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Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Join Us For Some
Fun In The Sun!

RockStar Climbing Camp is four days of vertical fun, challenge and learning. This camp is for the youngster who has taken an interest in rock climbing and likes to get off the ground. Besides getting a lot of time on the rock, campers will learn important rope skills like knots, belaying and rappelling. Emphasis will be on individual, partner and group safety throughout the week. 

When the body tires of climbing there will be time for rappelling, crossing rope bridges, swimming, hiking and learning outdoor skills such as knots, animal tracking or map and compass skills. A great week of focused climbing activity that is sure to raise your climbing skill level in a major way. No previous experience is necessary.

 Dates, Content & Pricing

June 8 – 11
June 15 – 18
 Get Back Out
Day Camp
Bangor & Acadia National Park
$350
June 29 – 2
July 13 – 16
Aug 10 – 13
Aug 17 – 20
Day Camp
Bangor & Acadia National Park

$400

 July 27 – 30
 Day Camp
Bangor & Camden Hills

$400.00

Pick-up and Drop-Off Bangor – Acadia Camps

  • Alpenglow Adventure Sports: 92 Main St, Orono, ME
    • Drop-Off: 7:15am
    • Pick-Up: 5:45pm
  • Brewer Auditorium: 318 Wilson St, Brewer, ME
    • Drop-Off: 7:45am
    • Pick-Up: 5:15pm
  • Ellsworth: McDonald’s Parking area
    • Drop-Off: 8:30am
    • Pick-Up: 4:30pm
  • Bar Harbor, Acadia Mountain Guides: 228 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME
    • Drop-Off: 9:15am
    • Pick-Up: 3:30pm
    Pick-up and Drop-Off Bangor – Camden Camps
  • Orono, Alpenglow Adventure Sports: 92 Main St, Orono, ME
    • Drop-Off: 7:15am
    • Pick-Up: 5:45pm
  • Brewer Auditorium: 318 Wilson St, Brewer, ME
    • Drop-Off: 7:45am
    • Pick-Up: 5:15pm
  • Camden, Barrett’s Cove Public Beach, Lake Megunticook, Route 52
    • Drop-Off: 9:00am
    • Pick-Up: 4:00pm

Each day will be different than the day before it, we will constantly find new locations to go and explore. If we have a camper(s) attending multiple camps we work hard to minimize redundant activities unless of course they really want a repeat.
Day 1:
Getting to know each other
Ground school/intro to climbing movement, gear and knots Lots of climbing and rappels
Short swim or hike
Day 2:
Review climbing movement, gear and knots More climbing and rappels
Belay skills
Short swim or hike
Day 3:
More climbing with increased difficulty suitable to each camper Continued
practice belaying
More knots, practice rope ascending
Learn a related outdoor skill such as first aid, compass use, natural history
Day 4:
Final day of rock climbing and putting it all together – possibly a longer, multi pitch climb with one of senior guides if ready
Rope bridge traverse to close out camp

  • Four day of exploration and adventure in the given location
  • Harness, shoes, and helmet although you are welcome to bring your own
  • Professionally instructed by AMG trained trip leaders and PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructors.
  • Ratio: maximum of 6 campers / instructor
  • Young Explorer & RockStar Adventures Journal
  • Lunch should be brought by participants. We will have healthy snacks such as fruit and granola bars along with water and sport drink available
  • Instructor gratuities

Specific Info

General Info

Youth ages 8 – 13 years old who want immerse themselves in a camp focused on rock climbing and related outdoor activities.

Until further notice campers must be Maine residents or have met the 14 day pre-camp quarantine requirement. We are optimistic that this requirement might be lifted by mid –late summer.

Each day will be different than the day before it, we will constantly find new locations to go and explore. If we have a camper(s) attending multiple camps we work hard to minimize redundant activities unless of course they really want a repeat. 

Day 1:

  • Getting to know each other 
  • Ground school/intro to climbing movement, gear and knots
  • Lots of climbing and rappels
  • Short swim or hike 

 

Day 2:

  • Review climbing movement, gear and knots
  • More climbing and rappels
  • Belay skills
  • Short swim or hike

 

Day 3:

  • More climbing with increased difficulty suitable to each camper
  • Continued practice belaying
    More knots, practice rope ascending
  • Learn a related outdoor skill such as first aid, compass use, natural history

 

Day 4:

  • Final day of rock climbing and putting it all together  – possibly a longer, multi pitch climb with one of senior guides if camper is ready
  • Rope bridge traverse to close out camp

Through our time at camp we would like your camper to learn:

