YOUTH ROCK climbing

2022. Climb, Climb, Climb!

Open to Ages 8 – 15, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Join us for a day or for a summer on the rock. This camp meets every Saturday from early June to late August. Climbers can come for as many days as desired.

Throughout the summer we will visit a variety of climbing areas in and around Acadia National Park. Each day will be a different rock climbing adventure as there are a great many rock climbs to sample from – some easy, some way hard and some just right. Our goals are to learn about basics in rock movement, belaying, rappelling, and knots. Climbing provides a great boost in self-confidence and builds friendships, independence, and strength all in the great outdoors of Maine!

2022 Saturday Youth Rock Climbing Dates, Climbing Destination, Tuition

 June 4
Acadia National Park
 June 11
 Acadia National Park $60.00
June 18
Acadia National Park$60.00
June 25 Acadia National Park$60.00
July 2 Acadia National Park$60.00

Register for multiple camps and save
$60.00 per session, 5 sessions $55.00 each, 6+ sessions $50.00 each

Sibling Discount
For every camper from same family after the first who are registered for the same camp save $5.00 additional dollars per session.

Refer a Friend Discount
For returning campers, bring a friend with you to camp and get a  $5.00 credit toward your camp(s). Be sure to tell your friend to say that you referred them so you get your credit.



Shuttle Service
Orono  ->  Brewer 
->  Ellsworth  ->  Bar Harbor

Alpenglow Adventure Sports: 92 Main St, Orono, ME

Drop-Off: 7:30 am    •    Pick-Up: 5:30 pm

Brewer Auditorium: 318 Wilson St, Brewer, ME

Drop-Off: 8:00 am    •   Pick-Up: 5:00 pm

Ellsworth McDonalds: 259 High St, Ellsworth, ME

Drop-Off: 9:00 am    •   Pick-Up: 4:00 pm

Acadia Mountain Guides Office: 228 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME

Drop-Off: 9:30 am    •   Pick-Up: 3:30 pm

Specific Info

General Info

Appropriate for ages 8 – 15 who enjoy climbing, doing things outside and participating in activities with others with similar interests. No prior climbing experience is necessary, just a healthy dose of outdoor enthusiasm.

This camp is offered multiple times throughout the summer. We strive to make each camp different enough from the others so that it’s possible to do many days with minimal repetition. 

The core climbing related objectives for RockPro I are:

  • To have fun learning and improving rock climbing physical skills
  • To understand and develop important safety rope skills as knots and belaying
  • To understand and practice safe habits related to outdoor activities
  • To become proficient at rappelling


It’s best to have a good breakfast at home before you start the day. Bring a healthy lunch comprised of easy to eat finger food along with your favorite drinks.

  • Small backpack – approximately 25L – 30L size.
  • 2 – 1 quart or liter water bottles with a screw-on lids
  • Appropriate footwear for camp activities. Generally, a lightweight hiking shoe is sufficient. Be sure to break in before camp.
  •  Water shoes with straps. A quick drying shoe that can be used paddling or stream hopping.
  • 1 pr quick drying shorts
  • 1 pr quick drying pants. zip-off convertible pants to shorts work great
  • 1 long sleeved sun shirt or hoodie synthetic or wool blend only
  • 1 t-shirt & sport bra as needed.
  • Wool blend hiking socks
  • A second set of clothes weathers is rainy
  • 1 swim suit
  • 1 waterproof hooded rain jacket
  • 1 waterproof rain pant
  • 1 warm synthetic fleece or insulated jacket
  • 1 wool or synthetic beanie style warm hat.
  • 1 brimmed hat for sun protection (optional)
  • 1 mosquito headnet (optional)
  • Lunch. A packable lunch with healthy snacks and drinks.
  • 2 oz. bottle alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • travel size water resistant sunscreen SPF 30 or more, (1-2 oz) per week
  • lip balm with sunscreen SPF 15 or more
  • insect repellent 1 – 2 oz bottle (we suggest 100% DEET or Picardin product for short term use. No spray cans.
  • Tampons and/or sanitary pads if needed
  • Quick drying med size camping towel for swimming
  • Whistle on a string (not needed if both packs have one on sternum strap)
  • 1 bandana.
  • Eyeglasses or contacts if needed with a solution.
  • Sunglasses if desired
  • Camera with protective case if desired
  • Note: Cell phones with camera functions are not allowed. The camera MUST be separate from a cell phone.
  • Personal cell phones are not allowed while at camp
  • 1 unscented durable trash bag large enough to cover pack.
  • Climbing shoes, harnesses and helmets are provided to Mountain Monkeys, RocPro I and RockPro II campers although you may bring your own if you have.
  • RockPro III and IV campers should have climbing shoes, harness, belay device, 2 HMS locking carabiners and a helmet.
  • Paperwork / Personal Info Bag (labeled with camper name)
    • This should be a waterproof bag – Ziploc is fine.
    • Outside organization Contract Waivers signed by guardians
    • Some photos of your friends and family (pets too) to share if desired
    • No more than $20 spending money per day for town day or souvenirs

