Camp FAQs

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 (e.g., 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.

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 Indoor Base Camp where they can learn basic rock climbing skills. If your child is belay certified at Sportrock or has attended Indoor Base Camp, definitely check out our Outdoor Adventure Camp to take it to the next level! Lastly, if your child has never climbed before, or has climbed some but is not belayed certified, and would still like to attend our Outdoor Adventure Camp, please email [email protected] to set up a 1-time personal lesson to make sure they are geared up for camp. If you still can’t decide, email us – we are happy to help you find the perfect camp for your child!

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  teach belay technique in our Indoor Base Camp, but we expect Outdoor Adventure Campers to be belay certified before the start of camp. We will make an exception for campers able to pass the belay test or for campers who attend a private lesson before the start of camp (if you would like to set up a private lesson, please email [email protected]). This is a good option for children who have attended camp in past years, but may need a brief refresher on belay technique as well.

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.

Absolutely! During the summer, we offer Before-care from 8-9am for $10 per day and After-care from 3-6pm for $10 per hour. There is no Before-care on outdoor days. Check-in for camp begins at 8:45am each day – anyone that arrives prior to this time will be charged for Before-care. Check-out for camp ends at 3:15pm each day – anyone that is picked up past this time will be charged for After-care.

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.

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.

No need to worry, just drop them off at Sportrock at 8am 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.

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 (e.g., 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.

Yes, we do! We generally offer an Early-Bird special beginning around January as well as other offers throughout the summer. Also, we offer discounts for any of our active Junior Climbing Team members. Only one discount can be applied during each camp session. Applies to Indoor Base Camp and Outdoor Adventure Camp – Day Camp is not eligible for this discount.

Unfortunately Daily Deal vouchers, except Certifikid, cannot be used for Summer Camps, but you do get the discounts detailed above!

Regarding weather on outdoor days, our professional guides will determine if conditions are suitable for outdoor climbing. On rafting days, River and Trail will determine if conditions are suitable for rafting. In the even of inclement weather, outdoor days will not be made up. We will spend the day in our Sportrock facility with our outdoor guides, who will surely set up big rope swings, obstacle courses, and much more for the kids!

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