Youth Rock Climbing

Dig into the basics of rock climbing and learn the “ropes” on our 32 foot indoor climbing wall! We’ll work on harnessing, knots, top rope climbing, bouldering, and more! Each week, we will learn something new with an emphasis on technique, safety, trust and teamwork. Participants in the Advanced class will work in-depth on technical climbing skills while improving strength, flexibility, and confidence! 

Climbers who wish to sign up for the Advanced class MUST have participated in the Intro class or Rock Climbing Mini Camps in order to attend. 

September, October, and November 2023 Sessions:

September Session: Sept. 4 - 30 
October Session: Oct. 9 - Nov. 4
November Session: Nov. 6 - Dec. 1  
-  NO Advanced Class on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving - Makeup Class on MONDAY Nov. 20 from 6:00-6:45pm

Level & Ages Day Times Location
Intro: Ages 5 - 9  Tuesdays 6:00 - 6:45pm  Schlossman YMCA
Intro: Ages 10 - 14  Tuesdays  7:00 - 7:45pm  Schlossman YMCA
Advanced: Ages 7 - 14  Thursdays  5:30 - 6:15pm  Schlossman YMCA

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• Comfortable, non-baggy clothing that allows you to freely move
• Tennis shoes
• Water bottle

• Meet at the climbing wall in the lower level of the Schlossman YMCA.
• Parents may watch from the windows located across from the Member Services Desk.
• Parents/guardians must sign a climbing waiver for each participant.

Rock Climbing Camp

Join us for a mini-session of rock climbing! Learn harnessing, knots, bouldering, safety, and more! Intro participants will tackle the basics while advanced participants will work in-depth on technical skills while improving strength and flexibility. 

Date  Ages Days Times Location
December 4 - 15, 2023  6 - 11 Tuesdays and Thursdays  5:30 - 6:30pm Schlossman YMCA

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Intro to Belay

This 75-minute class gives you an introduction to the basic skills needed to safely enjoy climbing and belaying on your own at the YMCA. Each participant will learn how to safely control the ropes for their partner, how to tie safe climbing knots, and how to communicate commands effectively. Following this one-time class, participants wait a minimum of 24 hours, and then come back in to take the top-rope belay certification test with a climbing wall staff. 

Members: $8, Non-Members: $12

Drop-ins are welcome, however, but please be aware that classes may already be full or may not be held due to a holiday or rental.

Sessions Ages Times Location
Every 2nd Wednesday*   Ages 16+ 7:30 - 8:45pm  Schlossman YMCA

*Class will only take place if two or more participants are signed up. 

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Forms, Waivers and More Information

Click Here to complete our Virtual Climbing Wall Wavier. Link will open in new tab.

The YMCA Rock Climbing Mini Camp Team is excited to announce that the online platform to hold all camper information and waivers, CampSpace, is LIVE! A link to CampSpace will be sent to the email on file within 24 hours of registration. Getting logged into CampSpace and filling out all waivers is vital to your campers success. Campers will not be allowed to be dropped off until all required waivers are filled out.

For questions, please contact our camp team at