Rock Climbing Adventure Camp

The Camp Child Adventure Day Camp is a new program centered on providing the building blocks for character development, leadership, confidence and self-awareness. We offer five adventure sport programs, each lasting 5 days (Monday through Friday). In some cases, based on participation, kids can take the same track and progress to more advanced skills training in follow-on weeks. Each track takes advantage of our unique geography and are led by professional instructors. The new Camp Child Adventure Camp experience will give our children the character, leadership and experience that will help them build exemplary lives.

Rock Climbing: Climb to new heights! Learn the basics of the dynamic sport of rock climbing in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. In this class the youth will get an overview of basic rock climbing gear and learn how to put on a climbing harness. Students will be taught skills such as climbing techniques, safety, and knot tying, while experiencing some of Helena’s world class cliff-side landscapes. Geology, cliff ecology, minimal impact practices, and art in nature will be incorporated. All climbing gear provided. Climbing is one of the best ways for a child to gain confidence. From the first time we put your child into a harness, we lead him or her on a path that is safe, effective and rewarding. We employ guides and instructors who believe in helping kids achieve their dreams and view each class as a child’s stepping stone. In addition, day 3 of each track includes a full day of survival training for kids. Taught from the perspective of Search and Rescue professionals, each child will learn the basics of what to do, what not to do, and how to make sound decisions should they find themselves lost or separated from the group.



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Y Member Rate: $250.00 (SAVE $50!)
Community Rate: $300

July 6-10, 2020

6 years old – 18 years old



Matthew Bartlett
[email protected]

Daily Agenda

Day 1 Introduction to Rock Climbing

Skills Emphasized: Climbing safety, gear orientation, knot tying, climbing commands, movement techniques, minimal impact outdoor practices, NASAR’s Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program

*We will be climbing on Granite. Granite is an igneous rock. It was once magma that has slowly crystallized, cooled and hardened below the earth’s surface. Granite is composed mainly of quartz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica and other minerals.

9:00 ~ Arrive at the YMCA Helena
~ Meet and Greet
~ Gear fitting (Helmet, climbing shoes, harness)

10:00 ~ Depart, travel to Sheep Mountain for Introduction to Rock Climbing

10:30 ~ Outdoor Safety
~ Climbing gear 101
~ Learn climbing terms and climbing commands
~ Practice movement on rock, Climb On!

12:00 ~ Lunch

12:30 ~ Climb On!

3:30 ~ Pull ropes, pack gear

3:45 ~ Art sculpture incorporating natural materials

4:30 ~ Travel back to The YMCA Helena

5:30 ~ Parent pick up

Day 2 July 16th 2019 Rock Climbing at Hellgate Gulch

*We will be climbing on Quartzite. Quartzite is a hard, metamorphic rock that was originally sandstone. Sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression. The quartzite at Hellgate that we will be climbing is marbled with beautiful shades of red, pink, and burnt orange.

9:00 ~ Meet at the the YMCA Helena

9:15 ~ Depart for Hellgate Gulch

10:15 ~ Arrival
~ Outdoor Awareness briefing
~ Hike to the cliff area

11:00 ~ Climb On!

12:00 ~ Lunch

12:30 ~ Climb On!

2:30 ~ Pull ropes, pack gear
~ Hike out

3:00 ~ Creek crossing and Native American pictograph discovery
~ Pictograph themed art project, painting rocks with acrylics

4:00 ~ Travel back to The YMCA Helena

5:00 ~ Parent pick up

Day 3 Learn NASAR’s Survival Skills at Blue Cloud

9:00 ~ Meet at the YMCA Helena

9:15 ~ Depart for Blue Cloud

9:45 ~ Arrival
~ Hike into National Forest

10:15 ~ Begin Hug-A-Tree and Survive course
~ Program history, stories of lost children, how searchers search
~ How to be found most quickly, effective signaling, improvise
emergency shelter, zip up, cover up.

12:00 ~ Lunch

12:30 ~ Learn the 5 components for survival and the order of importance
~ Practice building emergency shelters out of natural materials
~ Practice using effective signaling

3:00 ~ Art project, create and illustrate a survival guidebook

4:00 ~ Pack up

4:15 ~ Hike out

4:30 ~ Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 ~ Parent pick up

Day 4 Rock Climbing at Avalanche Gulch and Creek Exploration

*We will be climbing on Limestone. Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite. Many limestone cliffs are made up of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral that used to be on the bottom of the sea. The solubility of limestone in water and weak acid solutions leads to karst landscapes, in which water erodes the limestone over thousands to millions of years. Most cave systems are through limestone bedrock. We will get to explore a few of these shallow daylight zone caves.

*We will be exploring the creek that runs through Avalanche Gulch. While looking for aquatic species and water painting, the children will get wet and dirty. Please send them with a change of clothes than can get wet or a bathing suit. Old tennis shoes or water sandals are great shoes for walking through the creek.

9:00 ~ Meet at the YMCA Helena

9:15 ~ Depart for Avalanche Gulch

10:00 ~ Arrive
~ Area safety briefing
~ Set up Climbs

10:30 ~ Climb On!

12:00 ~ Lunch

12:30 ~ Climb On!

2:30 ~ Pull Ropes, pack gear

2:45 ~ Art Project, water coloring on postcards with creek water

3:30 ~ Creek exploration and swimming

4:00 ~ Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 ~ Parents, please join us at The YMCA Helena for the slide show of our
rock climbing adventure, story sharing, and art presentations!

6:00ish ~ Farewell

Day 5 Outdoor Activities Camp Child or Alternate Location

Location: Open Depending

Activity: Camp Child activities or alternate activities (Swimming, Climbing Wall, Zip Line, MTB Skills course, etc.)

9:00 ~ Meet at the YMCA Helena

9:15 ~ Depart for Camp Child or alternate.

12:00 ~ Lunch

4:00 ~ Travel back to the YMCA Helena

5:30 ~ Parent pick up.