Graphic image of Lions, mountains and colored sky illustrating the Billings Lions Club in Billings, Montana, in text.

The Lion's Beartooth Mountain Youth Camp

Providing camp facilities south of Red Lodge, Montana, to groups serving youth

The Lions Beartooth Mountain Youth Camp began in 1927 as the Billings Lions Camp. It is located 10 miles south of Red Lodge, Montana, just off of the scenic Beartooth Highway and a short distance (as the crow flies) from Yellowstone National Park. The camp provides semi-rustic facilities to groups of about a hundred people and primarily serves youth-oriented organizations that don't have their own camp. The setting on the Lake Fork of Rock Creek adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is perfect for outdoor experiences for kids of all ages.

Facilitieswindows Description and Availability

The Lions Beartooth Mountain Youth Camp is a rustic facility with sleeping cabins and basic infrastructure designed in the 1930s. It is available only during the summer months (June through August). Cabins do hot have heat - except for a few with fireplaces. Baths have hot water and the kitchen has been upgraded to current standards including propane grill, stove and ovens; walk-in refrigeration; upright freezers; dishwasher and stainless steel sinks and counters. 

A 180 degree view if the camp from Memorial Hall (flash animated version)

Take an on-line tour of the camp (flash version) (accessible/printable version)

Off-season use of the one winterized building at the camp is not available at this time. Limited phone service (for use in emergencies) coupled with the lack of off-season maintenance on Lake Fork Road (which covers the last 1/2 mile to the camp) has created a hazardous situation for group use. Emergency services may not be able to reach the camp and hiking out to the highway through snow and driving to Red Lodge can take at least a half-hour and may leave others at the camp with limited supervision and transportation.

Scheduling Use of the Camp

The mission of the Lions Beartooth Mountain Youth Camp is to support outdoor experiences for youth by providing facilities to organizations that do so. As such, youth groups receive first priority for use of the camp. Others may be accommodated during vacancies after youth groups have been scheduled. This typically happens in January for the following summer but additional time is needed to allow scheduled youth groups to complete arrangements. That means March is probably the earliest we can respond to non-youth groups.

Thanks for your interest in our facility.

Youth Groups seeking use of the camp are urged to contact us using one of the addresses below.

Contacts

Postal Address: Lions Beartooth Mountain Youth Camp, P.O. Box 25, Billings, MT  59103

E-mail address for SCHEDULING: camp@billingslions.org

E-mail address for EMERGENCIES: camphelp@billingslions.org