Learn the basics of rock climbing!

Ages 9 – 12.

In these camps, we’ll spend four days of learning to climb! Our goals are to learn about basics in rock movement, belaying, rappelling, and knots. Over these four days, we will build friendships, independence, and strength in the great outdoors of Maine!

Each day will be a different adventure on the rocks. RockPro I Rock Climbing Camp is for youth who want to rock climb. We explore the mountains and coastal cliffs of Acadia. The course is appropriate for those who are excited to learn but new to climbing, no experience is required.

Campers will begin roped climbing right away on day 1 while being belayed by skilled instructors. Campers will also learn the how-tos of belaying and rappelling. After gaining comfort on easier climbs, campers will have plenty of opportunities to challenge themselves on a variety of routes throughout the week and work on improving their techniques for climbing slabs, faces, and cracks. As the week progresses, participants will learn important knots and how to belay their peers.

Taking a break from vertical climbing for a day during the week, RockPro I participants will also get to hike to a variety of mountain summits in Acadia National Park.

The Acadia Mountain Guides camp curriculum is laid out to allow you time to really learn and develop the skills needed to be a smart and competent climber. We believe that building a solid foundation of basic climbing skills is critically important to the development of young climbers and their appreciation and understanding of climbing. And of course, this also translates into taking responsibility for your peers and learning to trust others in all aspects of life.

 Dates, Content & Pricing

June 20-23, 2021 Day Camp:
Bangor area & Acadia National Park
June 29- July 2, 2021 Day Camp:
Bangor area & Acadia National Park
July 13-16, 2021  Day Camp:
Bangor area & Acadia National Park
July 27- 30, 2021  Day Camp:
Bangor area & Acadia National Park
August 3-6, 2021  Day Camp:
Bangor area & Acadia National Park
August 16-19, 2021  Day Camp:
Bangor area & Acadia National Park

Pick-up and Drop-Off Locations

  • Alpenglow Adventure Sports (Orono): 92 Main St, Orono, ME
    • Drop-Off: 7:30 am
    • Pick-Up: 5:30pm
  • Brewer Auditorium: 318 Wilson St, Brewer, ME
    • Drop-Off: 8:00am
    • Pick-Up: 5:00pm
  • Ellsworth McDonalds:259 High St, Ellsworth, ME
    • Drop-Off: 9:00am
    • Pick-Up: 4:00pm
  • Alpenglow Adventure Sports (Bar Harbor): 228 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME
    • Drop-Off: 9:30am
    • Pick-Up: 3:30pm

Specific Info

General Info

  •  Ages 9-12 
  • Young people who enjoy spending time outside adventuring

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

  • The principles of leave no trace and how to apply them
  • How to Belay
  • Introduction to Rappelling
  • Introduction to Body Work and Climbing Movement
  • Introduction to Top Rope Anchoring
  • Group communication and teamwork


  • Day campers are responsible should bring easy to eat finger food style lunches.
  • 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 weathers is rainy
  • Swimsuit and towel Sunscreen 
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera (optional)

Acadia Mountain Guides ask that you don’t send your camper with a cell phone. We thrive off of the experience of being in the wilderness and it allows your camper to more genuinely connect with their fellow campers.

With that being said we do understand that you are all parents and would like to be able to check on your camper or speak with our camp staff, the best way to do that is by contacting our Bar Harbor store and leaving a message for the camp leaders. Camp leaders are expected to check in with the store every morning and night to ensure any messages that have come in will be relayed to the camper.

In the event of an out-of-camp emergency, you are encouraged to contact our camp manager directly who will subsequently get in touch with the camp leaders and your camper in the most efficient manner.


Our camps consist of four day of consistent activity from the time our camper’s wakeup/arrive at camp until they go to sleep/head 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

  • 15 minutes of general physical activity to raise the heart rate and break a sweat/ a day
    This will ensure that your camper has the stamina and fitness 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 discourage 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 not only 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?
  • 5 minutes of talking       Camp is most likely going to put your child in a position where they are a bit uncomfortable and maybe experience a camping overnight for the first times by themselves, 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 more than willing to accommodate any concerns or discomforts your camper may have but we need you to tell us about them)

There are several potential summits we can reach and areas we could potentially travel in. We will make every reasonable effort to reach desired summits and provide great lines of descent, however, extreme weather, avalanche conditions, inadequate personal fitness, difficult terrain, or park weather / travel closures may make it impossible to achieve our desired summit or descent objectives.

A 100% deposit is required for registration.

Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit is refundable if cancellation is made more than 21 days in advance.

Cancellations made within twenty-one (21) days of the program forfeit the full tuition rate. 

A full refund will be given if Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School must cancel the course. 

Acadia Mountain Guides Summer Camps are closely following updates from the CDC, State of Maine, ACA, and the local public areas that we use. We will again be monitoring updates through the summer to be able to respond to this fluid situation and we are proactively making plans to address different scenarios.

We have changed our Cancellation and Refund Policy again in 2021. We want to encourage parents to go ahead and make summer plans for the outdoors. Should you need to cancel, for any reason related to COVID-19 or its repercussions we will gladly refund you in full.

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 four (4) participants are needed to run this program and there is a maximum of ten (10).

The decision to run the program will be made three weeks prior to the start date. In the case of low registration, you will have the options of joining another trip, receiving a refund, or possibly paying an additional amount to allow the trip to run with low numbers.

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

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is certified 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 it’s having an epic day in the mountains or gaining skills to get into other terrains, 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.

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• 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.

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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AMGCS also rents outdoor equipment for your convenience. All clients receive 25% off rental equipment for use on our courses.
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