Montana State University

Peaks and Potentials Camp

The Office of Continuing Education at Extended University offers both face-to-face and online learning opportunities:

  • Degree Programs
  • Certificate Programs
  • Professional Development
  • Summer Field Study Programs
  • Study Abroad
  • Leisure and Lifelong Learning
  • Youth Programs

A fun, interactive and educational camp

For high-potential kids entering grades 5, 6, and 7

When: June 19-24, 2016
Location: Montana State University in Bozeman
Registration: Registration form (PDF) / Workshops (PDF)


  • Resident (lodging, all meals, activities): $644
  • Commuter (5 lunches, 4 dinners, activities): $468
  • Commuter (5 lunches, activities): $429


Now in its 33rd summer, Peaks & Potentials gives high-ability, high-potential students the opportunity 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.

Students have the option of staying overnight in the campus dorms or commuting from home each day. All classes emphasize personal instruction, small group interaction and a "hands-on" experiential approach. Academic, recreational and social activities offer students a chance to interact with their peers and sample campus life.

Note: A signature from an appropriate school official is NOT required for the student's acceptance. There was a misprint in some brochures.


Peaks & Potentials is June 19-24, 2016. Check-in, orientation (mandatory for all participants and first-year parents), and an ice cream social are Sunday, June 19, and all workshops and activities begin Monday, June 20. Resident students will need to be dropped off between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday and picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday.

Tuition and Activity Fee: $389

The tuition and activity fee includes workshop tuition, all group and evening activities, Sunday ice cream social and a Peaks & Potentials t-shirt.

Meal Plan

Resident Fee: $255

The resident fee includes cost of housing for one person in a double-occupancy dorm room for five nights and dorm supervision. The fee also includes five breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners in the residence hall cafeteria.

Commuter Meals: $40 (5 lunches) or $79 (5 lunches + 4 dinners)

Students who are not staying in the residence halls choose one commuter meal plan: either five lunches, or five lunches and four dinners. Breakfasts and individual dinners can be purchased each day on-site (cash only!): $7 per breakfast or $9 per dinner.

If local students leave campus for dinner, they are strongly encouraged to return for evening activities. There will be no refunds for students who do not participate in these activities.


All students participate in three separate workshops. Workshops fill on a first-come/first-served basis.

2016 Workshops:

  • Montana Mountains and Maps
  • Microscope Biology
  • Creative Writing 101
  • Some Like it Hot! Exploring the Limits of Life on Earth
  • Science of the Invisible
  • Martian Living and Growing Solar Homes/Grow Houses
  • Explore: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Ideas to Inventions
  • PPI: Peaks and Potentials Investigation Team
  • Game On!
  • Water Breathing Explorations in Our Watershed
  • Minecraft & Engineering Design Challenges
  • A Day in the Life of an Aquatic Scientist
  • Introduction to Spanish: Restaurant-themed

See full workshop descriptions in the Peaks brochure (PDF).

Workshop Maximum/Minimum Enrollments

All workshops have a maximum enrollment of 16 and a minimum enrollment of 12; every effort will be made to place participants in their first choices, but all workshops fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If minimum enrollments are not met, the workshop will be canceled and participants will be placed in one of their subsequent choices.

Dorms and Meals

Students will be housed in the North Hedges Residence Hall on the MSU campus and will eat all meals at the Miller Dining Hall on campus.

Deposit and Refund Policy

A non-refundable deposit of $50 per participant is required to reserve a spot. The balance is due May 27. Cancellations prior to that date will receive a refund minus the $50 deposit. No refunds will be given after May 27. A social security number is required to process a refund.


Registration form (PDF).

Find all workshop descriptions in the Peaks brochure (PDF).

Return Registration Form and deposit to:

MSU Extended University
Office of Continuing Education
200 Culbertson Hall
PO Box 172200
Bozeman, MT 59717-2200

Fax: 406-994-6546

For More Information

E-mail Nicole Soll at or call (406) 994-6683 or (866) 540-5660 (toll free).

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