Option 1A – $500 – Tuition and meals.


Option 1B – $520 – Tuition and gluten-free or vegetarian meals.


Option 2A – $445 – Tuition and meals for current (paid in 2024) *MSOTFA members.


Option 2B – $465 – Tuition and gluten-free or vegetarian meals for current (paid in 2024) *MSOTFA members.


Option 3 – $355 – Tuition only (for students preparing their own meals.)


Option 4A – $265 – Meals only (for non-students attending with a paying student.)


Option 4B – $285 – Gluten-free or vegetarian meals only (for non-students attending with a paying student.)


Meals will be served in the main lodge.  Three hearty, home-cooked meals will be served each day.  Meals include a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and fresh fruit.  Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available for an additional fee.  Coffee is available in the lodge.  Meal availability is limited.  Meals will be served beginning with Sunday morning breakfast, ending with breakfast on Friday.  There is a small kitchen located in Providence available for student use.  There are restaurants located in Monarch and Neihart.


*See for membership information.



Dorm – no additional charge


Tent – $25 per unit


RV without hookups – $25 per unit


RV with power and water – $75 per unit


There are three dorms located on campus:  male, female, and family.  Each dorm contains ten sets of bunk beds and will be limited to ten residents each.  You may use the top bunk for storage.  Private shower stalls are available in each dorm and available to all campers.  There is plenty of space for RVs and tents.  Please stop at the entrance to the camp for guidance to an appropriate spotAll vehicles must be parked in the meadow once unloaded.


Additional accommodations:

Cougar Canyon Lodge (Monarch)

Bob’s Motel (Neihart)



St. Thomas Church Camp

4806 US Hwy 89

Monarch MT 59463


The camp is located between Great Falls and White Sulphur Springs, near mile marker 48.  The nearest airport is Great Falls International Airport, approximately 50 miles from camp.  There will be a $40 charge for round-trip pick-up and delivery.  Please contact Camp Director Fred Buckley at 406-320-1150 for arrangements.



Registration is available online beginning January 29, 2024.  A deposit of $100 per student is required to register.  You can also download, print, and mail the form with your check for $100 per student.  We will close registration options as they fill.  You may request to be placed on the waiting list if your chosen options have filled.  Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations after April 1, 2024.



Students under the age of 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Unacceptable behavior by children or adults is not tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal.  Tuition will not be refunded.  We reserve the right to refuse service.



Recording devices and ID tags for your instrument cases are highly recommended.  Dorm residents must provide bedding, towels, and toiletries.  You may need warm clothing.  The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains.  Most importantly, bring your enthusiasm.



Classes will begin Sunday afternoon.  You will choose one group instructor for the week.  Each group class will meet twice a day.   In addition, there will be two sessions each day for optional workshops.  Subject matter for workshops will be listed daily on the white board in the lodge.  The student concert is held on Thursday evening. (It is optional.  Some students prefer not to participate.)  Friday morning is breakfast and good-byes.  Instructor concerts are held nightly at 7:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday, followed by contra-dancing.  All are welcome to participate in the dancing and dance band.



You may arrive any time after 1:00 PM on Saturday.  Please note:  the first meal served will be breakfast on Sunday morning.  Saturday meals are on your own.  Departure is Friday morning after breakfast.


Local restaurants:

Cougar Canyon Lodge – Monarch

Bob’s Motel – Neihart




The auction is a beloved camp tradition, started many years ago by our dance instructor, Dot Kent.  We appreciate every donation.  We will hold a live auction of the most sought-after items Wednesday evening after the concert.  All other items will be sold through silent auction, culminating on Thursday evening.  Sharpen your pencil!  It can be rather competitive!  Join the fun and help us keep our tuition prices low.



Fred Buckley, Camp Director; 406-320-1150

Jill Flikkema, Camp Sec/Treas; 406-539-4860