Rock climbing and mountaineering fantasies often call to mind hardy, grizzled adventurers and athletes at the peak of fitness.

But while advanced outdoors adventures might take advanced skills, that doesn’t mean they’re inaccessible. Maine-based organizations like Acadia Mountain Guides in Orono, Maine, provide many opportunities for kids and families to get the instruction they need to enjoy big adventures all year ‘round.

Check out these four opportunities (and a bonus one) for kids and families to get active in the outdoors this summer and beyond.

RockPro Teen Climbing Camps

For high schoolers who love to climb and want to bring their skills to the next level. Whether you’ve never climbed before or already have experience, this is the course for you. Divided into focus-specific sections (from fundamentals to multi-pitch climbing), the course is led by PCIA or AMGA-certified instructors who provide individual instruction to help you learn and improve your technique at your own pace. In camp, everyone shares in the necessary set-up and cooking. Evening is a time to take in a naturalist’s program, swim, walk on the beach, or simply relax in camp with new friends.

MultiSport Teen Adventure Camps

Also for high-school aged students, these “adventure week” programs introduce students to the demands and joys of participating in an outdoor expedition while encouraging the importance of cooperation and teamwork. Each seven day camp session takes place in a different location and includes different adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and more. You can also combine camps or choose a multi-week program by linking into the RockPro series.

Young Explorers Climbing and Adventure Camps

With both day and overnight options, this is the best bet for budding adventurers-to-be. The rock climbing camp features five days of vertical fun, challenge, and learning. In this focused climbing camp, campers get a lot of time on the rock and learn important rope skills like knots, belaying, and rappelling. Not a climbing enthusiast? The adventure camp affords the opportunity to touch starfish, crawl inside the earth, hike, learn map skills, and more. It’s a new adventure every day as campers discover the Maine outdoors and learn about outdoor safety, discover nature, and meet new friends.

Family Adventures

Try something new exciting that will build family trust and create lasting memories. Acadia Mountain Guides enjoys climbing with families to provide unique experiences for children and parents alike. From a lower-angled climb to a mountaintop to a seaside vertical playground overlooking Frenchman’s Bay, these adventures involve the whole family in the sport of climbing. All courses are tailored to your family and take place in locations like Acadia National Park, Camden, Clifton, New Hampshire, and along the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers.

Bonus: Winter Courses

For true adventure, set your sites on Acadia Mountain Guides’ full suite of winter excursions. From avalanche courses and ice climbing instruction to backcountry skiing and tall peak ascents, there’s no shortage of winter activities. Acadia Mountain Guides is Maine’s only full-service year-round climbing school.

For more information on these and many other year-round adventure opportunities, visit For all your gear needs, check out their retail outlet, Alpenglow Adventure Sports, in Orono and Bar Harbor or online at

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