SUNY Potsdam's Youth Rock Climbing Program Returns


The Summer Youth Rock Climbing Program will return to the Leadership and Challenge Center at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall this summer, with the first three-week session beginning on Wednesday, June 13. 
The program is designed to teach children the importance of communication, trust and patience through climbing. Focus will be placed on building skills and community in a fun and supportive environment. Children who are already experienced climbers will learn the skills it takes to tackle the more difficult and strenuous climbing sections.

“I love rock climbing because it is a sport that teaches you patience, strength and a great way to express yourself,” said SUNY Potsdam student Nate Sachs, one of the camp coordinators.

Children aged 8 to 12 will learn about climbing technique, use of equipment, knots, adventure games and climbing safety in three sessions:
• Session I will take place from June 13 to June 27 on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Session II will take place from July 3 to July 17 on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Session III is tentatively set for July 24 to Aug. 7 on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

Three sessions will also be offered for youths aged 13 to 17, where they will learn climbing technique, use of equipment, knots, climbing safety, belay certification and adventure games:
• Session I will take place from June 7 to June 28 on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Session II will be offered from July 5 to July 19 on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Session III is tentatively set for July 26 to Aug. 9 on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. 
Each session costs $50 per child, due upon the start of the session, but a $25 deposit will be required to reserve your spot in a session. All dates are subject to change.

Call soon to reserve a spot, as space is limited!

Facilitating the camp are wilderness education minor Casey Cunniff and Nate Sachs, both students at SUNY Potsdam. 

“The most rewarding part of wilderness education is inspiring those rare but magical light bulb moments in others and having those participants inspire those moments in me,” said Cunniff. “Those of us in this field constantly seek that moment when you can actually see a concept suddenly click in someone’s mind. It is an instant where it all makes sense suddenly and for that one moment we find clarity. Nothing gives us these better than the wild.”

To register for a session, contact Sachs at, or contact Cunniff by phone at (401) 419-8262 or via e-mail at

For more information about other day camps and programs for youth offered in the summer at SUNY Potsdam, visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.