Guiding Ministries with Climbing

Solid Rock - Climbers for Christ's purpose is to encourage, equip and empower Christian climbers to reach their non-believing climbing partners and friends. Because of that focus, we don't teach climbing to non-climbers and/or use it for an outreach tool to non-climbers. However, there are many ministries that do. Below are: 1) Two websites that are a connecting point for all outdoor ministries.  2) A list of ministries we are aware of that have climbing as part of their program.

Christian Adventure Association:  Their Mission Statement is "We are a community that exists to glorify Christ by encouraging, edifying, educating, and equipping wilderness and adventure leaders." Visit CAA's site for valuable information on Christian adventure ministry or visit the page of direct links for contact information of the ministries who offer climbing. 
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Outdoor Leadership:  Ashley Denton offers a great number of resources to outdoor ministries including a great blog with high quality original content, a list of recommended programs, ministry start-up information and much, much more! SRCFC is proud to be a recipient of the OL badge!

Discovery Ministries, Eminence, MO
Discovery Ministries uses God's creation as a classroom and a teacher to introduce people to God as their Lord, Savior and Creator and to help them mature spiritually, intellectually and physically to become the men and women God desires in His Kingdom. Discovery Ministries seeks to help people become caring of others, the environment and themselves; courageous and faithful, yet humble; responsible for their lives and decisions; purposeful and moral decision makers; and understanding of who they are and what their responsibilities are in their relationships to God and others.
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Christian Outdoor Leadership School (COLS)
Christian Outdoor Leadership School (COLS) is a wilderness based overnight outdoor adventure  program for pre-teens and teens. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for character and leadership development in the context of faith in God, Christian principles and outdoor adventure. COLS is an outdoor adventure experience where kids can be kids. We create an experience of learning outside, doing fun and challenging activities where the participants can be unplugged electronically and explore.
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Tall Timber Ranch/Caravan Adventures
Tall Timber; an adventure in Renewing Faith, Reconnecting Hearts, Reclaiming Lives - in a stunning wilderness setting!   This mission statement sums up our purpose. How and where it happens is something to experience for yourself!  Located in a stunning valley bordering the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, Tall Timber features outdoor adventure activities  including high and low ropes, rock wall, zip line, giant swing, canoeing and more. Off site adventure trips called Caravans include rock climbing instruction at the nearby climbing area of Leavenworth, WA and other NW destinations, canoeing, rafting, backpacking and  climbs of major peaks. We believe following Christ is the ultimate adventure.

Doe River Gorge Ministries
  • Here, in the majestic Doe River Gorge, in Hampton, TN, hundreds of students each year meet God in deep, life-challenging ways. Rockclimbing is part of our outdoor adventure program called Adventure Quest.
  • For more information contact us at or (423)725-4010!

    Camp Loucon
  • Camp Loucon in Kentucky has a weeklong rock climbing camp for high school kids, teaching rappelling, belaying, and climbing skills.
  • Contact Camp at or 270-242-7160

    Three Springs Ministries
  • Times spent in God’s outdoor classroom are unlike anything else. Three Springs Ministries out of Morris, PA incorporates climbing programs both on and off site.
  • Contact: Wendell Witter at or 570-353-2155

    Beyond Camp Highland
  • Beyond Camp Highland out of Alpharetta, GA has developed different levels of programs for the purpose of laying a foundation of spiritual learning. Our desire is for students to complete a trip having grown in their relationship with Christ and in their knowledge of how to study the Bible and facilitate a Bible study.
  • Contact: Ask for Bobby 678-393-0300 or
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  • Merri-Mac is an outstanding summer camp can be one of the most important experiences in a girl's life.ummer at Merri-Mac is packed with new opportunities - fun activities, new skills, and great trips. Even more important, a summer with us is filled with meaningful friendships, personal growth, and individual attention.
  • Contact: Adam Boyd via email
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    Camp Timberlake
  • Located high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Camp Timberlake for Boys has a long history of offering youngsters the most memorable summers of their lives. We strive not only to provide a summer of fun and recreation but, in a larger sense, to develop a camper's character so that they will be stronger spiritually, mentally and physically.
  • Contact: Adam Boyd via email
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    Compass Wilderness
  • The Mission of Compass is to proclaim and demonstrate the message of Christ to Christians and non-Christians alike, through experiential education in the outdoors. Our goal is to parallel adventure activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, river rafting, hiking and camping in an applicable way to ones daily walk with Christ. They are headquarter in Bedford, TX.
  • For more information contact Compass at or 888.810.9263. Visit:

  • Ascend Outdoor Adventures 
  • Ascend is a non-profit adventure guidng ministry based in Austin TX, with a focus on discipleship and leadership development.  We provide challenging and rewarding outdoor experiences to youth groups, college groups, and other parties interested in immersing themselves in the beauty and wonder of God's creation.  Some of the activities we provide are rock climbing, rapelling, caving, backpacking, hiking, and canoeing.  
  • Contact: Jason Mann (512) 965-9371

    Camp Eagle
  • Camp Eagle is proud to announce its emergence as a climbing venue. We have about a mile of cliff that gets as high as 185 feet. Our top-rope site is outfitted with stainless steel hardware for the easiest access you’ve every enjoyed. In addition, we have 6 sport routes bolted (from 5.8 to 5.11+) and are planning and constructing more. There are also several incredible bouldering sites. For a small fee (it really is small) you can even stay the night or weekend and enjoy all the property has to offer: a cool clear river, star filled skies, and 1400 acres on which to roam.
  • For more information contact Sarah at or 830-683-3219.

