YOUTH PROGRAMMING

YOUTH PROGRAMMING

CLASSES, CAMPS, AND MORE!

JUST CLIMB

JUST CLIMB

AN HOUR OF FUSS-FREE CLIMBING

 

JUST CLIMB

JUST CLIMB

ALL AGES

The Guelph Grotto offers a variety of climbing experiences and lessons available for all skills levels. The Just Climb package is a great way to get into climbing, and is perfect for getting family and friends together - we handle the ropes, you do the climbing! If you're new to climbing and looking for a way to try it out before jumping in head-first, our Just Climb package is perfect for you. We'll pair you (and your friends, family, etc.!) up with a staff belayer, who will handle the ropes and offer you tips throughout an hour of climbing.
 
Our Just Climb packages can be booked privately or are available for larger groups, and are tailored by the instructors to meet the needs and experience of the participants. 

Harness rental included.

At least 72 hours notice needed to make a booking.

For bookings of 10+, please call for availability.

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YOUTH STREAMS

YOUTH STREAMS

STAGES A & B OF OUR PROGRESSIVE PROGRAMMING

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A

A

IS FOR ALPINE

ALIPINE STREAM

ALIPINE STREAM

SOCIALIZING MADE EASY

The Guelph Grotto's Alpine Stream groups kids into similar age brackets, to create a setting that naturally fosters friendship and socialization through activities and games. The Alpine stream is broken into four programs:

Approach (Ages 4-8): Our Approach program is for children who are not as familiar with climbing gyms. Participants will play climbing games and become more knowledgeable with the basics - how to put on their harness, basic technique, and climbing terms, but ultimately, the focus is on the social aspects of climbing.

Crag (Ages 8-10): Climbers in this program may or may not have had experiences in a climbing gym setting. Participants will play rock climbing games and will learn foundational tools for their rock climbing journey, such as how to put on a harness, tie knots, and belay, but ultimately, the focus is on the social aspects of climbing.

Crux (Ages 10-13): Climbers with minimal climbing experiences will be introduced to more intermediate concepts and skills. Participants will play climbing games and be faced with unique challenges. Along with the basics, Crux climbers will learn to belay, ascend and use an ATC, but ultimately, the focus is on the social aspects of climbing. 

Anchors (Ages 13+): The Anchors program caters to those with a basic understanding of how climbing works, though no experience is necessary. This program offers activities to encourage climbers to work together to solve problems. Those in the Anchors program will learn some advanced skills unsuitable for younger climbers, but ultimately, the focus is on the social aspects of climbing. 

BETA STREAM

BETA STREAM

LESSON BASED SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Each course in the Beta stream is designed to teach kids different skills based on their experience, as opposed to solely their age. We offer four courses based on different ages and experience levels:

Guppies (Ages 5-8): This program improves basic skills and abilities. Participants get to learn the basics of rock climbing while playing interactive climbing games, reaching personal goals, and learning to safely navigate the climbing gym. Lesson topics include boulder etiquette, fundamental climbing techniques, and gym navigation.

Spotters (Ages 8-11): The Spotters program puts an emphasis on improving skills and abilities. Participants will learn the basics of climbing while enriching their knowledge base with lessons covering topics such as weight distribution and climbing techniques. This program is for those with little to no experience.

Whippers (Ages 9-13): The Whippers program puts an emphasis on creating high-level skills and abilities. Participants will learn the basics of climbing while enriching their knowledge base with lessons covering topics such as injury prevention, and using an ATC. This program is for those with more experience.

Leaders (Ages 12+): The Leaders program puts an emphasis on fine-tuning skills and understanding how to navigate the gym safely around adults. Climbers will have lessons covering topics such as problem setting (making their own climbing wall problems) and mock lead climbing.

