McCall, Idaho based Courageous Kids Climbing announced today their climbing schedule for 2018.  The organization has in the past four years conducted over two dozen climbing events in which over 300 people have participated.  Courageous Kids Climbing is an organization that provides free opportunities for people between the ages of 3-months and 103-years with special needs, physical or developmental, to experience the various forms of rock climbing at events held throughout Idaho, Washington and California.
Jeff Riechmann of Courageous Kids Climbing said, “It has been very exciting to see the interest in our climbing opportunities for people with special needs grow.  We are looking forward to visiting all of the sites this season.”
Climbing has proven to be very beneficial for children with special needs.  For the child with developmental challenges, it helps them to practice focusing, enhance hand-eye coordination and challenges their problem-solving skills.  For the child with physical challenges, it takes them from a horizontal world and lets them experience the vertical world.
The organization travels with a variety of special harnesses and lifting devices that enables them to share the climbing experience with those kids who have physical challenges.
Local emergency responders are invited to participate in the events as it has been found that the events are an excellent opportunity for emergency responders to fine tune their rope rescue skills while learning how to better accommodate people with special needs.  Participants with verbalization issues are encouraged to ask emergency responders for a tour of their vehicle. 
Events are planned for:
April 14, 2018 – The Rock Gym – Rexburg, ID 10:00 am until noon.  The event is being conducted for HAS Inc. and will be our first visit to Rexburg!
April 15, 2018 – The Rock Gym – Rigby, ID 10:00 am until noon.  The event is being conducted for HAS Inc. and will be our first visit to Rigby!
April 21, 2018 - Wild Walls - Spokane, WA. 10:00 am until noon.  This is our 3rd annual event for this facility! The Spokane Fire Department’s technical rescue team has been an awesome supporter of this event, and they will be joining us again.
April 22, 2018 – University of Idaho - Moscow, ID. 10:00 am until noon.  This is our 4th annual event at the University of Idaho.  These events are organized by student research interns at the Centers for Disabilities and Human Development.  The technical rescue team from the Pullman (WA) Fire Department will be supporting this event.
May 19, 2018 – Camp Pinewood - McCall, ID. 10:00 am until noon.  This will be our 3rd annual event in the outdoor boulder field at Camp Pinewood, next to the Payette River.  We also set up a slackline for this event.  It is held RAIN OR SHINE!  
May 20, 2018 - Wings Center - Boise, ID. 10:00 am until noon.  This is our 4th visit to Wings Center!  It is one of our more popular events with the kids.  In addition to the “usual” climbing walls, the facility also has climbing walls built out of old tires; a cargo net for climbing and a rope ladder.
June 23, 2018 – Action Sports - Bakersfield, CA. 10:00 am until noon.  This is our 3rd annual event (and 4th event) held in Bakersfield.  This event is pretty popular with the local rescue teams from Kern County, which really enjoy spending time with the courageous climbers!  
June 24, 2018 – Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team’s mobile climbing wall be at the University of Antelope Valley Parkview Campus in Lancaster, CA.  from 10:00 am until noon.  This will be our 2nd visit to Lancaster.  In addition to their climbing wall, the local sheriff officers also bring out a variety of emergency vehicles for the kids to check out.  If available, we may also find members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department displaying one of their fire apparatus at the event.
July 21, 2018 – We once again returning for our 3rd annual event at the YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir, near Cascade, Idaho for climbing on their climbing tower and rope confidence course.  This event happens RAIN OR SHINE!  It will run from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Thank you to Get It Dunn for sponsoring this event.  Assuming that he is not out fighting a forest fire, Smoky the Bear will be joining us.  Cascade Fire Department will also be supporting us.  Be sure and check the signs in Cascade, as several of the local businesses post messages for the courageous climbers!
August 11, 2018 – We will be returning to Central Washington University for our 3rd annual climbing event in Ellensburg, WA.  This event will run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the University’s climbing facility.  Kittitas Valley Fire Rescue and the CWU Campus Police Department will have representatives on-site to help the courageous climbers!
August 12, 2018 – Once again, we will continue our trek through Washington state, traveling to the coast as we host our 2nd annual outdoor climb at YMCA Camp Colman in Longbranch.  This event will run from 10:00 am until noon.
September 8, 2018 – A return trip to Boise finds us climbing at the Downtown YMCA from 10:00 am until noon.  This is a return engagement for this facility just down the street from the State Capitol.  We might even have an A-10 pilot show up to support the kids.
September 9, 2018 – Teton Rock Gym - Driggs, ID.  This will be our third annual event in Driggs and will run from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm…yes, a time change.  We are trying different things in an effort to grow this event.  Teton County Fire District is looking forward to supporting the event.
September 15, 2018 – NOTE DATE CHANGE!  YMCA at Spokane Valley, Washington.  This second annual event will run from 1:00pm until 3:00 pm.
Those individuals who would like to volunteer to help at the events should contact Riechmann.
In addition to organizing climbing events, Courageous Kids Climbing also visits schools and other public events, setting up their slacklines and teaching the children about balance while having fun.  Events are planned for Crimson Point Elementary in Kuna, Idaho on April 13 and Our Savior Lutheran Church in McCall Idaho on July 22.
The organization also supports the Courageous Kids Scholarship Funds at the University of Idaho and University of Antelope Valley.
The organization is also working with the Children’s Therapy Place in Boise, Idaho to develop a continuing education class for physical and occupational therapists on how to use a climbing wall as part of a therapy program.
Courageous Kids Climbing maintains its non-profit status by being a member of the McCall Community Improvement Corporation.
Pre-registration is required so that event organizers can insure that they have the appropriate equipment on hand to accommodate each and every child that participates.   To sign up your child with special needs or to volunteer for the event, send Riechmann an e-mail at jeffriechmann@cs.com or visit Courageous Kids Climbing on Facebook for more information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Riechmann
Event Coordinator
Courageous Kids Climbing
300 Mountain Cove Court
McCall, Idaho 83638-4501
jeffriechmann@cs.com