As you will see, below, in a message from MYCA Director Trent Gibson, the Montana Youth Challenge Academy is suspending its current class until at least April 17. Cadets will be picked up tomorrow, March 28. 

Dear Families, Mentors, and Friends of MYCA-

The Academy has taken proactive and aggressive steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection to meet guidance and directives while keeping our Cadets in training and focused on their progress. The MYCA Staff, UMW Staff, our partners in the Dillon community, and our Cadets have done an exceptional job responding to the limitations and making the necessary adjustments to operations to meet the guidance from our local and state healthcare professionals.

I have been in constant contact with public health officials to validate the mitigation steps we have put in place.   As you are all aware, the situation continues to evolve and risk reductions measures are constantly being assessed.  We have had staff pulling double shifts, working overtime, and putting the needs of their families aside to ensure we could continue training.  They are truly to be commended.

Today, we have received an official recommendation to suspend operations at MYCA from Beaverhead County Health Department.   Given the current circumstances and the ever-changing situational environment I must act to protect the Cadets and staff.  As the Commandant of the Academy I feel we must comply with this recommendation and temporarily suspend the program.

The suspension of MYCA operations will begin Sunday, March 29, 2020 and will continue until Friday, April 17, 2020.