Looking for a new summer camp that both your kids — and you — can love?
Imagine — you having a worry-free week during the summer knowing your kids are safe, active and happy. And your kids gaining important life skills that will boost their confidence forever.
Remember the last time your kids went to a new summer camp?
You go pick them up. You get everyone buckled, and ask, “So, how was your first day? Did you do anything fun?” Their faces light up, their hands fly with excitement and they talk your ear off — all – the – way – home!
But by Wednesday, no more happy campers…
Midweek you can tell they hate camp. It’s boring. The conversation home sounds more like a prisoner begging for early release than a kid having an adventurous summer break.
How do you find a summer camp that isn’t boring?
Yes…finding an exciting summer camp for your kids can be difficult. You never know if they’ll really like it or not. The last thing you want is a call at work saying there’s been a problem, or your child isn’t participating, or he’s acting out.
The key is to find a summer camp with plenty of age-specific activities. One that’s also unique, fun, and challenges them a little differently each day.
Plenty of summer camps will take your kids on field trips. But do you really want your kids out on the roads or stuck in Houston traffic? Of course not.
And you certainly don’t want a summer camp that’s run like daycare, right?
The last thing you want is a summer camp run like a daycare with cheesy activities. Or one that uses movies and video games to kill the time. If a summer camp doesn’t offer multiple activities or a variety of cool things for the kids to do, then I guarantee they’ll get bored and lose interest. Especially on days when it’s too hot or too stormy to be outside.
Summer Camp 2015 at Texas Rock Gym Solves The Boredom Problem…
Summer camp at Texas Rock Gym is the only youth summer program for kids ages 5 – 17 centered around the exciting sport of indoor rock climbing — a rapidly growing sport in North America, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.
In fact, more and more Houston parents are finding out that kids love indoor rock climbing. No surprise, right? Just look at any busy playground and watch all those kids climbing on everything imaginable. The problem is that most kids haven’t been taught how to climb correctly. That’s why over 575 children get injured every day on playgrounds across the U.S*., with the vast majority of these injuries being fall-related.
Why every kid benefits from knowing how to climb properly?
At Texas Rock Gym, kids learn real climbing techniques from an expert climbing instructor. Plus, they have ample time to practice and develop their own climbing skills during the week — all while being positively supported by their peers and closely supervised by a climbing partner. Gym staff and instructors vigilantly oversee the whole operation.
Teaching indoor rock climbing is like teaching your child how to be a competitive swimmer. They go from just knowing the basics to being able to swim for hours at a time without any effort. It’s a lifetime skill.
We encourage every kid to push through their limitations and go for it! All of our campers see their climbing skills improve in very empowering ways during the week. We help find each child’s strengths and build them up, as well as encourage them to be mindful of any weaknesses they can overcome. With the variety of activities offered during the week, there is plenty of opportunity for fun!
Texas Rock Gym has a great staff and a wondrous camp for kiddos. My two kids, ages 7 and 10, loved it from the get-go. The staff works with the children on an individual level, so the kids can progress at their own pace over the week or weeks that they camp. Very reasonably priced. Everyone is encouraging and friendly here. The facility is clean and inviting. Kids learn how to boulder and climb with a harness. There are also fun games and discussion about safety. I’m forty-something and am seriously considering rock climbing now. Kids and staff make it seem like something I could actually take on. Love this place.
T C. Houston, TX
Rock climbing isn’t all your kids will learn during the week…
During the week the kids are introduced to a wide variety of rock climbing skills including basic techniques, gear safety, commonly used knots and other climbing fundamentals. They also participate in daily organized workouts specially designed to help build a stronger, more flexible climber.
But summer camp is about much more than just climbing. Every day we do team-building exercises and have friendly competitions as both groups and individuals. And special attention is paid to help quiet and shy kids feel a part of the team. In fact, parents often comment how much more confident their kids are by the end of camp..
During lunch, they’ll get to watch videos of the best climbers in the world to inspire and show your young climber what’s possible. Kids often ask to watch these over and over.
And every Friday we have our legendary water balloonapalooza! We fill up over a thousand water balloons and then let the kids have fun throwing them at each other out in our parking lot. (This is after we close the gate so vehicles can’t drive in or out, of course!)
Why do parents love summer camp at Texas Rock Gym?
Builds strength and confidence:
Climbing improves your child’s overall core strength, as well as strengthening key muscle groups in the arms, back and hips. Climbing also builds mental strength through confidence, as a climber is challenged continually to overcome fears, and to problem-solve during the physical activity.
Improves concentration and coordination:
Climbing is a lot more than just a physical activity. Your child’s mind must focus, and the body must ultimately depend more on sound technique than raw strength to be successful. Even kids with hyperactive characteristics find climbing to be calming.
