Montana Mountain Mission
(Ha! See that what we did there?! A fun little word play on our mission out here in the mountains and plains of Montana)
The Adventures in Cardboard Mission as developed by the originators in Minnesota:
"Adventures in Cardboard inspires creative and imaginative play, both theatrical and tactically competitive, in beautiful wild places. We seek to re-inspire community-oriented and creative outdoor play.
We facilitate activities that demand the use of legs and feet as much as hands and head, where artist-instructors seek to unleash a zeal for creative role-playing and group tactical organization, and where “wonder” is the preferred path to igniting a passion for design, construction and playful exploration of the natural world.
In Adventures in Cardboard, artists and children take inspiration from the natural world to create their own fantastic places to inhabit and explore. We know that natural spaces open the imagination, and in turn the imagination can open new respect and longing for the natural world. From the work of Richard Louv and others describing “Nature Deficit Disorder” we know children are smarter, healthier and happier when they have time for open play in natural places.
Adventures in Cardboard also seeks to instill children with the strong notion, gained from experience, that any group of kids is a resource for creative fun that can easily compete with the fun of computer screens and phones. No guilt-tripping here: our counselors also love and enjoy the incredible video games and social media possibilities of our age, but Adventures in Cardboard has a track record of inspiring children to organize their own group summer adventures at home with little more than their combined imagination, a thicket of trees and maybe a scrap of cardboard."
Here in Montana, this mission remains true. We seek to inspire creative and imaginative play, theatrical eccentrics and tactical competition, in outdoor spaces that encourage participants to explore and interact with our environment and with each other more. We seek to build relationships amongst participants, our staff, and our communities that inspire creative outdoor play, build on life-long learning, and allow us to connect with the fundamentals of life - i.e. each other.