Dates and Location

Participant at Peaks & Potentials 2021

Dates: June 16-21, 2024
Cost: $549-$799
Grades: 5-7 (in Fall 2024)
Location: Montana State University, Bozeman
Registration opens: Tuesday, March 19, 2024


Peaks and Potentials camp allows high-potential students to come to the MSU campus and explore special topics of interest while working with experts in various subject areas.

Instructors are MSU faculty members, students and experienced professionals from the area. University students and professionals act as directors and counselors throughout the week.

All workshops emphasize personal instruction, small group interaction and a "hands-on" experiential approach. In addition, academic, recreational and social activities offer students a chance to interact with their peers and sample campus life.

Want to Be an Instructor?

Applications are now being accepted for instructors. Faculty, grad students and qualified professionals are welcome to apply. We aim to offer academically diverse courses for the participants—from anatomy to music, computer science, business, physics, chemistry and art. Presenters will be paid a workshop stipend and receive a supply allowance.

To apply, contact Kathleen Linder, Camp Director, at 406-836-2085 or

Camp Sponsors

Thanks to our 2024 Peaks and Potentials camp sponsors!

Altos Photonics

MSU College of Agriculture

MSU Gianforte School of Computing

MSU Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing

Montana Parent

MSU Office of Academic Affairs and Provost

MSU Office of Research and Economic Development

Want to be a sponsor?

Sponsorships will be used to provide need-based scholarships for students. We want to ensure that all interested students have the opportunity to attend Peaks & Potentials Camp, regardless of their ability to pay.

Sponsor names and logos will be included on camp materials.

Interest List

When you add yourself to the interest list, you receive camp news and updates, including information about the opening of registration.

Add yourself to the interest list

Before You Register

To save time when registering, we recommend that you:

  1. Create accounts for yourself and the children you plan to enroll.
  2. Rank the workshops your child would like to attend in each time slot.

Creating Accounts

You will need online accounts for both you and each child you plan to enroll. 

How to Register

See our instructions for how to register.

Ranking Workshops

When you register, you will rank each workshop in each time slot. There are three (3) time slots (morning, mid-morning and afternoon) with 5-6 workshops per time slot.

Before you register, we recommend reviewing the workshop schedule and ranking the workshops your child would like to take. The workshop schedule will be posted soon.

Each timeslot must have all workshops ranked 1-6, with 1 being the first choice, 2 being the second choice, etc. When we receive your registration, we will do our best to place your child in their highest-ranked workshop choice. We will process all registrations in order according to the day and time they are received. Therefore, the earlier you register your child, the better their chance of receiving their higher-ranked workshops!

We do not guarantee that we can place your children in the same workshops as their friends. Workshop placement is based on availability and registration day/time. There will be opportunities to see each other at lunch, afternoon free time, and evening activities.

View the 2023 Workshop Schedule


Girls, woman at Peaks



The resident fee includes the cost of housing for one person in a supervised, double occupancy residence hall room for five nights, five breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners in the campus dining hall. It also includes workshop tuition, all group activities and a t-shirt.

Resident plan students should be dropped off on campus between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and picked up by 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

Bear spray clinic at Peaks & Potentials 2021


The commuter plans include workshop tuition, all group activities and a t-shirt.

Lunch only - Includes five lunches $549

Lunch and dinner - Includes five lunches and four dinners $629


Participants will eat lunch on campus. The cost of the camp includes five lunches.


All workshops and activities begin Monday, June 17, 2024.

At this time, we are planning to have residents and commuters check in on the evening of Sunday, June 16. There will be a short orientation to be attended by parents and participants, with possible ice cream social to follow. More information will follow in camp letters.

Deposit and Refund Policy

You may cancel your registration until Friday, June 7, 2024, for a full refund minus the $50 deposit.

If Peaks and Potentials 2024 is canceled due to any issue, full refunds will be processed.

Camp Rules and Expectations

The camp confirmation letter will include documentation regarding Camp Rules and Expectations.


If you or your child are experiencing any symptoms of being ill, please stay home and call the camp director to let us know that your camper won’t be attending camp.

COVID-19 Protocols

MSU Continuing, Professional and Lifelong Learning makes decisions based on policies and guidelines set by Montana State University, the Montana University System, and the State of Montana.

For More Information

Tricia Bailey
Continuing & Professional Education Development Manager
Academic Technology & Outreach