Rock climbing is not only fun and great for the development of physical fitness, it also builds many positive character traits. We have been highlighting five positive traits in a blog series over the past few weeks. We previously discussed Courage, Diligence, Responsibility and Kindness & Caring. Our final post focuses on Respect.
As part of your climbing program, consider intentionally promoting respect by establishing the following guidelines:
- Give your best effort during climbing activities.
- Be proud of your climbing accomplishments.
- Be an active listener.
- Be helpful – Offer tips to help other climbers.
- Be kind.
- Encourage other climbers – Say: “You got this!” “Great job!” “Congratulations!”
- Use respectful language – Say please and thank you.
- Work cooperatively with others during rock climbing activities.
- Take turns.
- Be on time & ready to climb.
- Pay attention when the instructor is speaking.
- Follow climbing procedures and rules.
- Wear proper clothing (no jewelry and athletic shoes).
Respect Climbing Wall & Accessories
- Use the climbing wall and accessories as instructed.
Hold a discussion with your group to talk about what respect looks like, sounds like and feels like. Make a poster of the responses and post it near your climbing wall as a reminder. Promoting respect along with other positive character traits will help make your climbing program the safest, most enjoyable and growth-promoting that it can be. You can also consider adding Character Holds to your Traverse Wall to further emphasize the importance of positive character traits.