Why should your kids climb?

Climbing is a great activity for the young and old. Not only does climbing tap into our natural climbing abilities, it’s also a sport that builds muscular endurance while improving strength and balance.

The benefits of climbing, especially for kids and youth, aren’t just about being active and fit. Climbing also builds self-esteem, creates trust in oneself and a bond between peers, and is a great way to learn about how to focus on a task like planning and anticipating where to place their hands and feet.

As our coach and former head coach of Canada’s national climbing team Andrew Wilson says,

Climbing allows kids to confront fear, find passion, trust and be trusted, learn discipline and become critical thinkers. It’s a great sport to learn how to persevere, think critically, problem solve, and care for others.

We’ve made sure to incorporate both physical and personal development into all our summer camps and youth courses.

When we asked seven of the athletes on our youth teams why climbing was important for them, the responses we received were (un)surprising. They see climbing as much more than just a sport – it’s a place to build friendships, establish life-long dreams, and become better people.

"It?s amazing to be with so many inspiring people. We?re always supportive of one another to improve as a climber and a person."
“It’s amazing to be with so many inspiring people. We’re always supportive of one another to improve as a climber and a person.” – Zachary Bennet

 

"Being a part of a fantastic community makes climbing fun and pushes me to get better." - Sophie Buitendyk
“Being a part of a fantastic community makes climbing fun and pushes me to get better.” – Sophie Buitendyk

 

?My teammates are my family and climbing has helped shape me into the person I am today.? - Ivan Luo
“My teammates are my family and climbing has helped shape me into the person I am today.” – Ivan Luo

 

"My life has been full of challenges, both emotional and physical. But once I'm on the climbing wall all my worries are gone. I?m at peace." - Sienna Mothus
“My life has been full of challenges, both emotional and physical. But once I’m on the climbing wall all my worries are gone. I’m at peace.” – Sienna Mothus

 

"The best part about climbing on the youth team is how we motivate each other. When we?re all training for the same goal, it?s hard not to push each other." - Hayden Jones
“The best part about climbing on the youth team is how we motivate each other. When we’re all training for the same goal, it’s hard not to push each other.” – Hayden Jones

 

"The team is my family and my home away from home. Every practice is a place where hard work leads to fun and dreams." - Chloe Earle
“The team is my family and my home away from home. Every practice is a place where hard work leads to fun and dreams.” – Chloe Earle

 

"I enjoy the friendships, the discipline, and the lifetime of memories." - Ben Hughes
“I enjoy the friendships, the discipline, and the lifetime of memories.” – Ben Hughes