Climbing Camp Info
My child has never attended Sportrock camp before, what’s an average camp day like?
The children arrive for camp at 9am and check-in with our staff. They begin the day with a warm-up exercise, followed by stretching and a team building activity. They then spend the morning working on technique ex. knot craft, foot work. This varies depending on which camp they are enrolled in. We break for lunch around 12pm and then play a camp-wide game such as Capture the Flag. The afternoon is spent climbing - either Top Roping or Bouldering. Additional games and activities are incorporated throughout the day.
How do I know which summer camp is right for my child?
Our rock climbing camps are divided by both age and experience level so that everyone can find the right fit! If you are not sure if they will like camp, Day Camp is a great way to introduce them to the Sportrock camp experience. If your child is new to climbing, try our Approach Camp where they can learn basic rock climbing skills. If they have had some climbing experience, First Ascent Camp would be a good fit. Already belay certified at Sportrock and an experienced climber, then try Summit Camp to take it to the next level. If you still can’t decide, email us – we are happy to help you find the perfect camp for your child!
The website says that Belay Certification is required for First Ascent and Summit Camp – what does that mean?
The belayer is your climbing partner who stands on the ground and takes out the slack in the rope as you climb - they keep you from falling to the ground when you let go of the wall. We spend two days teaching belay technique in our Approach Camp, but we expect First Ascent and Summit Campers to be belay certified before the start of camp. We will make an exception for campers able to pass the belay test at the end of the first day of First Ascent Camp. This is a good option for children who have attended camp in past years, but may need a brief refresher on belay technique.
Do I need to provide a lunch for my child?
Yes, and maybe a healthy snack too! Sportrock does not provide lunch for campers and with a full day of climbing, they really work up an appetite! There is a small selection of granola bars, chips, candy and drinks available at the front desk for purchase. We recommend buying a Sportrock Gift Card the first day of camp that your child can use to purchase snacks. Please refrain from sending any items that require heating.
The summer camp hours don’t fit into my work schedule, is there extended care available?
Absolutely! During the summer, we offer Before-care from 8-9am for $10 per day and Aftercare from 3-6pm for $10 per hour. There is no Before-care on Outdoor Days. You must register for Extended Care in advance (you will have an opportunity as the camp week draws closer). Check-in for camp begins at 8:45am each day – anyone that arrives prior to this time will be charged for Before-care.
My child doesn’t have any rock climbing equipment, will it be provided?
We will provide shoes, helmets, harnesses and any other equipment for your child for the entire camp week. You are welcome to bring your own gear if you have it, but please label it with your child’s name. Sportrock is not responsible for any lost equipment. Bicycle helmets are not acceptable for summer camp.
What should my child wear to camp?
The most important thing is that your child is comfortable, but if you are looking for some guidelines we can help. We recommend longer shorts or pants, which tend to be more comfortable under a harness, no skirts for the girls and although our facility is climate controlled, we suggest wearing layers.
The trip to Great Falls National Park sounds fun, but how do my kids get there?
No need to worry, just drop them off at Sportrock at 7:45am and we will take the entire camp via 15 passenger van to Great Falls National Park and bring them back for pick-up at 3:30pm. If you prefer, you are welcome to drop-off and/or pick-up your child from Great Falls National Park, just coordinate a meeting time and place with your instructors.
What should I pack for the summer outdoor days?
Water, water and more water! It can get hot out there, we recommend packing at least 2 liters of water. You will also want to send a rain jacket, just in case, along with sunscreen, a healthy lunch and snack, and any necessary medications ex. inhaler, epinephrine. Children should dress appropriately for the day’s weather and wear closed toe shoes. We will hike in and out of our climbing site so a sturdy backpack is a great way to transport everything.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we do! We offer $25 OFF one registration (discounted on the final payment) for parents with multiple children enrolled in camp, for campers that register for more than one week of camp and for any of our active Junior Climbing Team members (those a part of the 2014-15 season). Only one discount can be applied during each camp session . Applies to Approach, First Ascent and Summit Camps - Day Camp is not eligible for this discount.
Can Daily Deal vouchers from Living Social, Google Offers, AmazonLocal, Zozi, and the like be used for Summer Camps?
Unfortunately Daily Deal vouchers, except Certifikid, cannot be used for Summer Camps, but you do get the discounts detailed above!
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