Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MLK Jr., Day of Service and National Mentoring Month Celebration

On Saturday, January 16th, a group of B.E.A.R. youth gathered with families and community members to serve others by transporting recyclables from their homes to the Ravalli County Recycling Center. 

We picked up recycling at 9 residences in the Bitterroot. At each pick up, we left behind a small thank you note to show our appreciation for the residents contribution to our community by recycling.

Mike and Meghan pull cardboard out of the truck

Sorting recycling

Gerardo, Lucas, and Amanda hang out in the back of the truck while we run across town picking up recycling

Victoria, Leslie, Meagan, Jeremy, and Jessica made a delicious chili lunch at the B.E.A.R. den

Mike seems confused about where the phone books belong
Phone books? Here they are

Amanda and Mike recycle side by side

                   At the end of the day, we had recycled 2.5 truck bed loads of recyclables!
Lucas helps to empty out the back of the truck

Our day ended with an interactive game of trivia. The winning team won a box of treats which included special snacks from Japan, courtesy of Mike!

Playing trivia in the garage

Thanks to everyone who came to our event to show their support for MLK Jr. and National Mentoring Month! The chili was fantastic and so was the company! 

We look forward to working with our community friends again this spring to celebrate Earth Day in April. More details to come!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Open House and Slideshow

In September we held our Annual End of the year Summer Slideshow & first Open House!

We had plenty of kiddos, their families and local community members stop by and show their support!

Many folks had time to tour the new B.E.A.R. headquarters, chat with the B.E.A.R. staff and meet some of our youth!

At 7, our Annual Slideshow began highlighting a year of adventures and fun!

Playing ping pong in the driveway

Hannah, Mike, and Val give a thumbs up to B.E.A.R.

The boys check out pictures from the past

Sean came back to B.E.A.R. to present youth awards

Diane presents awards to youth

Participants who had been in the program for 3 or more years were presented with a small nature-based gift that highlighted one of their strengths.

                                                Tom presents awards to the Sk8 crew

B.E.A.R. would like to thank all those who came out to support us and join in on the fun!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BackPacking 2015: On the Trail to Big Creek Lake

Hello BEAR friends!

This summer we took an excursion to Big Creek Lake! 
8 local middle school youth embarked on a 5-day backpacking journey through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. 
Off we go!

Through rain, shine, and smoke, we made it through with many fun stories along the way.

Fun and games along the way. 

The first day was filled with rain, wind, and chills but we made it through!                              

Our youth learned the importance of teamwork, resiliency and hanging food.  
Bear claws along the trail

We had a lot fun in the creeks along the way, crossing bridges and exploring the trail.
Creekside pose

On day 2, featuring a large elevation leap and hours trudging through heavy brush we made it to our destination: Big Creek Lake! 

Day 3, was filled with hiking, swimming, and fishing. 

He caught a fish! Whoa

Some of us stayed near camp and took a dip near the lake, while others embarked on a 2 mile hike through the back country. 

On day 4, we had to leave our campsite for the journey back home. In 94 degree temperatures, we decided to cool off with a quick lake dip.  

A quick dip before leaving our site

The journey back down was faster, filled with educational stops along the way. 
The kids learning about snakes and other wildlife.

Our evenings were filled with fun, 


And Laughter!

A mid-evening snack! Yummy chocolate. 

Our B.E.A.R. cubs had a great time in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, traveling 20 miles in 5 days! Give them a roar for their determination.

Time for a water break

Expect to hear more about our backpacking adventures, this fall. 

If you have a youth interested in backpacking this fall, contact us at (406) 363-5410 or visit

For more pictures, visit us on facebook: 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Whitewater Rafting

Greetings All!

Hope you are staying dry on this drizzly day!

The BEAR kiddos of K.O.R.E. and Venture O.U.T. took advantage of the warm weather last week, and took a trip to the Alberton Gorge with the Zoo Town Surfers.

River ready!

Safety First! Must learn the rules of  the rapids.

Thanks to our handy guides, Ashley and Kelsey,  we were able to learn the ins and outs of the Alberton Gorge, tackling  the Clark Fork River's class 3 rapids. From Davy's Locker to Fang, we navigated with no flips or topples.

Although, some of us got a little soaked. 

They learned the importance of teamwork  while steering through   Tumbleweed and Three Bridges. 

Go team, BEAR!


We had a great time rafting the 11 miles down river,

with swim and snack breaks in between rapids. Nothing beats a snack on the river!

We would like to thank our guides for the fun time! Thank you Jason and the Zoo Town Surfers staff!
At last, we had to leave Alberton Gorge. We hope to see you soon! 

To see more pictures, check out our Facebook Page!
See you soon with more fun-filled adventures.