One of the core goals of ATX Kids Club is to motivate children to become more active. We walk through the city and take nature walks every week, but we have also found other great activities such as kayaking and bouldering. It is amazing to be able to introduce bouldering to kids without having to leave the city and in a controlled and safe environment. Australian Sports Camps exposes the benefits of rock climbing in their blog and we love it!
As many other sports it increases strength, endurance and flexibility. Getting to the next level requires working every part of the body. Remember you’re fighting against gravity! It also improves hand feet and eye coordination.
Rock climbing has mental benefits as well. It increases problem solving, planning and decision making. It’s one thing to be able to jump from one rock to the next, it’s another one to be able to reach the end of a puzzle. Figuring out the best route and even discovering their own physical limits requires a lot of thinking. Which also helps to build confidence and self-esteem. A big wall is made of small steps which boost them to keep going. Sometimes their tenacity surpases their physical strenght and they get really tired, while still having so much fun!
Rock climbing helps with stress relief as it is such a challenging activity. Kids and adults have to focus, forgetting all other worries they may have. Add that to the boost in confidence and you get a really happy child! We love taking kids of all ages to ABP in Austin as they usually end up communicating and helping each other. Even smaller kids show their techniques to the older ones.