  • Show understanding of the basic concepts of rock climbing 
  • Perform a variety of rock climbing techniques
  • Demonstrate the importance of basic safety skills – communication, knot competency, rappel and belay skills
  • Practice principles of Leave No Trace on the trail and mountain
  • Participate in a healthy activities with other youth

 

 

Please try to meet at the time provided for your pick-up/drop off, our camp staff will do the same but may on occasion be a few minutes late due to traffic! Google maps should get you to any of the locations that we use as pick-up/drop off sites. Plan accordingly and be sure to give yourself a bit of extra time on day one so that we can be sure to get everyone situated and you can say a proper goodbye to your camper.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off Locations and Times

Bangor  Area and Acadia Camp

  • Alpenglow Adventure Sports: 92 Main St, Orono
    • Drop-Off: 7:15 am
    • Pick-Up: 5:45 pm
  • Brewer Auditorium: 318 Wilson St, Brewer
    • Drop-Off: 7:45 am
    • Pick-Up: 5:15 pm
  • Ellsworth McDonald’s
    • Drop-Off: 8:30 am
    • Pick-Up: 4:30 pm
  • Alpenglow Adventure Sport (Bar Harbor): 228 Main St, Bar Harbor
    • Drop-Off: 9:15 am
    • Pick-Up: 3:30 pm

Bangor  Area and Camden

  • Alpenglow Adventure Sports: 92 Main St, Orono
    • Drop-Off: 7:15 am
    • Pick-Up: 5:45 pm
  • Brewer Auditorium: 318 Wilson St, Brewer
    • Drop-Off: 7:45 am
    • Pick-Up: 5:15 pm
  • Barrett’s Cove Public Beach Area Lake Megunticook, off Route 52
    • Drop-Off: 9:00 am
    • Pick-Up: 4:00 pm

A legal parent or legal guardian should drop off camper on day 1 to complete any remaining safety and health forms.
Camper should be wearing a mask and should sanitize hands after exiting family vehicle and go directly from drop off  family vehicle to camp transport vehicle. The person dropping off camper should not be considered a high risk individual:

  1. chronic respiratory illnesses such as COPD 
  2. severe asthma 
  3. cancer 
  4. Immuno-compromised individuals 
  5. cancer 
  6. heavy smokers 
  7. organ/tissue transplant recipients
  8. BMI >40  
  9. renal or hepatic failure, 
  10. poorly controlled diabetes

Please say good byes in your vehicle. All campers and staff will wear masks during transportation and sanitize hands upon entering vehicle. At least 1 space will be maintained between passengers. 

A complete description of Acadia Mountain Guides procedures may be found on AcadiaMountainGuides.com

Each day camper will be assessed at time of drop off for: 

  1. Known contact with a + COVID person within last 14 days? 
  2. Onset of non-productive cough within last 14 days? 
  3. Onset of new shortness of breath within last 14 days? 

If any of the above, camper may not attend camp until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to determine next steps

     4. Any additional signs / symptoms Fever (>100.4 F),           recent chills, body aches/muscle pain, headache,             sore  throat, new loss of taste or smell. 

If 2 or more of above camper may not attend until having a COVID test. Contact Bangor Testing Center – 844 489 1822 to complete a phone screening to next steps

  • 1 small bottle of hand sanitizer
  • at least one face covering and a plastic or paper bag to keep in if not wearing
  • Day pack
  • 2 one-quart water bottles or suitably packed drinks
  • Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
  • Lightweight, loose fitting long pants that dry quickly
  • Warm socks
  • Hat
  • Shorts and Tee shirt if weather appropriate
  • Rain jacket & pants
  • A second set of clothes if weather is rainy
  • Swimsuit and towel 
  • Sunscreen & Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera (optional) 

Campers are welcome to bring their own rock climbing gear if they have it, if not, gear will be provided for them. (All personal climbing gear must be inspected and approved by camp leader)

  • A packable lunch should be brought by participants. We will have healthy snacks such as fruit and granola bars along with water and sport drink available
  • Please let us know of any food allergies.

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We ask that you do not send your camper with a cell phone. We want to encourage a screen free camp session and group experience. We want your camper to thrive off of the experience of being in the outdoors, being attentive to safety, and genuinely connecting with their fellow campers.

 
Many of the areas we work in also do not have great service. Leaders will provide you with their phone numbers each day if you need to reach them in an emergency. If you are unable to reach the leaders directly, you can call our Bar Harbor office at 207-288-8186 and they will know the exact location and be able to facilitate getting a message to the camp

leaders.

