1130 W. Broadway) or download and print application below.

*A deposit of half of your total contribution is due with the application. The second payment is due by  June 4, 2020.


GUTS! strives to ensure that everyone who wants to attend a GUTS! Summer Adventure Camp can participate, regardless of their ability to pay. We offer a sliding fee scale. Questions? Contact Roe at (406) 543-6691 or [email protected].

Please find the scholarship request form within the Parent/Guardian application.

Meet the Staff

Rohanna (Roe) Erin (Wilderness First Responder Certified)Roe

Roe grew up in the back of her family bike store in Western Pennsylvania. She’s adopted Missoula as her new home and is an avid hiker, biker and loves to play ice breakers and dance. Roe will be leading the Youth Leadership Training, Wild Horse Island Adventure, and Flathead Reservation Adventure. She will be on-call for the other trips.


Tess Sneeringer (Wilderness First Responder Certified)

Tess was born and raised in Washington, DC.  She has a background in outdoor education and started leading groups of students outside over 10 years ago.  She has experience in terrain ranging from New England forests to Alaskan tundra and has loved getting to know the mountains and lakes that make up Montana’s backcountry. She’ll be leading the Youth Leadership Trip, Sapphire Adventure, and the GUTS! Bike Day Camp, and will be on-call for other trips.


Hannah Kosel

Hannah grew up hiking in the bluffs and paddling the lakes and rivers of Minnesota. Since moving to Missoula last summer, she has been soaking up life among the mountains where you can find her playing cribbage, growing veggies, and cheering on the Portland Thorns from afar. Hannah will be accompanying Tess and Roe on trips this summer and looks forward to having you join us!