Summer Camp - Climbing Rock Stars - Tacoma - 2020

Youth Program

Tacoma Mountaineers Summer Camp

Climbing Rock Stars Week - Dive deeper into rock climbing skills!

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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 will focus heavily on rock climbing skills. No prior experience is required, but kids who love to climb will enjoy this week the most!

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 climbing on the wall, learning to belay, climbing knots, lunch at the beach, climbing techniques, games, and more.

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

Wednesday: Field trip day! We will travel to North Bend to climb at the Exit 38 crags. 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 more climbing, introduction to lead climbing (mock leads) for those who are ready, lunch at the beach, prusiking, climbing games and techniques, and games in the park.

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, and climbing on the new Liz Rocks Climbing Wall, 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 link to 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 and snacks

Closed-toe, athletic shoes


Optional - swimsuit and water shoes/sandals

Program Materials

There are no materials for this program.