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B

B

IS FOR BETA

 

COMPETITIVE TEAMS

COMPETITIVE TEAMS

STAGE C OF OUR PROGRESSIVE PROGRAMMING

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C

C

IS FOR COMPETITIVE

COMPETITIVE STREAM

COMPETITIVE STREAM

END THE DAY ON TOP OF THE PODIUM

The Guelph Grotto's Competitive Stream is for those looking to take the next step in their climbing journey, and place even more intentionality around skill development and personal improvement. The Competitive Stream is broken into two teams:

Jr. Team (Ages 9-12): The Junior Team is the newest addition to our Competitive Stream. Climbers will spend two hours, twice per week, training for competitions while also finding the best version of themselves. Climbers on the Jr. Team are encouraged to compete in regional competitions. Climbers exiting our Guppies program (who are 9+ years old) or our Beta Stream (and in the age range of Jr. Team) may join our Jr. Team.

Sr. Team (Ages 11+): The Grotto Climbing Team is dedicated, first and foremost, to self-improvement in climbing. Training is split into a number of phases that range from strengthening core muscle groups, to energy saving and mental techniques, all designed to take a climber to the next level. Climbers must compete in regional competitions to join the Sr. Team. Climbers who are of age may try out to join the Sr. Team (tryouts held in September and January each year). Training is 3 semesters per year, Jan-Apr, May-Aug, and Sept-Dec.

Competitive Team Head Coach: Julia Bunko

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

THE MOST UNIQUE PARTY VENUE IN TOWN

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

ALL AGES

Rock climbing offers a rewarding, physical activity for kids both young and old, and the Grotto's birthday party packages let you focus on the climbing and celebrating, while our staff takes care of the rest! 

You and your guests will get 1 hour of vertically challenging fun in our gym, with help from our qualified belay staff, followed by 45 minutes in our party room to refuel.

We provide tables, chairs, plates, napkins, cups, cutlery, water, pizza (your choice of pepperoni or cheese), candles, lighter, and knife. You bring your own cake, snacks, and other party goodies.

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MARCH BREAK CAMP

MARCH BREAK CAMP

LEARNING, BUT THE KIDS WILL LOVE IT

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MARCH BREAK CAMP

March Break Camp

HALF DAY (Ages 5-7) 
FULL DAY (AGES 8-12)

Our week-long March Break Camps allows your child(ren) to spend the week at the Guelph Grotto, where they will learn more than just the fundamentals of climbing. They will learn how to use a harness, tie knots, and belay throughout the week, but also take part in lots of rock climbing and skill building, fun games, and weekly challenges! 

Our full and half-day camps provide flexible options based on your climbers age, and early drop-off/late pick-up options (additional fee required) make it easy to coordinate with parents' schedules.

Camp includes all gear (shoes, harness, and chalk), a Grotto Camper shirt, and a special lunch on Friday. 

REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN FOR 2023

Registration not yet open for 2023

Interested in getting your kids on some real rock this March Break? Check out our Outdoor March Break Camp instead!

 

SUMMER CAMP

SUMMER CAMP

SCHOOL IS OUT, BUT ANOTHER CLASS IS IN SESSION

REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN FOR 2023

SUMMER CAMP

SUMMER CAMP

HALF DAY (Ages 5-7) 
FULL DAY (AGES 8-12)

Our week-long summer camps include lots of rock climbing and skill building, fun games, and weekly challenges! To keep things fresh, kids will also visit CRTL-V Virtual Reality, and play games in the park. Camp includes all gear (shoes, harness, and chalk), a Grotto Camper shirt, and a special lunch on Friday. 

Our full and half-day camps provide flexible options based on your climbers age, and early drop-off/late pick-up options (additional fee required) make it easy to coordinate with parents' schedules.

Voted one of the best camps in Guelph by Readers' Choice Awards!

Interested in getting your kids on some real rock this summer? Check out our Outdoor Summer Camp instead!

Registration not yet open for 2023

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PA DAY CAMP

PA DAY CAMP

HELP KIDS MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR DAY OFF

PA DAY CAMP

PA DAY CAMP

HALF DAY (Ages 5-7) 
FULL DAY (AGES 8-12)

Our PA Day camps are an awesome way to keep kids active and engaged while off from school. Climbers will learn various skills, and they can work to complete climbing challenges throughout the day. Camp includes all gear (shoes, harness) and a pizza lunch. 

Our full and half-day camp provides flexible options based on your climbers age, and early drop-off/late pick-up options (additional fee required) make it easy to coordinate with parents' schedules.