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Camp Paxson 2023

Sussex School has been going to camp as an entire community for over 42 years. This annual Sussex excursion is a great opportunity to welcome new families, visit with returning families, and build community. In the process, we all learn a little something about the outdoors, our friends, and ourselves. 


Sussex is returning to Camp Paxson on Seeley Lake again this year. All costs to attend Camp are covered by the school. Parents of Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade students are strongly encouraged to attend with their children. Parents in all grades are needed to drive to and from and to volunteer at camp; there are no costs to parents to attend camp. The sign-up sheet is here and is due August 21. Let us know on the sheet if you can volunteer; teachers will assign you tasks at Camp as needed.


Scheduled activities will be arranged by teachers.  Activities include hiking, swimming, kayaking, art, group challenges, and outdoor group games. Some activities may include parents, and some are designed to foster a sense of classroom community and bonding between the teachers and their students.

August 31 for Zap/Zep & September 1 for Zip! 

All Students

  • Sack Lunch & Snacks

  • Complete Change of Clothes

  • Warm Layer

  • Sun Hat

  • Rain Gear

  • Swimsuit & Towel

  • Shorts

  • Comfortable Closed-Toe Walking Shoes

  • Extra Shoes

  • Life Jacket (if you have one, please label)

  • Water Bottle

  • Sunscreen


Optional Items

  • Compass

  • Camera

  • Binoculars 

Student Packing List

Zap/Zep Camp:

  • Thur Aug 31: 5th–8th graders leave Missoula by 7:30 to arrive at Camp by 8:30am and leave Camp at 5:30pm.

  • Parent drivers are welcome to stay at camp, return to Missoula, or are invited back to camp for the 3:30 Sing-Off and 4:15 Science Challenge.

  • Fri Sept 1: 5th–8th graders have regular classes on campus.


Zip Camp:

  • Thur Aug 31: K–4th graders have regular classes on campus. AfterCare will be offered.

  • Fri Sept 1: K–4th graders leave Missoula by 7:30 to arrive at Camp by 8:30am and leave Camp at 3:00pm to return to Sussex. There is no AfterCare on the 1st.


For All Campers:

  • Help your child pack.

  • ALL students and parent volunteers need to bring a sack lunch, a water bottle, and snacks for the day.

  • Please park in the lot as you enter Camp. Parking is limited, and carpooling is encouraged!

  • No dogs allowed at Camp.


Parent Hours: It takes a whole village to run our camp. Please sign up to drive/volunteer. All hours spent transporting or being onsite at Camp Paxson count toward parent hours!

Camp Details
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Packing List & Details
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