Youth Climbing Courses (ages 6-18)

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!

Registration will open the last week of August !

We will be running sessions of 10-week durations. Youth, with their parents, can decide if they would prefer to have classes once or twice a week; each class is two hours in duration (excepting the 6 & 7-year-olds). 

Youth Climbing Course sessions include both one-on-one scheduled instructor time where each climber has an instructor all to themselves to help them progress on whichever climb or level they have chosen to work on; and group sessions, where climbers are split into groups of similar ability to work on a specific drill/technique/activity suitable for their ability. There is also a specific lesson/drill portion of each session where CRG coaches teach a set of specific techniques or run drills/exercises to practice them. Sessions all end with a final round of stretches. On weekends, sessions run a bit differently: we open the gym up early for the youth program (so we have the gym all to ourselves until eleven) and combine two youth groups at once with a few extra instructors to help.

Our instructors have lots of experience working with kids of all ages. We have a whole crew of strong climbers that help us carry out the lessons/drills and helping the kids one-on-one. The Youth Program coaching team is made up of the gym’s staff,  regular gym members, and older members from our youth competitive team. There’s a great mix of styles and experience for the kids to draw from.


If your child has not visited our gym before, please make sure to fill out an online waiver before completing the registration form. We cannot accept payment or complete the registration without a valid waiver form in our system. Visit the waiver tab and click the big red button labelled WAIVER.

Please note, once the session has started, we do not issue refunds for any reason. Special circumstances will allow for a credit to your account or transfer to the next session. You can withdraw from the course anytime up to one weeks before classes start and we will issue a refund minus the $150 deposit. Please make sure you are intending to attend youth program before completing registration with the links below. 

2021/2022 Youth Program Schedule   

Session 1

6 & 7 year old options – Monday and/or Friday 5 to 630 pm.

Monday with Kath – Sept 13th to Nov 15th

Monday or Friday with Emilia – Sept 13/17th to Nov 15th/19th

8 to 10-year-old options :

Wednesday 430-630pm

Wednesday with Emilia – September 15th to November 17th

Wednesday with Kath – September 15th to November 17th

Wednesday with Tristan – September 15th to November 17th

Saturday 9 am to 11 am

Saturday with Mike -September 18th to November 20th

Sunday 9 am to 11 am

Sunday with Kathleen – September 19th to November 21st

Sunday with Steph – September 19th to November 21st

11 to 13-year-old options 

Tuesday with Steph – 430pm to 630pm – September 14th to November 16th

Thursday with Steph – 430 pm to 630 pm – September 16th to November 18th

Saturday with Mike – 11 am to 1 pm – September 18th to November 20th

Sunday with Steph – 11 am to 1 pm – September 19th to November 21st

Sunday with Kath – 11 am to 1 pm – September 19th to November 21st

14 to 18-year-olds – Tuesday through Friday 630 to 830 pm.

Tuesday with Max and Steph – September 14th to November 15th

Wednesday with Max and Steph – September 15th to November 16th

Thursday with Max and Steph – September 16th to November 17th

Friday with Max and Steph – September 17th to November 18th


Cost of the program is $300 (HST included) per class. 

Rental shoes, chalk and memberships are not included in the cost of the program. You can purchase/rent for an additional cost (listed below) or bring your own.

Rental harness are included.

Shoe Rental per session $30 (including tax)

Membership per session $70 (including tax)

Liquid Chalk can be purchased for $20

Any problems with registration, please email Laura at or visit her at the desk Monday through Friday 10 am until 6pm. 

Pre competitive  ages 8-18 // two or three times a week

If you have a child who has been in the Youth Program previously and is interested in competing or just refining their skills then this could be what you’re looking for.  Try-outs for the pre-competitive team are held each May, this is an opportunity for coaches to get to know the kids, and group them according to age, skill, and mental fortitude. Email for more information. 

Special Notes

Class sizes are capped at 10 to 12 youth depending on the age group. 

You will be expected to leave your children at the gym with us, parents WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE BUILDING. We have regulations on capacity that need to be maintained in order to keep our community safe. 

ALL YOUTH will be expected to wear a mask while at the gym as dictated by Ottawa Public Health. WEARING INDOOR SHOES when taking a break from your climbing shoes is also now mandatory as well as liquid chalk. This can be shared between classmates