Youth Recreational Programs

Throughout the school year we offer after-school and weekend climbing classes to help youth (ages 4-16) learn fundamental physical literacy skills, improve their climbing, and build friendships.

Learn. Train. Grow.

Our youth recreational programs allow young climbers to build their climbing in their own direction facilitated with respect to the Long Term Athlete Development model. They can pursue climbing as a social activity through fundamentals, a career in outdoor or indoor climbing, or as a competitive athlete.

Our Youth Program Curriculum and Achievement System provides a solid foundation plus a 6-level structure, assessing comprehension and abilities in 6 different areas. This program structure encourages kids to explore realms of their strengths, while also giving them the tools they need to train their weaknesses. Kids work through the curriculum at their own pace, in cooperation with instructors and their peers.

All program prices include the cost of rental shoes and rental harnesses.
All Participants under 19 MUST have a WAIVER completed by a parent/legal guardian.

A Note on Youth Rec Programs 2022/23

We are running with some modifications to reduce COVID-19 risk for all participants, our staff, and the community.

We run three terms per year:

– Fall (Sep-Dec): registration opens June 15
– Winter (Jan-Mar): registration opens Oct 1
– Spring (Apr-Jun): registration opens January 31

You can register for each term right here, or by calling in or stopping by the front desk. If your preferred day of the week is full, you can contact the front desk () and ask to be added to the waiting list.

If you have any questions, please email Program Director, Alison Stewart-Patterson at

Looking for Funding?

Ground Up is associated with KidSport BC through Sport Climbing BC. This means our kids are eligible to apply for grants to help make our programs affordable!