Sponsored Content: The Powerful Benefits of Rock Climbing for Kids


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Is your child looking for a new activity or a unique way to challenge him or herself? Rock climbing could be just the thing they’re looking for.

Any sport or physical activity encourages developmental skills in kids, but rock climbing can bring positive growth to a new level — literally. When kids climb, they stretch their physical and mental capabilities in innovative ways and enrich their overall lives through strengthened character, confidence and courage.

Here are a few other ways rock climbing can benefit kids:

Problem Solving

Climbing requires a unique combination of physical output and inventive problem-solving at every level. As kids are encouraged to broaden their physical and mental boundaries through rock climbing, they begin to sharpen their problem-solving skills in ways that most sports would not. Whereas many sports place focus on other positive traits, like good sportsmanship and teamwork, climbing is different. When they climb, kids develop their curiosity through question-asking, solid concentration, absolute perseverance and pure focus. Each one of these newly honed skills can then be taken outside of the climbing gym and implemented throughout a variety of “real-life” situations, specifically within educational or classroom-based experiences.

Increased Confidence

Rock climbing also serves as an exceptional confidence-booster. When kids are put into a situation where they must rely solely on their own strength and abilities to succeed, their confidence soars. As they climb, kids are presented with multiple decisions in a short period: Which rock should they grip? Which leg should they place their weight on? Which arm should they use to reach for the next hold? How should they allocate their use of energy to make it to the top? Processing these types of questions on their own encourages autonomy and confidence in even the most timid and hesitant of climbers.

Courage

Courage is another positive trait that is developed through rock climbing. As a child overcomes an obstacle, fear or hesitation associated with climbing, a desire to set and reach new goals is formed and a new sense of courage is achieved. When kids are encouraged to place their fears behind them and aim to accomplish more challenging goals, anxiety dissipates and allows their courage to shine even brighter.

Character Building

As kids continuously set and meet climbing goals, they are taught the importance of planning ahead for success. Goal setting is a vital skill to instill at a young age, and climbing places a strong emphasis on doing so. At TRC, youth climbers in the after school First Ascents program and summer/track-out camps maintain “passports,” which track his/her successes — making goal-setting a fun, engaging activity. 

About Triangle Rock Club: Triangle Rock Club recognizes the incredible benefits a child reaps from climbing, which is why its purpose is to place kids programming, teams and camps as a top priority within its business model. It is TRC’s goal to create a well-rounded climbing experience that encourages safety, friendship, a healthy lifestyle and a love for climbing, which, in turn, is sure to yield positive results for kids both within the climbing gym and outside in the “real world.” Visit trianglerockclub.com for more information.

 

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