Rock Climbing Summer Camp for Teens

Our 5-day program will lay down a solid foundation of climbing skills with an emphasis on safety and best practices. Campers will learn to advance their climbing technique and expand their understanding of gear, climbing ethics, advocacy, and teamwork in an outdoor setting at the world renowned New River Gorge. 
 
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CAMPER PROFILE:

Our overnight camp is suitable for co-ed teens aged 12-17* who are stoked indoor gym climbers who want to become confident, competent and independent outdoor climbers. *(Mature 11-year-old kids who turn 12 in the same calendar year are welcome to apply.)

Our typical camper is a teenager with indoor climbing experience, many of our campers compete on their local climbing team at the divisional, regional, and national levels with USA Climbing. They are psyched about climbing and want to immerse themselves in a week (or two) of outdoor climbing at the world-renowned New River Gorge.

Return and experienced campers ages 17-18 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.

 

Our campers learn the following:

-outdoor top rope and lead climbing at a different crag every day

-anchor setup and cleaning

-introduction to trad gear placement

-crack climbing technique

-projecting/redpointing tactics

-rappelling best practices

 

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 our hired shuttle service picks them up and takes them to a new climbing area every day. Evenings are spent sharing climbing stories around a campfire, yoga/silks, card games, and chilling out.

OUR STAFF:

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.

 

OUR PROGRAM:

Our summer camp program is celebrating it's 10th year and we've continually improved the camper experience year after year. The key to our success in not only our experienced staff who are AMGA SPI Certified Instructors & Guides, but our low ratio and small group size.

 

We maintain a camper-to-guide ratio of 4:1, with a maximum of 8 campers per session. This allows ensures a quality experience and supervision throughout. Each camper will receive individualized instruction that will help challenge their climbing ability and expand their knowledge of outdoor climbing appropriate for their experience levels and goals.

 

SCHEDULE 2023:
  • SUNDAY: Campers arrive at noon, get settled into camp, and go through orientation, set expectations for the week. Half-day climbing to get familiar with the New River Gorge.

  • MONDAY/TUESDAY: Climbing around the New River Gorge.

  • WEDNESDAY: Guided SUP tour on Summersville Lake, and rope swing

  • THURSDAY: More climbing, revisit favorite climbs, and open projects.

  • FRIDAY: Noon, parent pickup.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

1. Choose your preferred start date on the calendar widget.

2. Click the BOOK NOW link. You will then be prompted to enter your contact info, answer a few personal questions, and pay a 50% deposit. The remaining deposit is due 60 days prior to camp start. This will automatically draft on the card you originally use.

3. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION & INFO PACKET. Print the signature pages and bring them with you on the first day of camp.

 

TUITION INCLUDES:
  • Instruction and Coaching led by Certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructors

  • 24-hour supervision by adult staff

  • Shuttle service throughout the week

  • 5 nights of camping (Sunday-Thursday)

  • 5 days of climbing (Sunday-Thursday)

  • Hot breakfast, catered lunches, and dinners

  • 4:1 Camper/Instructor ratio

  • Guided Stand Up Paddle Board tour with Mountain Surf Paddle Sports

  • Use of all technical climbing equipment (helmet, climbing shoes, harness, hardware, ropes)

Session 1 (12-14):
OPEN
JULY 23 - 28, 2023
Session 2 (Ages 14-17):
OPEN
JULY 30 - AUGUST 4, 2023
Session 3 (Ages 14-17):
OPEN 
AUGUST 6-11, 2023