Increases endurance and dexterity:
Kids typically climb over 1000 ft per day in our gym. Obviously the stamina needed to make these moves over and over must be mastered by more time on the wall, hence the endurance aspect. As climbers get better through repetition, they develop more dexterity and are able to make more complex moves with ease.
Develops better balance:
Balance is a huge part of any sport and is only magnified in climbing. Your kid’s ability to position correctly over a point of support, and make a movement with the other limbs, is critical to success in climbing. This is an organic skill, meaning that just through the practice of it, balance is improved. Studies show that working on balance stimulates the cognitive and memory functions of the brain tremendously. Many believe that balance work through climbing is beneficial not only to the act of climbing itself, but to our overall well-being.
Elevates physical fitness and self reliance:
Climbing strengthens the whole body, and also acts as an anaerobic activity. Top climbers are some of the fittest people you will ever meet, often needing to carry heavy amounts of gear up into mountain ranges at high altitudes to practice our sport. It’s a sport every kid can benefit from.
Encourages teamwork and cooperation:
Climbers don’t work alone. We learn to trust each other to keep us safer, and we learn that we can be trusted to watch out for our teammates. From mutual safety checks, to planning excursions, and catching us when we fall, we learn that the person climbing is only half of the team. Belaying and belay skills are just as important to successful climbing.
We know climbing can feel a little intimidating if you’re new…
This marks our 6th year hosting summer camps for kids. We have helped over 100,000 new climbers learn and get started! Nobody else can say that. We love teaching kids the sport and watching their skills develop, with safety always first.
Every week, one primary instructor along with 2-3 assistants will be teaching your kids, so everyone gets plenty of support. We also have 2 experienced floor staff who supervise the climbing area, keeping an eye on everyone at all times. Plus a manager on duty, and a desk staff assistant who controls the flow of customers in and out of the front door.
We’re passionate about safety. All of our staff go through regular safety training and our gear is inspected weekly. Our floor staff closely watches all the climbers to make sure our policies are being followed. This way order is maintained throughout the gym.
I used to dread arranging summer camps for my two kids – 10 and 6 years old. Other camps we tried were boring or too hot, or just wouldn’t work for us because they didn’t have hours convenient to me as a working parent. But that changed after I discovered summer camp at Texas Rock Gym a few years ago. We went in whole hog! After our first summer there, my oldest child didn’t want to go to any other camp and my youngest, who was too young at the time, was begging to go. We keep coming back every year because they love the climbing, the group activities, and the staff. I love TRG because the kids get to move their bodies and challenge themselves every day. I love that TRG incorporates group games and activities into its program that develop important team working skills. I love that TRG has an awesome staff that really connects with the kids and treats them as individuals. And I love that by the end of the summer my kids are stronger and more confident. It’s such a great place that I wish I could go to summer camp there, too!
Sarah Fischer, Houston, TX
Other questions about summer camp:
When does summer camp start? The first week of summer camp will be June 8th.
Here’s the official schedule:
Week 1 (June 8 – 12)
Week 2 (June 15 – 19)
Week 3 (June 22 – 26)
Week 4 (June 29 – July 3)
Week 5 (July 6 – 10)
Week 6 (July 13 – 17)
Week 7 (July 20 – 24)
Week 8 (July 27 – 31)
Week 9 (Aug 2 – 7)
Week 10 (Aug 10 – 14)
Week 11 (Aug 17 – 21)
Keep in mind sessions could fill up quickly so please don’t delay. Each week is limited to only 60 kids.
What about lunch, water and snacks? Please be sure to pack your child a healthy lunch, a drink and a few nutritious snacks. It’s a good idea to pack extra snacks because — surprise — they eat when they are active all day! A water bottle is a great idea so they can refill with our filtered water fountain throughout the day. There are also snacks and drinks available for purchase at the gym just in case.
What time is drop off and pick up for the day? You can drop off your child between 8 and 8:30 am. Half-Day camp ends at 12:30 pm. Full-Day camp ends at 4:30 pm.
Can I drop off early? Or pick up late? TRG opens at 8:00 am so we are not able to provide any earlier drop off. We do offer a late pick up option, extending pick up time to 6:00 pm, for an additional $10 a day.
Can I just pay for a single day? Yes! We have a Drop-In option which is $65 for the day.
What do they need to wear? We recommend climbers wear clothes that are comfortable to move in; not too baggy, not too tight, as well as athletic sneakers. Please no skirts for the young ladies. 🙂 Keep in mind the Texas summer heat because we will be doing some activities outdoors.
Can my child attend multiple weeks? Absolutely! We have several kids that spend every week of summer here at the gym. They have a blast because a new group of kids starts every week. And as they get better, new climbing routes open up, giving them new challenges.
What’s included and how much does it cost?
If you decide to join us for summer camp this year, then everything is included in the weekly registration fee. This includes rental gear for each day along with a beginner climbing course on the first day which is mandatory. It also includes daily climbing lessons, instructor feedback, and supervised practice sessions. Plus, there’s plenty of group activities and contests to keep things exciting and fun.
