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Youth Climbing Club

Youth Climbing Club 

Do you have a child interested in climbing? Campus Recreation's Youth Climbing Club is a great way for children to learn about rock climbing.

Climbing is a fun, exciting, challenging way to stay fit and enjoy the vertical world. Our knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic instructors and counselors will teach a variety of skills such as technique, gear usage, safety, route climbing, bouldering and strength/endurance. They will also learn life skills such as teamwork, problem solving, trust, concentration and communication.


Age Groups

Climbers will be divided into two climbing groups based on age, interest and ability during the opening class following the parent's overview and orientation.

Billy Goats | Ages 5-8

This climbing group is for younger climbers seeking to develop their interest in and passion for the sport while making new social bonds with fellow youth climbers. In this group, an emphasis on building social skills through climbing development, having fun and enjoyment of the process will be our primary focus.

This group is for climbers ages 5-8. Older students are welcomed, if they desire a social focus. Much like Billy Goats that live in the vertical and enjoy grazing the hillside, these climbers will have a casual training experience that supports dabbling in the art of training for climbing. 

Spider Monkeys | Ages 9-12

This climbing group has a main objective of developing a whole climber from the ground up. Emphasis in this group will include physical conditioning, mental training aspects of climbing, active use of journaling and other guided reflection to develop the whole climber in mind, body and spirit. Themes of fun, socialization and celebrating together will be integral to the Spider Monkeys. 


This group will focus on the outcome of being a better enhanced overall person, while knowing that achieving improvement at climbing is the path we will walk to get there. This group will be further subdivided into Older and Younger Spider Monkeys to pair fellow climbers in training groups equitable with their physical and developmental ranges.


Spider Monkeys can be found hopping hillsides, climbing stone walls and can't seem to get enough! This group will embrace your child's internal drive, excitement for the vertical and mentor them in honing their passion and energy as the Spider Monkey cohort bonds together on ropes and boulders while they train and share their successes as a team! 

Dates and Times

Youth Climbing Club takes place on eight select Saturdays during the Fall and Spring semesters from 11:00AM - 1:00PM.


Registration

Registration can be completed at the Student Recreation Center front desk during normal facility hours. Registration for the Spring 2020 session is now closed.

  • Monday - Thursday | 6:00AM - Midnight
  • Friday | 6:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Saturday | 8:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Sunday | 10:00AM - 10:00PM
Facility Hours

For more information email:  CampusRecKids@mail.wvu.edu