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 (e.g., knot craft, foot work). This varies depending on which camp they are enrolled in. We break for lunch around 12pm. The afternoon is spent climbing – either Top Roping or Bouldering. Additional games and activities are incorporated throughout the day.
How do I know which 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 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 belay certified, and would still like to attend our Outdoor Adventure Camp, please email email@example.com to set up a 1-time personal lesson to make sure they are geared up for camp. If you still can’t decide, email firstname.lastname@example.org – we are happy to help you find the perfect camp for your child!
The website says that Belay Certification is required for outdoor adventure 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. Outdoor Adventure Campers must know how to belay 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@example.com). 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.
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 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.
Can I bring my own equipment?
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?
We do not provide transportation on outdoor days. You must drop-off and pick-up your child from the park. Specific instructions regarding meeting times and place will be sent in your confirmation email!
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 (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.
Do you offer any discounts?
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.
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!
What happens in the case of inclement weather?
Regarding weather on outdoor days, our professional guides will determine if conditions are suitable for outdoor climbing. In the event 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!