        If traveling by air, train or bus to camp

    • Printed off airline/bus/train confirmation and ID
    • Credit/Debit Card for return if needed for airline baggage fee and unaccompanied minor ticket on return flight if you are unable to pay in advance.
    • Camper Cell Phone (with charger). This will be secured in our office during camp.
  • Medication  Bag (labeled with camper’s name).
    • This should be a waterproof bag – Ziploc is fine.
    • This includes is any substance a person takes to maintain and/or improve their health including vitamins and supplements.
    • Bring enough medication to last the entire time.
    • Prescription medication brought must be in original pharmacy containers with labels that show the camper’s name and how the medication should be given.
    • We suggest sending a second set of prescription medications as a backup if on overnight camp.
    • See medication policies for administration and security of medications while at camp. 

Acadia Mountain Guides Rock Climbing and Adventure Camp are electronics free. Camper cell phones are not permitted during camp session. We thrive off of the experience of being in the wilderness, away from the screen and it allows your camper to gain independence and to more genuinely connect with their fellow campers.


Our camps consist of consistent activity from the time our campers wakeup each day until they go to sleep that evening. 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 each day
    This will help 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      
    Attending summer camp may put your child in situations where they are a bit uncomfortable such as camping overnight for the first times by themselves. Take a few minutes to talk to them about how these experiences 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)

Acadia Mountain Guides Rock Climbing and Adventure Summer Camps are travel camps moving from one activity location to another.  We have both a registered nurse and a paramedic available 24/7 for camp staff to consult with if needed. Our medical protocols are approved and overseen by emergency physician.

Preparing Medications for Camp

  • Medications should be placed in a see through, water proof bag such as a Ziploc and labeled with camper initials). 
  • Medications include any substance a person takes to maintain and/or improve their health including vitamins and supplements.
  • Send enough medication to last the entire time.
  • Prescription medication brought must be in original pharmacy containers with labels that show the camper’s name and how the medication should be given.
  • All medications, except emergency medications, are kept secure by the trip leaders and administered to camper as needed by the leaders.
  • We suggest sending a second set of prescription medications as a backup.
  • A record is kept of all medications administered at camp.


Self-Administration Of Emergency Medications By Campers
  • Campers are permitted to have readily available (carry or possess outside of the regular supervision of the camp’s staff) and to self-administer emergency medications (primarily epinephrine and albuterol) only when the following conditions are met.
  • The camper’s parent or guardian must submit written verification to the camp from the camper’s primary health care provider confirming that the camper has the knowledge and the skills to safely self-administer the emergency medication in camp; and
  • The camp health staff must evaluate the camper’s technique to ensure proper and effective use of the emergency medication in camp.
  • If the medication to be self-administered is within the scope of training and certification of the trip leader then the trip leader may evaluate technique. If medication is outside the their scope of practice (ie insulin) then technique must be evaluated by camp RN.

If a camper is known to have a severe allergy that would require immediate medication, it is suggested that they bring their own self-injecting Epi-pen.

Standard medications carried by camp leaders include: epinephrine, diphenhydramine, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, Immodium, bismuth salicylate, and opthalmic antibiotic. Guide staff  taking advanced campers into Katahdin to rock climb will also carry ketamine for severe pain control.

All of our trip leaders are at least 19 and have to be 21 to drive our vehicles. The majority of our climbing guides are in their late 20s and early 30s and a few have been guiding and trip leading for more decades than they want to count.

Leaders are registered Maine Trip Leaders or Registered Maine Guides, all have Wilderness First Responder certification or greater, all climbing instructors are certified Single Pitch Climbing Instructors or greater. Many have additional training in Leave No Trace, as lifeguards or as paddling instructors. We conduct personal background and driving checks on employees as well. 

Each trip leader brings a unique perspective to camp. We prefer to hire leaders who have or are pursuing formal degrees in education, outdoor education or natural sciences. They all share a love of teaching and sharing in the natural world and have trip leading experience with their university outdoor programs, scouts or other organizations.

Regardless of their background our trip leaders arrive in late May to participate in four plus weeks of intense training led by the camp director, senior staff and outside subject matter experts.  This training covers climbing, wilderness medicine, camp prep and logistics, van driving, meal preparation, emergency procedures, area and terrain familiarization, natural history, use of games and initiatives, group development and more.

The RP III and IV advanced climbing camps are staffed with our most skilled climbing guide staff.

If we ever feel that, for whatever reason, we cannot deliver a camp with a high level of professional leadership talent then we will cancel to program.

