Gifted FAQs

No.  However, first time-campers must have two recommendation forms completed by school personnel.  You can send the links to these online forms to the teachers you request.  

The camp is for those entering 5th grade to entering 9th grade for the coming academic year (at the time of camp).  It is not based on the age of the camper. 

An online application form becomes available March 1, 2022. 

A link to the registration form is available on the Gifted Institute website, or it can be accessed directly at

First-time campers/applicants must have two (2) positive teacher recommendation forms submitted by June 1st.  

You will be notified of your acceptance into the institute after the application has been reviewed.  If you are a first-time camper and are missing recommendations, you will be notified of your provisional acceptance pending two positive recommendations.  Campers will be able to select class preferences beginning April 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm.  You will receive an email verifying class assignments, typically within two weeks of class selections.  

You should provide your child’s teachers with the recommendation form .  Other school personnel, such counselors or principals, may also complete the form.  If you have questions regarding other personnel filling out the forms, please contact us.

The total cost of the 2022 institute is $845.  This includes is a $50 non-refundable application fee and $795 tuition fee.  Tuition can be broken up into payments.  Upon acceptance, a $300 tuition deposit is required in order to select class preferences (refundable until June 1).   Full tuition is due by July 1.  Tuition assistance may be available to those who qualify.  Please contact Joe Helbling for more information.  

Tuition assistance may be available to those who qualify for free/reduced lunch.  Please contact us for more information.

You can expect to be notified of your acceptance status as early as April 1 and/or within two weeks of submitting your application.  Beginning March 1st, you can complete your application and pay the application fee. First-time applicants will be notified of their acceptance after we have received and reviewed the teacher recommendation forms. 

Even if we do not receive both recommendations until after the registration opens (March 1), you should still register for the Gifted Institute and reserve your spot.  We will hold your spot pending full acceptance until June 1.  If we do not receive the recommendations by June 1, your classes will not be reserved, and you will be assigned classes based on availability once we do receive the recommendations.

No.  There is not a requirement to set a doctor’s appointment for the medical form.  The parent or guardian must sign the form on our website.  We must have this form in order for your child to attend the camp. All medical forms are shredded & deleted after camp.

The online medical form is only available once class selection opens in April. 

Registration for classes opens on April 5th 2022 at 6:00 pm.  You will log back into the account you created when you applied and select classes.  

Registration for class selection opens April 5th, 2022 at 6:00 pm.  You will log back into the account you created when you completed the initial application.  You will be asked to rank all classes from most-desired  to least-desired.

Class assignments are based on a combination of factors including your class rankings, the time of class registration, class capacity, and camper seniority.  

The $300 tuition deposit is due at the time of class selections (no later than June 1).  The remaining balance is due by July 1st.  

Classes are reserved based on a combination of your class rankings, time of class registration, and class capacity.  Additional priority may be given to campers who have attended in previous years and have not yet had the opportunity to take a class.  First-time campers cannot reserve classes without having submitted two recommendations from school personnel.  Campers will be asked to rank all classes from most-desired  to least-desired.  If your camper does not receive his/her first choice, he/she will be placed on a waitlist and will be notified if an opening becomes available.  You should receive an email with class assignments in early May (or within 2 weeks for those who register for classes after May 1) .  

When you fill out your application form, you may request a roommate.  In order to honor requests, roommates need to be jointly requested (both campers requesting each other).  We cannot accommodate triple occupancy room requests because the limited triple units must be kept available for emergency placements. 

Due to Carroll College policy, there are no single occupancy rooms; all campers must have a roommate.  

Groups are generally created based on age & grade, and are separated by gender.  Each group has a designated counselor leader.  Each group and counselor are assigned rooms on the same dorm hall. Boys and girls will not be assigned to the same hall. 

Yes.  Campers can be dropped off or picked up by other parties, but we ask that you complete a form to make other arrangements for pick up or drop off. 

We can make arrangements for early pick up, or late drop off, of campers.  The sooner we know this information, the better.  Please contact us.

Ensuring the safety of your child while they are in our care and under our supervision is of utmost importance to us. Over the past year, Carroll College has taken a number of steps to enhance our safety and security protocols on campus. Most notably, as fall 2020, we now have a full-time, year-round Director of Campus Security and Public Safety. Our new director, Jason Grimmis, spent his career in law enforcement, having most recently served as Undersheriff for the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

All Gifted Institute staff undergo background checks and receive mandatory training in working with and protecting minors.

In addition, we have tightened our residence hall access controls and key card privileges. All of our residence halls on campus are now locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and key card access is provided to only those who have express permission for a specific building. Securitas, our contracted security provider, also has regular patrols of campus, including during the summer months when our camps, such as the Gifted Institute, are in session. For any questions regarding our security protocols, please contact Jason Grimmis at 406-447-4404 or


In order to make camp both a positive and a safe experience for everyone, cell phones are only permitted during designated times of the day under the supervision of camp staff.  We strongly encourage cell phones be left at home. If a camper brings a cell phone, it will be held by the counselor and made available at designated times, or upon request for situations deemed appropriate."   

If your child needs to call home, they should speak with their counselor or the camp director. Parents will be contacted if any problems arise or if their child is experiencing a challenge in adjusting to camp life.  Further, parents may contact their child at any time through the counselor or director.


updated policy for 2022