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Youth climbing at Earth Treks

Rock-climbing is just one of the options for athletic kids thinking outside conventional activities. In recent years, youth enrollment has fallen in traditionally popular sports like basketball, football and soccer, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. For some kids, traditional sports are too competitive or require athletic skills they don't possess. Others have parents are looking for alternatives to injury-prone contact sports. Dodgeball, disc golf, archery, karate — myriad options and teams give local kids the opportunity to stay active, build character and develop confidence when popular sports aren't the right fit.

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