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Youth Climbing Club

Youth Climbing Club

Overview

Do you have a child interest 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 stat fit and enjoy the vertical world. Out knowledgeable, experienced, and enthusiastic instructors and counselors will teach a variety of skills such as technique, gear usage and safety, as well as route climbing, bouldering, and strength/endurance. They will also learn life skills such as team work, 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, and 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 because they climb, while knowing that achieving improvement at climbing is the path we will walk to get there. This group will be further sub-divided 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 together 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 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Fall Dates 

  • October 19
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 23
  • December 7
  • December 14

Spring Dates

TBD

Cost

  • $145 / Member Child
  • $175 / Non-Member Child
*Non-member parents will receive a multi-visit guest pass to the Student Recreation Center for the dates and times of Youth Climbing Club.

Registration

Registration can be completed at the Student Recreation Center front desk during normal facility hours. Registration is open now through Saturday, October 19th. 
  • Monday - Thursday | 6:00 AM - Midnight
  • Friday | 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday | 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday | 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Facility Hours

For more information, please contact Corrine Pruett via email at corrine.pruett@mail.wvu.edu

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