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.  It is not based on the age of the camper. 

There is an online application form which becomes available March 2nd at 6:00 pm.  

For first-time campers, 2 positive teacher recommendation forms need to be completed by school personnel. These recommendations must be submitted by June 1st.  

After the application has been received and reviewed, you will be notified of your acceptance into the institute.  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 8 at 6:00 pm.  You will receive an email verifying class assignments, usually within two weeks of class selections.  

You should provide your child’s teachers with the recommendation form .  School 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 2021 institute is $745.  This includes is a $50 non-refundable application fee and $695 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 May 15).   Full tuition is due by June 1.  Tuition assistance may be available to those who qualify.  Please contact Allison for more information.  

There may be limited tuition assistance 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 at 6:00 pm, you can complete your application and pay the application fee. First-time campers will be notified of their acceptance into the institute 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 May 15.  If we do not receive the recommendations by May 15, 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. 

The online medical form is only available to campers once class selection opens on April 8th at 6:00 pm. 

Registration for classes opens on April 8th 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 8th 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 your class rankings, the time of class registration and class capacity.   At this time you may pay the full tuition amount of $695 or the tuition deposit of $300.  The $300 tuition deposit is due at the time of class selections (as early as April 8 and no later than June 1).  The remaining balance of $345 is due by July 1st.  

Classes are reserved based on a combination of your class rankings, time of class registration, and class capacity.  Additional priortity 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 personel.  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 will receive an email with class assignments typically within 4 weeks of making your selections.  

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 do not have triple occupancy room requests that can be honored as the limited triple units we have 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 around age groups.  All groups have a counselor leader and are separated by gender.  The groups are assigned rooms together and on the same dorm floor.  

Yes.  Campers can be dropped off or picked up by other parties.  You must 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


Due to liability and privacy concerns, we cannot coordinate carpooling.  We may be able to create groups on our Facebook page for parties to coordinate that information themselves. 

Gifted Institute cell phone policy:   Campers may bring cell phones to camp, but they must always demonstrate respectful behavior to their peers and camp staff.  Cell phones will not be used during classes or activities.  Any student in violation for this policy will have his/her cell phone confiscated.  

Explanation:  We have given much thought to this issue after receiving feedback from parents and staff regarding the pros and cons of cell phones at camp.   At this time, we recommend that you leave your cell phone at home unless you have significant reason to bring it.  Your camper may communicate with you at any time through his/her counselor or camp staff.  Additionally, computers with email access are available daily.  If you choose to send a cell phone with your camper, we ask that you discuss safe and respectful phone use.  The general trend among summer camps has been to ban cell phones.  We may find ourselved doing the same in the next year or two, but this year we are asking that you make the decision yourself.