RUTLAND - The Vermont Country Store has thrown a big rock wall in front of some Rutland-area youth. That's not a bad thing-in fact, it's a very good thing. The internationally known store has generously donated scholarship funds for local youngsters to participate with rock climbing activities hosted by the Rutland Recreation Department.
The scholarship funds are for programs as well as transportation, recognizing that many low-income kids and their families do not have transportation.
A portion of the scholarships are going to three youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County to take a rock climbing class. These three elementary school youth will have the opportunity to boulder and climb with the experienced instructors at Rutland's indoor climbing gym, the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center.
With walls reaching 25 feet high, with over 8,000 square feet of indoor climbing space, all rental equipment including shoes and harnesses will be provided for.
"This place is really cool. The walls are painted to simulate actual rocks and places to climb outside in Vermont," said Boys & Girls Club member Brianna Smith who received a scholarship. "Mr. Lulik is really nice and I really like his cat."
Steve Lulik, owner of Green Mountain Climbing said, "I feel privileged that the climbing center is there and that there is a great teamwork concept amongst the community members. Working with the Boys & Girls Club and the Rutland Rec. Department to give kids the opportunity in rock climbing and the adventure world- it's a beautiful alliance."
These rock climbing scholarships awarded to Boys & Girls Club members in collaboration with the Rutland Recreation Department are just one of the many ways the two local organizations have partnered. The Boys & Girls Club of Rutland and the Rutland Recreation Department are planning an expansion and combining of their facilities at Giorgetti Park.
For more details about opportunities for local youth call 747-4944 or 773-1822.