Our mission: introduce kids to a lifelong sport that is empowering, rewarding, and just plain fun!
Climbing’s unique physical, mental and emotional challenges provide a wonderful opportunity for children to develop valuable life skills such as problem solving, self-reliance, discipline, teamwork, and character.
Our age-based, progressive program is designed to provide a structured, stair-step approach for kids of all abilities to become skilled and confident climbers.
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To enroll in a Youth Rec session, follow the 4-step process below. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions along the way.
STEP 1: SELECT YOUR CHILD’S PREFERRED CLASS DAY & TIME
Session information, class schedules, and class descriptions are provided below. We recommend selecting a backup in case the class you’re interested in is already booked. If you’re unsure which class to select, email us at email@example.com and we’ll help you make a selection.
STEP 2: SIGN A WAIVER
Click below to complete a “New waiver with a child” Be sure to add all children that will participate in camps to your waiver.
Already have a waiver on file for you and your family from a previous visit? Move on to Step 2.
Once your waiver has been accepted, you now have an account set up with us and you’re ready for Step 2.
STEP 3: COMPLETE THE ENROLLMENT FORM
Click below to complete the Youth Rec Session Enrollment Form. If you run into any problems, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP 4: CONFIRMATION E-MAIL OR PHONE CALL
A friendly Youth Rec Enrollment Specialist will contact you within 1 business day to confirm your booking or discuss other available options if your class selections are unavailable. They will also collect payment information if not on file already.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 773-564-9815. We’re happy to help!
CANCELLATIONS: If you would like to cancel your child’s youth rec enrollment at the end of a session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of 7 days before the end of the session.
REFUND POLICY: Due to space and scheduling limitations, there are no refunds for our 8-week Youth Rec Sessions.
MAKE-UPS POLICY: Students are allowed 1 “make-up” per session by attending one free hour of any scheduled Kids Rock Block drop-in. This make-up must be used within the session in which it was earned.
LOW ENROLLMENT: First Ascent reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment after the first two weeks.
|Late Spring 2018||4/30/18||6/24/18|
|Early Fall 2018||9/4/18||10/28/18|
|Late Fall 2018||10/29/18||12/23/18|
For class descriptions and program specifics, see below the schedules.
|Class Name||Age Range||Class Duration|
|Spider Monkeys||Ages 4-5||1 Hour|
|Scramblers||Ages 5-6||1 Hour|
|Rock Hoppers||Ages 6-8||1 Hour|
|Rock Warriors||Ages 9-10||1 Hour|
|Stone Masters||Ages 11-13||1.5 Hour|
|Stone Masters Lead||Ages 14-16||1.5 Hour|
|Advanced Rec||Ages 6-9||1.5 Hour|
|Team Prep||Ages 9-16||1.5 Hour|
The next session begins the week of July 2nd. Please note: the schedule below is subject to change.
|4:00 PM||Scramblers||Rock Warriors||Scramblers||Rock Hoppers||Kids Rock Block|
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|Spider Monkeys||Rock Hoppers||Scramblers||Rock Hoppers||Scramblers||Rock Hoppers|
|5:00 PM||Rock Hoppers||Rock Warriors||Rock Hoppers||Rock Warriors||Rock Warriors||Stone Masters||Rock Hoppers||Rock Warriors||Rock Hoppers||Stone Masters|
|6:00 PM||Stone Masters||Advanced Rec||Stone Masters||Team Prep||Advanced Rec||Stone Masters||Stone Masters Lead||Stone Masters|
|10:00 AM||Spider Monkeys||Scramblers||Rock Hoppers||Kids Rock Block|
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|11:00 AM||Rock Hoppers||Rock Warriors|
|12:00 PM||Stone Masters||Stone Masters Lead|
|1:30 PM||Advanced Rec||Team Prep|
Our 8-week session classes utilize 5 simultaneous tracks of development to keep your child engaged and moving forward, all while having a great time:
If a child completes the basic curriculum in his/her age group class, we have advanced versions of each class to build upon those initial skills, as well as a competitive team prep program for especially talented climbers.
SPIDER MONKEYS (Ages 4-5)
Our Spider Monkeys curriculum is centered around the concept of “learning without knowing you’re learning.” Through a multitude of climbing and movement related games we try to build basic kinesthetic learning skills, body awareness and balance. Movement skills, confidence and empowerment are emphasized over technical skill mastery or route completion.
SCRAMBLERS (Ages 5-6)
In our Scramblers classes, students will engage in many forms of climbing with the goal of learning basic safety skills, basic footwork, core movement skills, and the ability to “summit” our rock walls. We strive to instill a fundamental understanding of how to utilize strength and balance to move “with” the rock. We incorporate many student-centered, simple movement games to open up terrain kids might not otherwise attempt, and to make their time on the wall fun, satisfying and instructive.
ROCK HOPPERS (Ages 6-8)
Our Rock Hoppers students are usually ready to begin moving away from of our vertical walls and on to steeper, more interesting terrain. We emphasize the importance of footwork skills over pure strength as the terrain becomes steeper, and an understanding of the basic mechanics of climbing and body positions–or what we call “climbing moves.” At this age, students are also introduced the concept of “sequencing,” which is the skill of planning their path up the climb before they begin.
ROCK WARRIORS (Ages 9-10)
Our Rock Warriors students are at a fantastic age to readily learn the interaction of strength, technical movement, and thoughtful planning that is the essence of rock climbing. These students will engage in all styles of climbing to refine core movement skills, learn rope skills, master intermediate footwork and begin to develop a fundamental understanding of the interaction between body position, gravity and rock. We incorporate unique movement specific exercises to develop motor memory and an intuitive feeling for how to attack any combination of rock holds and positions.
STONE MASTERS (Ages 11-13)
In our Stone Masters classes, students begin to truly refine their footwork, movement, and body positioning skills. We add in more complex “specialty” moves, sequencing skills and advanced rope work. At this age, we also introduce challenging strength training exercises more specific to climbing. Some Stone Masters may work toward our Team Prep series (or even a direct try-out for the competitive team), while others will work on perfecting their technical rope skills, building out their repertoire of climbing moves and exploring new and more challenging terrain as their strength continues to increase.
STONE MASTERS LEAD (Ages 14-16)
Our Stone Masters Lead curriculum is very similar to regular Stone Masters, with the large addition of learning how to “lead” climb and belay. Lead climbing is when the climber is not protected by a rope from above, but rather, brings the rope with him/her and clips it to protection points as he/she ascends the wall. It is an advanced form of climbing that is essential for those children hoping to move on to the competitive team (where they must lead climb during competitions beginning at age 14), or for those who want to eventually progress into outdoor climbing where the ability to lead is generally required.
ADVANCED REC (Ages 6-9)
Advanced Rec is a 1.5 hour, invite-only class. It is designed for those who have completed the advanced curriculum in their age-group class, but may be a bit young, or not quite ready, for the Team Prep series. Advanced Rec will focus on more advanced strength and conditioning specific to climbing, moving on to steeper terrain, learning to “read” or “sequence” the route, and pushing into the higher difficulty grades. Advanced Rec is generally taught by a Lead Rec Instructor.
TEAM PREP SERIES (Ages 9-16)
Our Team Prep series are 1.5 hour, invite-only classes. This series is designed specifically for those kids who are training for a spot on First Ascent’s national caliber competitive team (team tryouts are the first week of Sept. and the last week of Feb.). Designed by our Head Team Coach and taught by Assistant Team Coaches and Lead Rec Instructors, these challenging classes focus on one specific area of development per session, and offer the best way to learn to move like an expert, get super strong, and unravel complicated bouldering and route sequences.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.