Climber's Rock » 5155 Harvester Rd, Burlington, ON L7L 6V2
Established in 2010, our Youth Climbing Academy is a developmental climbing program for youth aged 4 to 17 built around two fundamental benefits of sport: FUN and FITNESS. Whether students continue on as recreational climbers or go on to become world-class competitive athletes, we believe that climbing in any form contributes to happier, healthy living.
3-Month Youth Climbing Programs
Autumn: Oct / Nov / Dec
Winter: Jan / Feb / Mar
Spring: Apr / May / June
Summer: Jul / Aug / Sept
Youth Climbing @Climber's Rock
New climbing area with over 1,000 sq. ft. of youth-only bouldering walls, separate bathrooms/changerooms, and side entrance available for drop off and pick up.
Academy Tykes (Ages 4 to 6)
Academy Tykes is designed to focus primarily on the ABC's (Agility, Balance and Control) of gross motor development and physical confidence all while developing social skills in a safe environment.
All weekly activities include climbing while exploring new movements and skills through organized play. Kids will build body awareness, physical coordination as well as social skills through age and height appropriate climbing games and activities.
Cost $295 + HST includes ten 90 minute classes during each 3 month session.
Academy Start (Ages 7 to 13)
Academy Start is all about getting new climbers on the wall as much as possible. This program includes a high ratio of coaches to students to help progress the skills needed to improve each climb.
Our coaches will introduce students to the different types of holds, grips, and movement techniques through fun games and activities. By engaging and supporting students in exciting challenges, we nurture effective teamwork and sportsmanship for new climbers of all ages.
Cost $325 + HST includes supervised climbing time in our new youth climbing area plus ten 90 minute classes during each 3 month session.
Academy Plus (Ages 7 to 13)
Academy Plus primarily focuses on gaining more physical control of their techniques while demonstrating the highest level of safety and etiquette when climbing. Students will learn how to belay, explore new challenges, and gain confidence through supportive teamwork in a variety of games and exercises.
Cost $325 + HST and includes supervised climbing time in our new youth climbing area plus ten 90 minute classes during each 3 month session.
Academy Focus (Ages 9 to 13)
Our focus programs are designed for climbers who are ready to take the next step towards competition climbing, coaching, or route setting. Focus classes are for students who wish to pursue a spot on one of our competitive teams, or become a youth climbing coach or learn more about what route setting is all about.
Participants will expand their climbing vocabulary repertoire, while staying engaged in age-appropriate climbing games and activities. As they gain experience, participants are supported by their coaches in a more self-directed curriculum, building skills of initiative and taking ownership for their learning. Climbers will stay engaged with new and classic climbing games and exercises.
Students who show signs of the dedication, focus, and a self-driven attitude required to become a top-level climber may also participate in more advanced, regimented practices. They receive a higher level of coaching feedback including specific movements and techniques, as well as an introduction to the world of competition climbing which focuses on efficiency, accuracy, and mental preparation.
Cost $425 + HST includes climbing gym membership plus two 120 minute classes each week during each 3 month session.
Varsity Rec (Ages 14 to 17)
Varsity is weekly group of teenage climbers looking to engage with new friends through an exciting sport. Our coaches are there to build a positive atmosphere that helps counter the stress of high school. A little bit of training, expanding skills, pushing themselves, and sometimes goofing off and good laughs come together to create a strong bond with the community.
Cost $295 + HST includes climbing gym membership plus ten 90 minute classes during each 3 month session.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child has never climbed before - can I sign them up?
Absolutely! Our classes cater to climbers of all skill levels - from absolute beginner to seasoned crusher. Climbing is inherently individual - that means even during our awesome group activities, the level of challenge being offered can be tailored to each individual climber in a class. We have specifically designed our program that way to be beneficial to everyone from first time enrolees to repeat registrants.
How do I know which program to choose?
If your child has never climbed before, Academy Start is recommended. Once your child has been evaluated by our coaching staff, we can recommend future classes based on each individual's skills and interests. With the help of our seasoned coaches, every climber will be challenged and will be capable of seeing improvement in any of our classes.
What is Supervised Climbing Time?
Parents of Academy participants are welcome to drop their children off (Age 7 & up) in our new youth climbing area during scheduled hours any day of the week. Our Academy coaches will be there to welcome and introduce new participants to a great community of youth climbers.
My chosen class or time slot is full this session. What are my options?
Class sizes are set based on set student/coach ratios. If a class or time slot is full, you may add your child's name to a wait list. Additional coaches, time slots, and/or classes may be added to the schedule depending on interest.
What should my climber wear to classes?
We provide all climbing gear that your climber will need during class (shoes, harness, chalk bag). We recommend wearing light layers (the gym is kept cool, but climbing warms you up quickly), and don't forget socks and a water bottle!