Our camps consist of four days of consistent activity from the time our campers arrive at camp until they go home for the day. We expect all campers to be enthusiastic and energetic at the beginning of everyday. Here are a few ways you can get your camper prepared for all the fun activities they’ll be doing at summer camp:
In the weeks before camp:
15 – 30 minutes of general physical activity to raise the heart rate and break a sweat each day. This will help ensure that your camper has the energy to accompany us on all adventures we might do during the camp in a comfortable manner; if your child gets some extra exercise before camp they are much less likely to become fatigued and discouraged during camp.

10 minutes of goal making. Sit down with your child a week or so before they are destined to head for camp and help them make a goal sheet notonly for camp but for after camp. What do they want to learn during camp? Why do they want to learn that? And what will they do with the skills they gain after camp is over?

10 minutes of talking. Camp is most likely going to put your child in a position where they might experience frustration on a difficult climb, or have anxiety or fear around an activity, etc. Take five minutes to sit down with your child and talk to them about how these experience might make them feel or any concerns they may have. (Our camp staff is happy to accommodate any concerns or discomforts your camper may have but we need you to tell us about them)

 

  • Introduction to climbing equipment – ropes, harnesses, shoes, harnesses, helmets, carabiners, belay tools, climbing protection
  • Lots of time climbing a variety of different climbs. Every climb is different for every person
  • Climbing communication and the importance of trust and teamwork
  • Rappelling with a secondary safety line to insure safety while learning
  • Belaying a camp mate using a backed up system to insure safety while learning. 
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Basic first aid principles
  • A variety of knots and hitches
  • A bit of natural history – birds, plants, rocks, animals, tide pools, clouds as nature presents itself

Generally we try to proceed with planned activities for the day unless there is a lightning danger or a major storm. Should weather preclude continuing with the day’s activities we sometimes visit a climbing wall, check out a museum, set up tent shelters and learn knots, or swim pool at the local YMCA.

Attending an outdoor based summer camp has some risks. It is important for both the camper and the camper’s parent or guardian to understand this. Some of the hazards that can lead to injury or death associated with this camp include but are not limited to extreme weather, demanding physical travel, vehicle transportation and falls or collisions while climbing. The most likely injuries are minor cuts and scrapes while climbing. The most important action that the camper can take toward safety is to follow the instructions of the camp leader. Our instructors draw upon solid guide education coupled with extensive experience to manage significant hazards inherent to mountain travel.

A 50% deposit is required for registration. Balance due three weeks (21 days) before the beginning of program.

When you book a camp with Acadia Mountain Guides you are agreeing to our cancellation policy. Please realize that if your travel does not go according to plan in any way and for any reason, we are unable to provide credits or refunds outside of what is described below. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to protect your activity purchase against unforeseeable circumstances which include but are not limited to: 

  • Anticipation of Inclement Weather
  • Flight and Travel Delays and Conditions
  • Personal or work schedule changes
  • Injury or illness of a self or family member

If you cancel more than 21 days in advance you may put the deposit toward a future course or receive a refund of 50% of your deposit. Cancellations made within twenty-one (21) days of program forfeit full tuition rate. Alternatively, if you find a replacement you will receive a 100% refund. A full refund will be given if Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School must cancel the course.

Acadia Mountain Guides is closely following updates from the CDC, State of Maine, ACA, and our local public areas that we use. We want to encourage you to go ahead and make summer plans for the outdoors and encourage you to maintain a reservation until 21 days out to allow for COVID recommendations to change. Should you need to cancel, for any reason related to COVID-19 or its repercussions we will gladly refund you in full. If you register your child for summer camp and you need to cancel for any reason related to COVID-19 we will refund you in full. This includes children becoming ill, family becoming ill, travel plans being cancelled, and CDC recommendations changing.

Everyone comes with expectations. We will do our best to help campers achieve their expectations. However, weather, group ability, access, personal fitness, and emotions all play a role in shaping the day. We strive to make each camp week a bit different from the previous week and cannot guarantee that campers will participate in every activity mentioned in our marketing materials. 

Any gear you may need can be purchased ahead of the course from our gear store – Alpenglow Adventure Sports – where you get a 25% off purchases made prior to camp and up to a week later as well as 15% discount off MSRP for life!!!  Purchases may be made in-store or online. Gear purchased in advance of camp can often be prepared for you to have on the first day of camp. Alpenglow will also price match any in stock inventory if you find a better deal on the web for the same item. Simply send a link when you are ready to order to shop@alpenglowgear.com

A minimum of three(3) participants are needed to run a camp and there is a maximum of ten (10). The decision to run the program will be made at three weeks prior to the start date. In the case of low registration, you will have the options of joining another camp, receiving a refund or possibly paying an additional amount to allow the camp to run with low numbers.

