Mountain Challenge’s ‘Camp 4’ returns for spring 2018 semester; community invited

Mountain Challenge’s ‘Camp 4’ returns for spring 2018 semester; community invited

 March 7, 2018

Camp 4 is back!

The outdoor fitness initiative, launched in March 2016 by Mountain Challenge to help address obesity and physical activity in the community, is open to the public, as well as Maryville College faculty, staff and students.

Camp 4 is one of many campus programs related to the College’s “Fit. Green. Happy.” initiative. Starting March 14 and continuing every Wednesday afternoon through May 2 from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., the backyard of Maryville College’s Crawford House will be open to the community for activities like climbing, yoga and strength training.

The cost is $10 for adults (18 and older) and $5 for children (8 to 17 years old) each Wednesday. Kids under 8 years old are free.

In the event of rain, Camp 4 will be cancelled that day and will not be rescheduled. (Note: Camp 4 is cancelled on March 21, due to Spring Break.)

Participants will be able to climb the 55-foot Alpine Tower, boulder in an on-site climbing cave, participate in a group fitness and/or yoga class, and complete an individualized workout using kettlebells and resistance bands. Group fitness classes begin at 4 p.m., with yoga starting at 5:15 p.m. The one-hour classes are led by certified instructors Wendy Guillaume and Valery Soltis. Starting this spring, Camp 4 will offer free fitness assessments from 3:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Camp 4 is also a HABIT site! HABIT, or Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, is a program of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine that sponsors animal-assisted therapy programs in a variety of settings with the help of a strong core of volunteer pet owners and their loving pets.

Mountain Challenge, a fitness and outdoor company located on the Maryville College campus since 1987, is dedicated to “providing high quality, safe outdoor experiences designed to change the world for the better, one person at a time.”

According to Bruce Guillaume, Mountain Challenge founder and director, the idea for a local Camp 4 was inspired by Yosemite National Park, which traditionally allows climbers and outdoor enthusiasts alike to congregate and stay in the Park’s Camp 4 camping area.

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Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.