I wear many hats at the BRC, but guiding for the summer camp program takes the cake. I love spending summer days outdoors, drinking green tea from my thermos and contemplating the logistics of multiple ropes at the crag. What I enjoy most of all, however, is the enthusiasm of the kids that I work with, reminding me just how special climbing is. Introducing kids to the world of rock keeps my own love for the sport in the forefront of my mind.
Those new to climbing are always amazed by the beautiful rock formations that we climbers take for granted. The aesthetic of the climb unfailingly inspires beginners who care little for the grade or reputation of the route. Kids, in particular, are eager to try any climb put in their path caring only for the opportunity to try this thing called climbing. And climbing always gives something back. Unbeknownst to them, they are learning the responsibility and teamwork that the sport fosters, while building their self confidence and love for the outdoors. Climbing offers unique opportunities to develop leadership skills, personal fortitude and determination. These qualities last a lifetime.
Climbing has shaped me into who I am today. Teaching kids is a daily reminder of all that climbing has taught me. It encourages me to be fortunate for Boulder’s access to some of the country’s best rock and reminds me that I love to climb simply for the opportunity to do so.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
If you would like to introduce your kids to the rewards of climbing, check out the BRC’s Summer Camps and After-School Program.