On top of that, we offer a premium summer camp package that includes $260 worth of extra bonuses to help make your camper’s experience even more special.
The premium summer camp package includes…
- TRG Summer Camp 2015 Souvenir T-Shirt (a $40 value)
Kids love wearing something unique and telling others what they did this summer. And you can’t get this t-shirt unless you’re a summer camp veteran. A perfect way to remember their awesome rock climbing adventure.
- TRG Limited Edition Water Bottle (a $25 value)
This water bottle is like a badge of honor at Texas Rock Gym. Seems like every loyal rock climber has one and uses it to show others they proudly support our sport. We want your little campers to feel like part of our family too.
- TRG Limited Edition Carabiner (a $25 value)
Every parent loves to see their kids proud of what they did during the summer. This carabiner is your kid’s souvenir of the summer of climbing.
- After School Adventure Drop-In Voucher (a $40 value)
During the school year, we have an exciting after school program very similar to our summer camp. This gives your kids the opportunity to try it out. So if you’re looking for something for the kids to do after school, you can drop them off with us and they can continue practicing their climbing skills.
- Free pass to check out Team Natural with gear rental (a $30 value)
Team Natural is our competitive climbing team. If you’re looking for a sport that will inspire and challenge your young one, this is it. With this free pass, your kid can come to a closed practice session with the team. They’ll get special instruction and unique hands-on training with a professional climbing instructor.
- 20% Discount Coupon For A Birthday Party Package (up to $100 value)
Texas Rock Gym is the perfect spot for hosting a birthday party. Kids love climbing on the walls and parents love our full-service attention to detail. This discount coupon gives you up to $100 off any of our birthday party packages.
|Summer Camp 2015||Basic||Premium|
|5 × Daily Climbing Pass ($75)|
|5 × Climbing Gear Rental ($70)
(shoes -harness – belay – chalk)
|Climb Safe Class ($10)
|5 × Daily Climbing Lessons ($200)|
|Supervised climbing practices|
|Pizza Party Friday|
|Summer Camp 2014 T- Shirt ($40 Value)||—|
|TRG Sport Bottle ($25 Value)
(Filled with climbing stickers)
|TRG Souvenir Carabiner ($25 Value)||—|
|After School Adventure Pass ($40 value)||—|
|Team Natural Climbing Pass ($30 value)||—|
|20% Birthday Party Discount (Max value $100)||—|
Full-Day Summer camp
8:30a – 4:30p
Half-day Summer Camp
Monday – Friday
8:30a – 12:30p
***Special Summer Camp Exclusively For 5-6 Year Olds***
Experience has taught us that Pre-K & Kindergarten kids need their own group in order to get the most out of summer camp. So this year we’re offering a modified version of our regular summer camp for these pebble wrestlers. Check it out…
Half day only – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Max 6 kids per instructor for more individual attention and coaching.
Price: $245 for 5-day session.
Drop-in’s are welcome if space is available, but please call ahead to inquire. We cannot guarantee space for drop-ins– and it’s $50 each time.
And sorry, no after school passes with the premium package.
What if your kids don’t like summer camp?
I recommend that you NEVER buy anything that isn’t 100% guaranteed. And with Texas Rock Gym you get our “Happy Camper Guarantee” when you sign your kids up for summer camp. That means if you decide after the first day that camp isn’t a good fit for them, you can email us, and we’ll give you all your money back with a smile. And no questions asked.
What happens after I sign up?
Once you pay for each camper, you’ll get an email confirmation from Texas Rock Gym with instructions explaining what to do next which is to fill out a waiver for each kid. In addition, some will bring their children into the gym to climb as a family a couple times. It helps their kids feel more comfortable with the environment before camp begins.
When can I reserve the week I want for my kids?
You can reserve the week you want by simply paying online or contacting the gym directly. You can do in person by stopping by the front desk, online, or over the phone. We’ll add your kids to the official roster once you pay the deposit. Then just pay the balance on the first day of camp. Once the deposit is paid, your kids are locked in.
To do it online, simply select the package you want to sign up for and click the buy now button in the grid above. This will lock in your spot and hold your week. If you decide to cancel, please do so at least two weeks prior and we’ll apply your enrollment fees to another week.
Any balance is due on or before the first day of camp.
Detailed instructions will also be emailed to you afterward as well.
Thanks again for learning about summer camp at Texas Rock Gym. We look forward to seeing your kids climbing the rocks!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 713 973 ROCK (7625).
Texas Rock Gym
PS. Summer camp doesn’t have to be boring when there’s an activity like rock climbing that every kid enjoys doing. Try out our summer camp this year. Let your kids spend a week at Texas Rock Gym and see for yourself how much they enjoy it.