Summer Camp - Rock & Ropes - Tacoma - 2020

Youth Program

Tacoma Mountaineers Summer Camp

ROCK AND ROPES WEEK - Campers will learn basic rock climbing skills, have an opportunity to climb real rock outdoors, and gain other wilderness skills!

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Kids entering grades 1-7 (ages 6-12/13) join The Mountaineers for week-long adventure full of Mountaineers Activities! Kids will have a chance to try a variety of outdoor activities, which may include: climbing, hiking, navigation, outdoor cooking, first aid, knots and rope skills, or basic wilderness skills.  This week in particular will focus on an introduction to rock climbing skills. No prior climbing experience is necessary, and each camper can choose the level of challenge they are willing to take on!

Each week will include fun games and activities, outdoor skills development, all led by skilled instructors. While each session allows for plenty of climbing time, we mix up other outdoor skills so that each session, campers get to learn something new! Camp is Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. 

Basic schedule:

Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center. Day will include an introduction to the climbing wall, learning belaying skills, lunch at the beach, wilderness first aid, games, and more.

Tuesday:  8:30am - 4:30pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center. Day will include climbing on the rock wall and belaying practice, navigation lesson, lunch in the park, climbing knots, Leave No Trace training, games and more.

Wednesday: Field trip day! We will travel to the Exit 38 climbing area near North Bend for outdoor climbing on real rock! Arrive at the Tacoma Mountaineers at 8:30am, and we will depart on our bus by 9am. Return to the Tacoma Mountaineers by 4:30pm for pickup.

Thursday:  8:30am - 4:30pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center. Day may include climbing on the rock wall,  lunch at the beach, wilderness rescue skills, camp cooking,  games and more.

Friday: Point Defiance Day! Meet at Point Defiance Park between 8 - 8:30am at the Rustic Picnic area. We will spend the morning hiking and learning about nature, followed by beach time, games, and camper awards at Owen Beach in the afternoon. Pick up at Owen Beach between 4 - 4:30pm.



The course will be split into 3 small groups that do not interact. Here's a linkto those group rosters.

Program Requirements
Program Activity Date Availability Leader
Day Camp
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Aug 11, 2020
Registration closed Aug 3
7 participants
2 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Aug 13, 2020
Registration closed Aug 3
7 participants
0 instructors
Field Trip - Hiking (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Aug 12, 2020
Registration closed Aug 3
5 participants
2 instructors
Required Equipment


Water bottle

Lunch & snack

Closed-toe, athletic shoes


Optional - swimsuit and water shoes or sandals

Program Materials

There are no materials for this program.