What is The Jungle Gym Adventure Center?
"Jungle Gym" is the brainchild of Chet and Carmen Snouffer, who, after 20 years in
the mainstream gymnastics industry decided to start from the ground up
in designing a fun, non-competitive gymnastics program that also
included rock climbing, rappelling, slacklining (walking on stretched
nylon webbing for balance), Indo Boarding® (a balance board used by
surfers, skaters, exercise junkies and physical therapists for
rehabilitiation), adventure camps, parkour, and other alternative
the Jungle Gym, we use adventure-based physical activities to develop
physical skills, encourage cooperative effort, and cultivate a sense of
accomplishment and self-confidence in our students. As Christians, we believe there are more
important lessons than just "how to do a cartwheel" and we incorporate
that philosophy in all we do.
Chet and Carmen Snouffer are
the founders and owners of The Jungle Gym. Their roots run deep in the
Delaware community. Both are Delaware Hayes graduates and began their coaching careers with the Delaware Parks and Recreation Department 35 years ago!
After 14 years running the Recreation Gymnastics program and coaching
gymnastics at Delaware Hayes, the duo opened C&C School of
Gymnastics in Delaware in 1993 to accomodate the overflowing demand for
their services and to allow them to expand their high school team
offerings. Soon they had added Buckeye Valley and Olentangy's school
teams, along with Delaware Hayes and Willis to their stable of talent
all working out together and succeeding individually out of the C&C
complex. They sold C&C to Ric Voorhies in 1999 who renamed it Gym X-treme and eventually moved it to Lewis Center. We're proud of Ric and the great job he has done with the gym!
In 2003, they opened The Jungle Gym, combining gymnastics and adventure sports like rock climbing, kayaking, free running and more into a completely unique curriculum. Chet's degree is in physical education and
Carmen has served as coach, business partner and as a high-ranking
gymnastics official for USA Gymnastics in Ohio. Chet has spent the
better part of the last 20 years competing for the USA and winning world
and national titles in the sport of boomerang throwing. His experiences
as a motivational speaker to youth and corporations alike are now ready
to be channeled daily into the curriculum at The Jungle Gym!
are reknowned for positive, upbeat, enthusiastic coaching. Their teams
have won numerous sportsmanship awards and Chet was honored with the
Ohio High School Athletic Association's Sportsmanship, Ethics and
Integrity Award in 1999. OHSAA honored him further by naming the annual
sportsmanship award to deserving seniors after him, which continues to
Whether you are one of their countless former students
with children of your own or you are new to the area, you'll find
yourself part of an outstanding Delaware tradition when you enroll your
child in The Jungle Gym!
We look forward to seeing you in the gym!