With a nod to both the educational and the quirky, Mountain Adventure Tours is again offering its summer “enviro-tainment” camps for kids ages 4-16.

Each of the 35 three- to four-day camps has a theme. The camps offer some of the usual summer fun—hiking, biking and whitewater rafting—as well as some not-so-usual activities, such as learning about dinosaurs, exploring caves and searching for wildlife.

In the Wild West Cowpokes camp, participants will horseback ride with local outfitters, visit a dairy, see a cattle auction and have an overnight by the campfire.

In the Mighty Mud Rompers, Dirt Diggers and Water Ways camp, while exploring nature, kids will get to play in the dirt, making sand castles, creating fairy houses and digging water ways.

In the Mini Super American Hero Camp, campers will invent their own secret superhero identity, choose their superpower and make costume accessories.

The Ketchum-based organization, part of the nonprofit Idaho BaseCamp, describes itself as “seeking to enhance the lives of families who yearn for a greater sense of fellowship and adventure.” According to its website, Mountain Adventure Tours teaches personal responsibility and life skills through entertaining outdoor and wilderness activities, and helps foster respect for the environment.

A six-night Sleep Away camp is offered Aug. 2-8 uses the 13-acre Idaho Base Camp property along the Big Lost River east of Trail Creek Summit.

The trekking, climbing, fishing, rafting, horseback riding and rock-climbing programs are run through local outfitters.

The camps run Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Programs begin and end their days at Forest Service Park in Ketchum or Hop Porter Park in Hailey.

Mini-MAT camps are designed for younger campers. They offer art projects, short hikes, tours of local businesses and fun water play. Mini camps run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The first camps begin June 17 and the last run through Aug. 22. Cost ranges from $395 to $650. Sleep Away camp is $1,225.

For program descriptions, schedules, prices and applications, visit mountainadventuretours.org or call 208-309-1005. Scholarships are available.

Email the writer: gmoore@mtexpress.com

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