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BRAVE & ÁNiMO Leadership Program

The summer MOSS B.R.A.V.E. (Building Relationships, Adventure, and Values through the Environment) program invites middle school students (ages 10–14) to make new friends, explore the outdoors, and gain leadership skills. This counselor-in-training program builds participants’ ability to lead youth programs and apply them within our McCall community. Participants will:

  • Take CPR Certification and Basic First Aid Training
  • Gain experience leading groups of pre-K through elementary students in outdoor activities
  • Develop and practice leadership and interpersonal skills

Introducing ÁNiMO!

The first 3-weeks of summer we are thrilled to introduce ÁNiMO: Amistades, la Naturaleza de McCall, y Oportunidades. ÁNiMO is a bilingual extension of the Building Relationships Adventure, and Values through the Environment (BRAVE) leadership program at MOSS. Ánimo is a Spanish word that means “encouragement”, and broadly means “Don’t give up! You can do it!” The intended purpose of this program is to create a welcoming space for local Hispanic students to practice leadership skills and build relationships with one another, the local environment, and the community.

Summer 2024 Dates:

ÁNiMO: June 10 - June 28 (no programming June 19)
BRAVE Session 1: July 1 – July 19 (no programming July 4)
BRAVE Session 2: July 22 – Aug 9
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday

These day programs are for participants ages 10-14.

How to Enroll

We recognize that MOSS experiences benefit students of all backgrounds. This year, we will continue to prioritize those who may face financial constraints, ensuring broader access to this opportunity.

  • On Feb. 1, registration will open for those who qualify for ANY scholarship.
  • On March 1, registration will be open to all.

» Learn more about SCHOLARSHIPS and RATES (PDF)
» RESERVE your preferred 3-week session:

» Use the step-by-step instructions on how to enroll your student
(Before March 1, you will need a passcode from Dylan Porter to complete this step)

Payment Process

  • Online payment platform — U of I Marketplace (please check your email for an autoreply receipt)

Payments must be made before the first day of your session. We will begin to take payments starting May 1st. Until that time, your reservation is safe and we will contact everyone when payment is open.

» Parent Informational Packet

Frequently Asked Questions

The student to instructor ratio depends on the size of the session. Our goal is to have five students to one field instructor to provide excellent mentorship.

MOSS is located inside of Ponderosa State Park (PSP) so we are fortunate to have the park as our playground. We will also canoe to various locations on Payette Lake. Our goal is to show students how to use McCall’s public bus system and visit various community locations including the McCall Library and Brown’s Park. 

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you need to drop off your child late or pick them up early, just contact the on-call phone number 208-855-1081. Unfortunately, we cannot give any discounts. One full day is billed regardless of how long your child actually attended.

Click the enrollment link below and use the guide to help you through the process. Please have a good idea of the dates you need to reserve. Changing dates in the new enrollment system is not simple.

Enroll in the BRAVE Leadership Program

Step-by-Step Enrollment Guide

All instructors meet the hiring criteria of age and experience working with children. They have all passed a background check, taken four (4) protecting minors training courses, are First Aid and CPR certified, and have gone through our week-long intensive staff training. Some, but not all, are also lifeguard certified.


Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244



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