    Ascending Adventures
  • Based in Superior, Wisconsin, Ascending Adventures is an ecumenical adventure ministry for middle schoolers through adults. They challenge participates to extend themselves in all areas of the lives.
  • For more information contact Mike Odberg at or call them at (715) 395-9826 or at (218) 269-0586.

    Timber-lee Christian Center
  • Timber-lee Christian Center offers climbing trips at the Midwest's primary climbing site, Devil's Lake, in south-central Wisconsin. They offer both programmed trips as well as customized trips.
  • Contact: Sean Gartland via email at
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    Christian Adventures
  • Christian Adventures has been challenging youth and adults to grow together in Christ through outdoor adventure since 1978. Adventures in road/mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing, high and low ropes course, and much more! Basecamps in Colorado (Estes Park), Michigan, and Wyoming with custom trips across the United States.
  • For more information, contact Thomas Cousineau at or 970-586-7500
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    Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries
  • Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries is a Christian outdoor education and wilderness adventure program based in Laramie, Wyoming. Solid Rock believes that outdoor experiential education is a biblical and therefore effective way to disciple and minister to youth and young adults. Solid Rock utilizes the activities of technical rock climbing, backpacking, and mountaineering to develop Christian leaders and train young men and women to be followers of Christ. Trips vary in length from 2 to 40 Days.
  • For more information, contact Andrew Arnold at or 307-755-0642.
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    Eagle Lake Camp
  • Eagle Lake Camp, a ministry of the Navigators, offers Excursions Camps in Colorado (West) and Smoky Mountains (East) that have rockclimbing. Some of their other Excursions offer climbing as well.
  • For more information contact John Rogers at or 719-272-7457.

    Camp Redcloud Rock Camp
  • Our rock camps are designed with beginner to intermediate rock climbers in mind. We’ll be spending five solid days teaching rock climbing skills, belaying, basic anchoring techniques, and rappelling. These coed camps are for those entering grades 7-12, must be in good physical condition. They are based out of Lake City, Colorado.
  • For more information contact Steve Nutting at or (970) 944-2625, ext. 230

    Adventures West Outfitters
  • On Adventures West programs – we have few problems with distractions such as cell phones, games, friends or family when we are rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, caving, backpacking, mountain climbing or mountain biking. People like having fun with us even when throwing buckets of H2O or sleeping under the stars.
  • Contact: Ed or Jan Cogar at or 503-622-1855
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    Peak 7 Adventures
  • Peak 7 Adventures is a non-profit organization that exposes young people of any age to the wonder of God's creation. Wilderness adventures challenge participants to expand their horizons by fostering trust relationships and team building skills. Imagine your family and friends holding on for the rafting trip of their life. Food, fun, friends and family, what more could you want for a beautiful day on the river? Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the beautiful Northwest.
  • Contact: Ryan Kerrigan or (509) 467-5550.
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    Summit Adventure
  • Summit Adventure uses experiential education, adventure programming, service and cross-cultural immersion as tools to move individuals and groups out of their comfort zones into more reliance on God and each other. Since 1973, Summit Adventure has been leading the way as the premier Outdoor Ministry program. Participants throughout the years have told us that their experiences have been truly transformational, whether domestically in Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Death Valley or internationally in Ecuador, Mexico, and Israel. Although every course is different, typical course components include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, orienteering, trekking, cultural immersion and service.
  • Contact: Jair Drooger at (304) 844-2631
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  • Rock-N-Water
  • Rock-N-Water is a Christian adventure camp in California for church youth groups, individuals, and families. We seek to help youth grow closer to God through whitewater rafting, outdoor rock climbing, backpacking, canyoneering, and living history programs while they are here.
  • Contact: Craig Lomax at or (800) 738-0555

    North Shore Adventure Camp
  • The camp is to be a Christ-centered, non-denominational, adventure sport camp, designed to challenge you both physically and spiritually. To be located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, they will supply the necessary equipment and guiding/coaching for sports such as mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, etc.
  • For more information contact Jim Moore (530) 386-1962 or
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    Sea & Summit Expeditions
  • For over 30 years, Sea & Summit Expeditions has used outdoor adventure and the wilderness to bring people into a new perspective about life, relationships, and God. Through adventures such as rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, caving and more, individuals and teams are faced with challenges that inspire personal growth.
  • For more information contact, Britton & Michelle Davis at or (760)872-6548.

  • Quest Adventure for Youth at The Summit
  • Are you a young man age 14 through 20 years old? Have you wanted to climb a mountain, complete a 16 mile day hike or 60 mile back packing trip? Have you wanted to learn rock climbing and or rappelling? Have you ever wanted to learn how to build snow caves & igloos as well as other survival skills? Are you interested in becoming a leader and learning leadership skills? The Summit has a new and challenging opportunity for you. We are serious about skill building and adventure activities. This is not your average youth hang-out program. 
  • -f you are serious and want to know more please contact Jeff Conti 253-569-6303 or 
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