The "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 rehabilitation), adventure camps, parkour, and other alternative sports!
At 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 accommodate 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!
They are renowned 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 this day.
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!
The Jungle Gymnastics Adventure Center® classes are designed for children from ages 18 months-14 years. "Jungle Gymnastics" is a unique concept from the mind of world champion athlete and professional educator, Chet Snouffer. It combines parkour, "ninja-warrior", tumbling, trampoline, slacklining, rock climbing and more into a complete alternative sports program!