Youth Climbing Courses (ages 6-18)

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!

Registration for session 2 will open November 1st!

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 2 (2 Week Holiday Break from December 24th to January 6th)

6 & 7 year old options

Monday 5pm to 630pm – November 22nd to February 7th

Friday 5pm to 630pm – November 26th to February 11th

8 to 10-year-old options

Wednesday 430pm to 630pmNovember 24th to February 9th

Saturday 9am to 11am – November 27th to February 12th

Sunday 9am to 11am – November 28th to February 13th

11 to 13-year-old options

Tuesday 430pm to 630pm  – November 23rd to February 8th

Thursday 430pm to 630pm – November 25th to February 10th

Saturday 11am to 1pm – November 27th to February 12th

Sunday 11am to 1pm – November 28th to February 13th

14 to 18-year-olds options

Tuesday 630pm to 830pm – November 23rd to February 8th

Wednesday 630pm to 830pm – November 24th to February 9th

Thursday 630pm to 830pm – November 25th to February 10th

Friday 630pm to 830pm – November 26th to February 11th


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 or visit the desk Tuesday 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. 

For the climbers registered in the Pre-Comp you can access your course website here.


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