After School Programs

Our after-school youth programs are designed to give young climbers between the ages of 8–17 a chance to learn and improve climbing skills. A cool way to connect with other young climbers while staying fit! Enrollment is on a monthly basis. Classes fill up quickly so be sure to sign your child up in advance.

The season runs from the first full week of Portland Public Schools opening, to the first week of PPS Summer break. For summer and winter break climbing opportunities, see our Climbing Camps.

For the more dedicated young climber who wants to make climbing their primary sport, be sure to check out the Portland Rock Gym Climbing Team.

Progressive Youth Club

Youth Club now benefits from the lessons learned and successes of our extremely popular Progressive Teen Program. This program introduces young climbers to beginner to intermediate top-roping and bouldering skills in a fun and encouraging environment. Enrollment is monthly and each group is limited to 8 participants per month.

This Club is intended to be on-going. We will track climber growth from month to month and teach a lot of awesome skills over time. Includes a membership to Portland Rock Gym for the duration of the program! Parents can sign up for one of our Intro to Climbing classes at 1/2 price during the time a child is enrolled in the program.

Progressive Teen Program

This twice per week program is designed to expand young climbers' skills and techniques. It is an on-going training program that tracks climber growth from month to month and teaches a lot of awesome skills over time. As climbers learn new skills and becoming a stronger climbers, they earn points toward advancement and some cool prizes. Perfect for beginner to intermediate climbers.

Among other skills, participants will learn how to belay and teens 14 years of age and older will be able to belay on their own outside of the Teen Club. Choose either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Includes a membership to Portland Rock Gym for the duration of the program! Parents can sign up for one of our Intro to Climbing classes at 1/2 price during the time a child is enrolled in the program.

Advanced Teen Summer Program

This summer program, for belay certified teens ages 12-17, is designed to teach and expand upon skills already learned in our youth programs. Participants must either be on the Climbing Team or have taken the Progressive Teen Program over the school year.

  • Enrollment is by the month
  • Times: 3-5pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays
  • Cost: $139/month. Includes a membership for the month enrolled.

Contact the gym for sign up information!

Climbing Team

For dedicated youth looking to climb competitively please consider signing up for Try-Outs!

Learn More Here


Kids Climb

A weekend drop in climbing program for kids 8-13. Up to four kids spend an hour with one of our staff instructors climbing in our instruction room.

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Seasonal Camps

During holiday weeks and school breaks, Portland Rock Gym offers day camps! The week of Thanksgiving features our Autumn Kids Camp and the last two weeks of December features our Winter Kids Camp. Summer Camps line up with the PPS calendar and feature outdoor rock climbing adventures.

Learn More Here

Programs Calendar