Qualified women instructors help GUTS! girls 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! 2018 Summer Calendar

June 12th-16th
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 back-country leadership skills, including safety, camp cooking, navigation, leave no trace, and the GUTS! Summer Adventures curriculum.

June 25th-30th
Wild Horse Island Adventure (ages 12-14) **Registration full. Please apply to hold a spot on waiting list. **
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 9th-13th
Sapphire Adventure (ages 11-13) **Registration full. Please apply to hold a spot on waiting list. **

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 23rd-28th
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 6th-10th
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! Scholarships are available for families in need.

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

Summer Adventure Application

Ready to sign up for a GUTS! Summer Adventure Camp? Apply online (both parent and camper need to complete applications) or pick up a paper application at the YWCA (1130 W. Broadway).

Parent or Guardian Application

Camper Application

If you are interested in applying for the Youth Leadership Training Trip, please fill out the Youth Leadership application.

Click here to pay for your GUTS! Summer Adventure.

*A deposit of half the total fee is due within a week of the application. The second payment is due by Friday, June 4, 2018.
**Families applying for scholarships should contact Roe to arrange payment.


GUTS! strives to ensure that every girl who wants to attend a GUTS! Summer Adventure Camp can participate, regardless of their ability to pay. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, half of the agreed upon fee will be due with the application. Questions? Contact Roe at (406) 543-6691 or [email protected].

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

Camper Information

Have you been accepted on one of our GUTS! Summer Adventures? If you are attending Bike Camp, you will need the Bike Camp packet. If you are on any of the other Summer Outdoor Adventure trips, you will need the Summer Outdoor Adventure packet. These packets will be available in late April!


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 Trips, the  Sapphire Adventure, and the Girls on Wheels day camp. She will be on-call for the other trips.

Tabby Espinoza (Wilderness First Responder Certified)

Tabby was born and raised in Arlee, MT by a large family of talkative women and mostly reserved men. She grew up playing in the mountains, fields, and lakes of the beautiful Flathead Reservation. She loves hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, growing plants, and eating! She will be leading the Youth Leadership Trainings, Wild Horse Island Adventure, the Flathead Reservation Adventure, and on-call for other trips.