Rock Climbing Summer Camp
Our camp programs are ideal for kids who are motivated climbers, providing them with an opportunity to experience outdoor climbing, while they learn about the techniques and skills necessary to do so safely.
This camp is suitable for co-ed teens age 12-18 who are avid indoor gym climbers and seek opportunities to advance their outdoor climbing skills. We'll lay a solid foundation of climbing skills with an emphasis on decision-making skills, risk assessment, best safety practices, sound judgment.
Rock Campers will learn to advance their climbing technique, knowledge of gear and equipment, the importance of ethics, teamwork, problem-solving, and trust.
Campers spend the week camping out under the stars at the American Alpine Club Campground with access to hot showers, flush toilets, and running water. They will pitch their tents at our base camp, and then launch out to a new climbing area every day. The evenings are spent sharing climbing stories around a campfire with s'mores. Tall tales are guaranteed.
Return and experienced campers ages 16-18 are encouraged to participate in a Junior Counselor position. They will have the added responsibility of mentoring the younger campers and helping with facilitating the group experience throughout the week. Please inquire if you are interested in this option.
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The Teen Rock Camp Counselor/Instructors specialize in teen programs and are American Mountain Guide Association Certified Single Pitch Instructors. They are excellent teachers, mentors, and role models, who lead by example with integrity and respect.
This 6-day overnight camp is geared towards giving teens the opportunity to climb outdoors and apply their previous indoor climbing experience to an outdoor setting. Each day we'll go to a new climbing area from the New River Gorge to Summersville Lake to put new skills to the test,
We maintain a low camper-to-guide ratio of 4 to 1 to maximize experiential learning time on the rock. We keep the group size small with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 campers per session. This ensures that each Rock Camper will receive individualized instruction that will help challenge his/her climbing ability and expand their knowledge of outdoor climbing in an appropriate manner.
MONDAY: Campers arrive at noon, get settled into camp, and go through introductions and orientations to establish guidelines, expectations, and personal climbing goals for the week. Half-day climbing to get familiar with the New River Gorge.
TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY: Climbing around the New River Gorge.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Climbing at Summersville Lake and Meadow River Gorge
SATURDAY: Pack up camp and depart for home.
HOW TO APPLY:
1. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION & INFO PACKET. Print the signature pages and bring them with you on arrival day.
2. Pay tuition to reserve your spot by using the ENROLL NOW link. If you prefer to pay by check or make other payment arrangements, please give us a call, we are happy to help.
3. Fill out the CAMPER QUESTIONNAIRE so we can learn more about you.
Full payment is due by June 30th. Payment plans are available, please inquire.
Instruction and Coaching let by Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructors
24-hour supervision by adult staff
Transportation during the camp
5 nights of camping (Monday-Friday)
5 days of climbing (Monday-Friday)
All campsite meals
4:1 Camper/Instructor ratio
Use of all technical climbing equipment (helmet, climbing shoes, harness, hardware, ropes)
New River Gorge, WV
Session 1 (12-16):
JULY 19-24, 2021
Session 2 (Ages 12-14):
JULY 26-31, 2021
Session 3 (Ages 14-17):
AUGUST 2-7, 2021
Session 4 (Ages 11-13):
AUGUST 9-14, 2021