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.

Apply online for 2019 Summer Adventures.

GUTS!/GRIT 2019 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 25-30 FULL
Wild Horse Island Adventure (ages 12-14)
FULL (complete application to be added to the wait 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 8-12
Sapphire Adventure (ages 11-13) – (FULL
– complete application to be added to waitlist)
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 18
GRIT Plant Identification & Foraging Field Day (ages 14-18) (FULL- click here to apply for waitlist)
A combined effort of the Natural History Center and the YWCA’s GRIT program, this is a one-day workshop during which participants will learn the basics of plant identification and get hands-on experience identifying and foraging edible and medicinal plants in the wild. We hope that participants will walk away with basic knowledge of how plant ID works, the ability to identify common native plants, and the enthusiasm to continue their education! 13 spots available.

July 22-27
Flathead Reservation Adventure (ages 14-17) –
(FULLcomplete application to be added to waitlist)
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.

July 29- August 1
GRIT Bike Camp (ages 14-18) – (1 spot available)
During this free GRIT camp, participants will get a hands-on bike maintenance workshop with an experienced mechanic and then get to use their knowledge in the field as they embark on a 3-day, 2-night “bikepacking” adventure! Depending on weather and other factors, we will either mountain bike or road bike out of town, camp for 2 nights, and then bike home. We will take plenty of breaks and the terrain is good for beginners.  Register here!

August 5-9
Girls on Wheels Bike Camp (ages 9-11) – (FULL – complete application to be added to waitlist)
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).


*A deposit of half of your total contribution is due with the application. The second payment is due by Monday, June 3, 2019.


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 to one of our GUTS! Summer Adventures? Please complete the orientation packet below if you will be attending the Youth Leadership trip or any other overnight trip; please complete the Bike Camp orientation packet only if you are attending Girls on Wheels Bike Camp, August 5-9.  An orientation packet will also be emailed to you once your registrations is submitted.

Completed forms can be mailed to the GUTS! office at  1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802, or scanned and emailed to [email protected]


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.

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 can’t wait to add the Montana backcountry to the list!  She’ll be leading the Youth Leadership Trip, the Flathead Adventure, and Wild Horse Island and will be on-call for other trips.