2017 Summer Camps

Jr. Docent Program

The Jr. Docent Program at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is an opportunity for young people in the Missoula area to learn about the inner workings of museums. Through the program, participants will be a part of a team that will become educational leaders and tour guides at HMFM. Each Jr. Docent will learn about the history of the many exhibits at the museum, and how to present those exhibits to museum patrons. These duties will require the docents to interact with and teach the wide range of individuals who visit the museum each year. In addition to gaining knowledge about tour presentation, the participants will learn from our museum curator about the process of curating artifacts at the museum (how artifacts are received, documented and displayed in exhibits). Each docent will be able to harness their own skills and choose the aspect of museum work with which they feel most connected, and they will be able to specialize in that area during their time as a Jr. Docent.

Program Dates: June 26th-August 18th
Training Week: June 26th-29th, 12:00-4:00 (early drop off may be available)
Ages: 5th through 10th Grade
Capacity- 10 Students
Contact Kristjana – for more info


  1. Attendance at the training week (June 26th-29th)
  2. Each docent will choose one 2-hour shift to attend during each of the 6 remaining weeks of the program (can choose to volunteer up to 6 hours per week if desired)
  3. Openness to learn about the many exhibits housed at the museum
  4. Enthusiasm to teach museum patrons about all that HMFM has to offer

Learning Goals

  • Gain communication skills
  • Grow as leaders
  • Build confidence
  • Learn history

Download the 2017 Application Form.

History Camp at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

Become a History Detective at HMFM’s Summer History Camp! Travel back through time to learn what life was like when the Fort was built in 1877, experience the trials, tribulations and triumphs of homesteading, experiment with bicycles just like the 25th infantry in 1890, imagine life as a forester during the 1910 fires, and much more! Hands-on activities will help campers develop homestead worthy skills and learn about the technology available in the late 19th and early 20th centuries including steam power, forest management, agricultural sciences and cooking! Visits to neighboring historic sites will help campers see Fort Missoula in the wider Montana landscape. Campers will finish the week by preparing a rustic feast for their families.

Download the 2017 Registration Form.

Dates: July 24th - July 28th
Time: 9:00 – 4:00
Ages: 8 to 13 year olds
Cost: $150.00, 10% discount for museum members
Minimum participants: 5
Maximum participants: 15
Deadline for registration: July 15, 2017

For questions please call Kristjana Eyjólfsson 406-728-3476 x.3 or email

Check out the video to see what we learned last year in History camp