January is here and it is high time to review who climbed and why they did so here at The CRUX at Camptown. The CRUX at Camptown is here to serve as a program tool for working with other youth serving nonprofits around Indianapolis as well as being a fun offering the public can rent out. Whereas program opportunities that support our partners are The CRUX’s primary mission, public rentals work as fundraisers that help us offset program costs for the many nonprofits we work with on outdoor programs and in The CRUX.
If we look at the base numbers, over three-hundred kids climbed on CRUX-specific programs this year. Those 300+ kids came from sixteen different program partners and public rentals (birthday parties). The sixteen program partners included churches, Boys and Girls Club units, local community centers, and more. The CRUX even hosted one lock-in for a group of international exchange students before they headed back to their home countries.
Seventy-three of those 300+ kids participated in highlight programs The CRUX ran this year called “Climbing Clubs.” The CRUX climb clubs were a partnership between six program partners meant to bring more climbing opportunities to Marion County youth. Students learned the basics of rock climbing/bouldering over the course of five days at climb clubs. Students completed a journal as they went which also recorded their growth as climbers and in other areas such as increases in confidence.
Finally, The CRUX had over sixty youth climb as part of other day programs. In this case, a group might spend half the day at Eagle Creek Park and half the day climbing at The CRUX. These kids are in unison to the three-hundred mentioned above.
The most important notation, aside from the statistics above is that almost all of our groups were returners. Nearly each group we worked with this year was a dedicated program partner we worked with in years past. Many have already expressed interest in repeating CRUX programs in 2020. We look forward to seeing them again as well as adding all new partners for an all new year!
For more information about Camptown and the programs we do, check out our website; camptown.net