“Community Climbing Wall” – Renee Guay
My service-learning project in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) Interdisciplinary Studies Program gave me the opportunity to expand my learning through direct real-life experience. My passion for rock climbing and knowledge gained in my ODAL classes gave me the confidence to develop and implement a climbing wall and climbing programs at the new Truckee Community Recreation Center. My responsibilities included consulting the builders of the wall about construction, ordering equipment, route setting, marketing the new facility and programs, budgeting, staffing, scheduling, creating risk management policies, developing curriculum, and teaching classes.
Some of the recreational and educational climbing programs for youth and adults that I developed during my service learning course include youth classes, belay class, women specific courses, birthday party programs, school field trips, and weekend kids climbing sessions. I was also in charge of event planning for the grand opening of the recreation center with the climbing wall as the main attraction. This service-learning project gave me the chance to make a positive impact on my community while creating a job for myself. I am both proud and excited about my accomplishment and how it has opened up the door to many possibilities for my life-long career in Outdoor Adventures and Environmental Education.