“The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.”John Muir, 1873
The mountains are a playground for many. John Muir understood that and cultivated a mindset of reverence that ripples through the collective psyche today. But understanding and preserving the majesty of the untamed wilds must be a conscious choice made over and over again by all.
Many of us take the Bighorns for granted. I know that often times I am one of those people. Less than a 15 minute drive from my front door and I can be at a trailhead pushing towards 8000 ft. That’s a luxury that most folks simply don’t have.
The abundance of the Bighorns goes well beyond the hiking and biking trails, the awe-inspiring vistas, the alpine lakes, or the fish that seem to rise with little coaxing at all. The abundance is also found in the endless experiences afforded to all of us that find ourselves in these majestic mountains whether it’s a short hike on an easy trail or a multi-day backcountry excursion on horseback.
Camp 307 was launched in January to inspire that sense of adventure, to unlock the thoughts of what could be, in our youngest generation. At least, that’s where our thoughts started. What Camp 307 is destined to become seems to be much more than that and we couldn’t be happier with just how successful our inaugural summer camp session turned out to be.
Camp 307 was designed for personalized experiences with a focus on individualized attention that isn’t often possible in a large group setting. Our camps maintain a 4 to 1 camper to instructor ratio and often includes expert guidance from professionals in a related field.
This summer we hosted six weeks of camps and a weekend camp that offered just such an experience to 75 individual campers.
Like the saying goes, “It takes a village”, and we are very fortunate to have such an amazing village of supporters, experts, government partners, and volunteers that made our summer session of Camp 307 go off without a hitch.
Our campers were able to experience 20 days in the Bighorn National Forest, 3 days on BLM land, and 3 days in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.
We would like to thank the Forest Service, BLM, Clear Creek Conservation, Wyoming Game and Fish, Joey’s Fly Fishing, Lanna Wing Photography, The Sports Lure, and all of our volunteers for their time and expertise. We could certainly not do it without you.
To The Tucker Foundation, Johnson County Recreation District, Powder River Energy Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, Cloud Peak Accounting, First Interstate Bank, Grouse Mountain Consultants, and The Vision Center of Johnson County, your financial support makes all the wonders of Camp 307 possible for kids and adults of all ages. We greatly appreciate your support.
We often describe Camp 307 as a deep-dive into wilderness skills and experiences that we hope will seed a passion for these activities, ones we believe campers can take with them and enjoy their entire lives. Such passions, whether it be casting a handmade fly on a custom built rod or navigating the wilderness with a map and compass, are ways to pursue lifelong health and wellness in the Bighorns and beyond.
This summer campers were introduced to and practice the skills below:
- Stream Study
- Fire Building
- Fly Fishing
- Canoeing/ Water Safety
- Survival Swimming
- Trail Journaling
- Landscape Photography
- Camera Settings
- Fly Rod Building
- Forestry Study
- Shelter Building
- Fire and First Aid
- Water & Wildlife
- Bass & Pan Fishing
- Trout Fishing
- Fly Tying
Visit Camp307.org for a list of upcoming camps. We’d love to see you in camp!