BILLINGS — Chief Plenty Coups State Park and The Art Ranch will team up July 5-11 on a free weeklong overnight summer camp for children 9 to 17 years old. Participation is limited to 40 and only 15 spaces remain. People may register by calling Susan Stewart, manager of Chief Plenty Coups State Park at (406) 252-1289.
During the camp, participants will learn art, theatre, puppetry, herbal studies, nature hikes and music taught by professionals, including Freebo, the bass player in Bonnie Raitt’s band. Native Americans from the Crow tribe will teach cultural skills such as moccasin making, native games, sweat lodge, story telling and horseback riding. Evening camps will include music jams, poetry, star gazing and games.
All children will sleep all five nights in tipis on the Crow Reservation at Chief Plenty Coups State Park west of Pryor.
Tuition for the camp is donated, so there is no cost to participants.
Registration is on a first-come basis until all spaces in the camp are reserved.
Based in Los Angeles, The Art Ranch (www.theartranch.net) is a nonprofit, educational organization that sponsors summer camps for children that teach arts, Native American culture and sustainable living components. The collaboration of these three elements, according to the group’s Web site, promotes creativity, leadership and respect for the earth and preserves cultural traditions through cooperation, peer-to-peer teaching and the elder-student relationship.Chief Plenty Coups State Park (www.plentycoups.org) is 35 miles south of Billings and one mile west of Pryor on Montana Highway 416.