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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. 

Our rock climbing summer 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 for Session 1).

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.


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.


Teen Camp Graduates and experienced climbers ages 17-19 are encouraged to attend our exclusive Climbing Instructor Academy (CIA). Accepted applicants will attend a 5-day training week which prepares them to be Climbing Instructor Assistants. They will learn the leadership skills required to mentor younger campers who attend our other sessions.


Upon completion of the CIA Training, a select few will be offered the opportunity to join us for the remaining camp sessions free and attend as Climbing Instructor Assistants to our AMGA Staff.


This is an excellent opportunity to spend a few weeks at the New River Gorge and get experience working as a climbing instructor outdoors alongside AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructors. It's a great resume builder for colleges and builds work history within an outdoor recreation setting. Please inquire about the application process if you or your teen are interested in attending the Climbing Instructor Academy.


The Teen Rock Camp Counselors/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 summer camp program is celebrating its 12th year and we've continually improved the camper experience year after year. The key to our success is 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 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.


  • SUNDAY: Campers arrive at noon, get settled into camp, go through orientation, set goals, and discuss expectations for the week. Half-day climbing to get familiar with the rock of the New River Gorge, and review fundamental skills such as knots and belaying.

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

  • WEDNESDAY: Active rest day. It starts with a guided SUP trip on Summersville Lake and explore Fayetteville.

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

  • FRIDAY: Noon, parent pickup.



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

2. Click the BOOK NOW link in the calendar. 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.


  • 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 lunch, and dinner

  • 4:1 Camper/Instructor ratio, group size limited to 8 campers per session

  • Guided SUP trip with Mountain Surf Paddle Sports

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

SESSION 1 (Ages 12-14 yrs)
July 14 - 19, 2024
SESSION 2 (Ages 12-14 yrs)
July 21 - July 26, 2024
SESSION 3 (Ages 14-17 yrs)
July 28 - August 2, 2024
SESSION 4 (Ages 16-18 yrs)
August 4 - 9, 2024


Teen Rock Camp Booking & Cancellation Policy:  A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking to reserve a spot. The remaining balance is due 60 days in advance of the start date and will be automatically billed to the card on file. For cancellations less than 60 days in advance, your tuition payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. Cancellations more than 60 days in advance of your trip, will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee which will be deducted from the base price payment amount. All service fees are non-refundable. Campers who leave prior to the end of the camp program, including those who are dismissed from an active program session will not be refunded any portion of the tuition payment.

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