Why should you have confidence in our camp program?
Our camp program is directed by school owner Jon Tierney. Jon is certified as a mountain guide at the highest international standard by the IFMGA/AMGA – a credential reached by fewer than 120 individuals in the U.S.

Jon co-founded and directed the University of Maine Outdoor program for 17 years where he trained hundreds of outdoor leaders and taught outdoor and climbing skills to thousands of students. More recently he served four years as a Department Head and Professor for the Eastern Maine Community College Outdoor Leadership program.

Jon maintains a second career in emergency medicine. A practicing paramedic since 1989 Jon continues to work as a flight paramedic, RN, and wilderness medicine lead instructor.

Jon provides leadership and oversight for all Acadia Mountain Guides staff and works closely with senior staff to ensure high caliber training and leadership development for all who take others outdoors.

For a more complete resume see Jon Tierney.

Jon is a very experienced professional guide and one of the best educators in the AMGA. His client care and technical skills are excellent.” – Rob Hess (former AMGA Technical Director and Bela Vadasz (IFMGA Guide)


No child left inside! Circumstances are different for everyone. We ask those who can afford to pay for camp to please do so.  Acadia Mountain Guides offers options to those who want to attend camp but might not have the financial means.

Option 1. Camper sends us a letter in their own words on why they want to come to camp and the parent or guardian should send an accompanying letter stating what they can contribute to camp. We seek to find sponsors to support this program.

Option 2. REENO Foundation. This is a scholarship program honoring Nick Ruschmeyer, one of our
former camp leaders who died from cancer recently. He did a lot in his short life.  Per Nick’s choice, AMG is one of four benefactors of his foundation’s funds. Our campers can apply for a scholarship to attend.

Option 3: Many businesses and organizations offer financial assistance for camp.  Often, all you have to do is ask. Here are some ideas. Your church or synagogue may have a fund. If the camper’s parent(s) or grandparent(s) served or are serving in the military, there may be funds available for camp through veteran’s groups. Other civic organizations and clubs, sororities, and fraternities, may have available funds.

Option 4: An example of the above:
The Lee Summer Camp Scholarship Program provides up to $300 in summer camp scholarships to children of Atlantic Acceptance and Maine Auto Credit customers. Deadline April 30th.



All AMG camps operate under a Challenge by Choice philosophy. No camper will ever be forced to do something against their will although they may be encouraged to try new experiences. Young people need outdoor adventure. Outdoor sports and rock climbing offers an almost infinite number of options and every camper will succeed at their own level. Campers may hike further than they thought they could or try climbs that they cannot yet do – we all do – and that keeps us coming back to try again. At times weather, fitness, or park closures may limit our ability to complete all desired activities.  

Play Hard, Play Fair, Play Safe!

  • A 50% non-refundable deposit is required for registration.
  • Final payment is due by June 1st.
  • Installment payments may be made with final payment due by June 1st. 
  • Reservations made after June 1st require full payment.

Cancellations made prior to June 1st forfeit $250.00 of initial deposit. 

Cancellations made after June 1st forfeit 100% of the tuition. Exceptions are rare and based on whether we can fill the spot and the reason for your cancellation.

Acadia Mountain Guides will not refund or reduce tuition for late or non-arrival or early withdrawal.

Acadia Mountain Guides reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of our program, including program itinerary, trip dates, activities, or location, as a result of unforeseen circumstances, including weather, environment, or health hazards.

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

If Acadia Mountain Guides alters or cancels a program, it will not be held responsible for any incidental or consequential costs, damages, or fees, for example, fees associated with your canceled travel reservations, equipment purchased for the trip (including non-refundable air tickets), substituted programs, or other costs or fees.

If the participant is dismissed or departs early from a program for any reason, no refunds can be granted, and guardian/s are responsible for any and all costs of an early departure, whether for medical reasons, personal emergencies or otherwise. These costs include, but may not be limited to homesickness, medical evacuation and costs, medical treatment, plane, train, or other transportation costs or fares, meals, lodging, and expenses incurred by staff who may accompany participants.


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 after as well as 15% discount off MSRP for life!!! 

Purchases may be made in-store or online. Gear purchased in advance of camp can be prepared for you to have on the first day of camp or shipped in advance.

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 Rock Climbing and Adventure camp program was opened in 2001. Our camp is licensed through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and is accredited through the American Mountain Guide Association and the Professional Climbing Instructor Association.

Each year camp leaders from over a dozen Maine summer camps obtain some or all of their leader training through Acadia Mountain Guides.

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!

Leaders take and share photos to us when they have enough cell signal. Campers can share their photos too. We then share all of the photos via Google where we grant you access to download them for  90 days. 

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.

2022 Staff Coming Soon…


• 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.

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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All Gear and Clothing

Become a client of Acadia Mountain Guides and receive a permanent 15% off MSRP on purchases in our stores or at AlpenglowGear.com.

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Gear Rental Program

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