Throughout the year, Ground Up offers a variety of camps to help kids learn fundamental physical literacy skills, learn climbing and build friendships. Our winter programs focus on creativity and active learning indoors through the “Base Camp” schedule, while our summer camps range of programs from outdoors focused to competition focused to just pure fun focused! All of our counsellors and instructors are certified climbing instructors and coaches with a wealth of experience they cannot wait to share with Squamish’s next generation of climbers. The programs are running 3 – 5 days.
As with all of our programs we focus on teaching climbing through games, lessons and community building. All our campers have the opportunity to learn about their community, climbing and themselves.
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BASE CAMP (4 DAYS)
AGES: 6-8, 9- 12
DESCRIPTION: Each day campers will learn a little more about climbing, a little more about their community and a little more about themselves. Days are filled with climbing lessons, time outside in the local park, arts and crafts, giant obstacle courses through the gym, free-climbing time and lots of games.
SKILLS: Base camp covers the basics and is appropriate for beginner climbers and intermediate climbers. If you have the basics down from one of our other courses or programs then our instructors will cater to offer more comprehensive training and new skills.
PREREQUISITES: A zest for climbing, making new friends and learning new skills.
WHAT TO BRING: Lunch, two healthy snacks, sunscreen, athletic clothing, water bottle, running shoes.
HIGH CAMP (5 DAYS)
AGES: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17
SKILLS TAUGHT: This camp builds on Base Camp with the addition of a day outside in Squamish’s renowned smoke bluffs park to practice the skills and feel real rock under the hands. The course material is catered to the experience of the campers registered.
BASIC: Safety checks, top rope belaying, technical movement on the wall, climbing terminology, how to fall properly on the bouldering wall.
ADVANCED: Intro to lead climbing techniques, ascending a rope, advanced movement techniques on the wall, rock rescue, how to make a boulder problem, route setting skills. ** Advanced program runs with those who have participated in our programs before in the week of July 24th-28th.
PREREQUISITES: Just a love of trying new things and climbing.
WHAT TO BRING: A healthy lunch and two snacks for each day, sunscreen, athletic clothing, water bottle, running shoes and a functioning bicycle. We will be riding to the smoke bluffs for the day outside.
ROCK CAMP (4 days)
AGES: 10-12, 13-17
DESCRIPTION: This camp is intended to give participants a chance to learn the ropes and get outside. Two days will be focused on learning the necessary skills indoors and two days will be in the Smoke Bluffs Park applying their skills with instructors who are certified ACMG.
SKILLS: For this first session, we will focus on top-rope anchors, cleaning anchors, rappelling, and risk management at the crag. This is intended to be a level one course. As with all courses, our instructors will cater to each participant’s experience and comfort level.
PREREQUISITES: Must have a top rope certification at Ground Up Climbing Centre prior to participating. Also must be approved by instructors.
WHAT TO BRING: Bicycle to travel to the smoke bluffs, a healthy lunch and two snacks for each day, sunscreen, athletic clothing, water bottle, running shoes.
DATES: July 17th-21st, August 14th-18th
DESCRIPTION: This is a beginner course those interested in dabbling in a few of Squamish’s most prized sporting activities. We are collaborating with Airhouse Warehouse and Dialed in Cycling to bring you 3 hours of bouldering and 3 hours of roped climbing at Ground Up, along with 6 hours of mountain biking and hours of trampoline instruction and lots of great games throughout the camp.
PREREQUISITES: A zest for sport and learning.
WHAT TO BRING: A healthy lunch and 2 snacks for each day, sunscreen, athletic clothing, water bottle, running shoes, mountain bike for the Mountain Biking portion of the camp.
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SAFETY & RISKS
All participants are expected to recognize and accept the risks inherently involved in the activity of climbing. Part of the risk involved in undertaking any activity or program is relative to the participant’s own state of health (physical, mental or emotional) and the awareness, care and skill with which the participant conducts themselves in that activity or program. The specific risks vary from one activity to another. All participation in programs and services is voluntary and each participant knowingly assumes all risks associated with his or her own participation. IN CASE OF PERSONAL INJURY OR ACCIDENT, CONTACT A STAFF MEMBER IMMEDIATELY. For life threatening circumstances contact 911 directly.
Classes are occasionally cancelled on holidays or because of special events. Please check our calendar to see when classes may be cancelled.
REFUND POLICY OR WITHDRAWALS
Camps: Refund requested 7 days before the beginning of the session receive a 100% refund. In less than 7 days before the beginning of session, the refund amount is 50%. If cancellation is within the session, it is 50% of the remaining days.
PROGRAM CANCELLATION AND LOW ENROLLMENT
Ground Up Climbing reserves the right to cancel a program due to low enrollment. Classes may be combined if enrollment is low.
ALLERGIES AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Severe allergies to nuts-have become an increasing concern. To ensure the safety of all participants, do not send your child to the facility with snacks containing nut products. If your child has allergies or any medical condition that we should be aware of, please let us know at the time of registration. Please also speak with your child’s instructor about any conditions that could impact your child’s safety. In the event of an emergency, we will make every attempt to contact the parent(s) or guardian(s) listed on the account. If we are unable to reach the parent(s) or guardian(s), we will contact the person listed as the alternate emergency contact. Please keep the contact information (home phone, cell phone or work phone) current on your family account. Call us at 604 567 8850 to update your account.
SICK CHILDREN – WHEN TO STAY HOME
A sick child can infect other participants as well as staff and runs a greater risk of injury in sport and recreation programs. If your child has any of these symptoms within 24 hours of his/her scheduled program, please keep them at home:
– Rash or other skin infection (persistent itching or scratching)
– Excessive coughing, wheezing or a runny nose with green or yellow