Camps are typically led by outdoor education graduates or majors who are skilled climbers and are selected through an interview process that includes resume review, climbing log review, and multiple Skype or in person interviews that include skill demonstrations and problem solving questions. Leaders then arrive in late May to begin training that includes five day PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Course, approximately 8 – 10 days working with and being observed by senior guides and each other, visiting a variety of locations, completing site competencies, going on a 3 day overnight training trip with senior staff, practicing van driving and completing a vehicle check and driver training, completing or recertifying wilderness medicine certification and taking a Maine Trip Leader course. Essentially, we take already skilled outdoor leaders and mentor and evaluate them for approximately 30 days before they lead a camp. As camps move into more complicated terrain leaders are joined by additional senior guide staff. All leaders are expected to be extremely observant, super friendly, good communicators, safety minded in both personal and professional activities, and meticulously attentive to details.

Tipping is never expected but always greatly appreciated. Like many in service industries, instructors and guides supplement their income with tips generated from satisfied clients.

Have a group? 

Set your own schedule, design your own camp. If you have a large family or group of youngsters (or adults for that matter) that you would like to set up a personalized multi-day camp program for we would be very pleased to work with you. It could include rock climbing, hiking, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, natural history, etc.   

We also offer ½ and full day family climbs.

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is the only climbing school in Maine that is licensed by the DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) to operate a summer camp program.

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is accredited through the
American Mountain Guide Association and the Professional Climbing Instructor Association. Acadia Mountain Guides actively supports furthering their guide’s development throughout their career. That means our guides are constantly taking steps to progress their skills and will provide you with an exceptional experience. AMG is also a proponent of helping clients reach their goals, whether its having an epic day in the mountains or gaining skills to get into other terrain, Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School can get you there!

A History of
Leading the way…

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is the preeminent frontrunner in climbing instruction and guiding in Acadia and across Maine. Since 1994 we have specialized in designing customized experiences or training for you, your family, your group or company.

Jon Tierney
Owner/IFMGA Guide
IFMGA Licensed International Mountain Guide | AMGA Certified Rock Guide | AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide | AMGA Certified Alpine Guide | Paramedic | Life Flight Paramedic | B.S. Parks and Forest Recreation
Dick Chasse
Senior Guide
PCIA Single Pitch and Lead Climbing Instructor Course Provider | AMGA Rock Guide Course | AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course | AMGA Alpine Guides Course | AMGA Ice Instructor Course | AIARE Level III Avalanche Certification | Wilderness First Responder
Rob Benton
Climbing School Manager
AIARE Level I and II Certification | PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | Swift Water Canoe Guide | Wilderness First Responder | Maine Search and Rescue | Associates Degree in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism |
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Andrew Krause
Multi-pitch Instructor
AMGA Apprentice Rock and Alpine Guide | PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | B.S. in Nature Based Tourism; Minor in Mechanical Engineering
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Paddy O’Mara
Single Pitch Instructor
Multi-Pitch Instructor | AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide | PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | Wilderness First Responder B.S. in Outdoor Experiential Education | Minor in Anthropology
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Zack Cleary
Single Pitch Climbing Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor | AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course | Wilderness First Responder | B.A Physics, Minor Geology
Seth Fisher
Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor | PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | AIARE 1 | Wilderness First Responder
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Avery Cluff
Single Pitch Climbing Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | National Registry EMT-b | Wilderness First Responder | LNT Master Educator | Pursuing a BS in Biology |
@avery_aviary
Forrest Hamilton
Single Pitch Instructor
PCIA Single Pitch Instructor | Wilderness First Responder | Pursuing a BS in Geology; Minor Anthropology
Ron Bertasi

AMGA ACCREDITED

• Since 1994 •

AMGCS is one of 32 AMGA accredited programs in the US and was one of the earliest to pursue and achieve accreditation. AMGCS is the only climbing school in Maine to remain continuously AMGA accredited. We have had one or more full time AMGA rock guides on staff each year since 1994.

 
IFMGA Led
 
Owned by internationally recognized IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide Jon Tierney who has been climbing in Acadia since 1982. Jon has over 30 years of local and worldwide experience. The IFMGA requires full AMGA certification as a rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guide.
 

All instructors are certified as AMGA or PCIA Single Pitch Instructors and all guides have been trained or certified by the AMGA.

PCIA Accredited

• Since 2007 •

AMGCS has the distinction of also being accredited to the highest standards of the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. The PCIA requires all staff to be individually trained and certified.

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