Summer is almost here, and for parents and kids alike, that means summer camp. The swimming, horseback riding, hiking and canoeing are the stuff that build lifelong memories. In the past, kids with disabilities were excluded from the fun. But, not today. Not in Billings, at least. Eagle Mount has made sure of that.
Life without limits
Eagle Mount’s history begins in 1982 when General Robert C. Mathis and wife, Greta, moved to Bozeman and began the I am Third Foundation. The following year saw the formation of the Eagle Mount ski program, whose aim was to teach alpine or Nordic skiing.
The program proved so popular that it expanded to Billings in 1989 and, subsequently, opened in Great Falls as well. Here in Billings, they offer swimming, day camps, horseback riding, golf, bicycling and more to residents “with a physical, cognitive, or intellectual disability,” according to Eagle Mount’s website.
General and Mrs. Mathis’ mission is to “enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities through recreation and create opportunities for our participants to ‘Embrace Life without Limits.’”
They need the community’s help
Since its inception, Eagle Mount has never solicited government funding and, instead, relies on the members of the communities in which they serve. And, with such an ambitious program, they need our help.
The group says that “Eagle Mount’s volunteers are the lifeblood of our recreational activities because they offer support, training and assistance to individuals of all capabilities. Most programs require more than one volunteer for each participant so it is easy understand our large need for volunteers.” Right now, Eagle Mount needs summer day camp volunteers. If you’re interested, let them know by calling (406) 294-3663.
Volunteers, by the way, find the experience so rewarding that they end up going back, year-after-year.
Attend an Eagle Mount event
If you lack the time to commit to volunteering, make plans to attend an Eagle Mount event. The summer calendar is full of fun things to do while supporting this amazing group.
Next week, on June 17, you can attend the Montana Active Life Festival, held in tandem with the Heart and Sole Run at Dehler Park. There will be stuff for the kids to do, live music and more. It takes place from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and admission is free. Do stop by the Eagle Mount booth and say hello.
Next month, on the 22nd, Eagle Mount will be holding their annual Cornhole for a Cause fundraiser. Put together a team and support Eagle Mount. It’s only $50 for a team of two and that includes a beer, cup, t-shirt and a chance to win prizes. Sign up by calling (406) 969-2949.
August 3 is set aside for the Pizza Ranch Fundraiser Night in Billings. Bring the family, and your appetites, to Pizza Ranch. Eagle Mount will receive 20 percent of the price of your bill, but you must dine between 5 and 8 p.m. They’ll get the same deal if you order in, as long as you mention Eagle Mount when you order.
Pizza Ranch is located at 2505 King Ave. W in Billings. Call them at (406) 294-3663 and check out their menu online.
Dig deep, if you can
Finally, consider making a financial contribution to help Eagle Mount’s participants “embrace life without limits.” You can give online by clicking here, or drop off or mail your donation to Eagle Mount Billings, 1140 16th St. West, Suite #12, Billings MT 59102.
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