BKB Youth Programs
Social, Active, Collaborative
We’ve restarted our youth programs and we’re coordinating these programs to line up with your climbers’ schedule.
After-school + Weekends
At Kids Academy we will focus on socializing while social distancing, and getting on the walls. Kids Academy can be booked for a single day or on a recurring basis. 1:5 instructor to climber ratio.
Participants will climb throughout the facility, experiencing plenty of top-roping and bouldering, alongside our BKB Instructors. Climbers will have the opportunity to reach new heights and engage with peers in a fun, socially-distanced environment!
* Kids Academy is 90 minutes at BKB Somerville
Teen Academy provides a place for teens and tweens to experience climbing and our BKB Community. Teens will solve problems individually and as socially distant pods.
Climbers will get consistent, educational instruction from BKB Team Members, have the opportunity to influence day-to-day group activities like climbing drills and technique lessons, and challenge themselves in a social, non-competitive atmosphere.
This program increases body awareness, climbing techniques, and terminology. It also helps teens improve their coordination and ability to sequence routes and problems.
* Teen Academy is 90 minutes at BKB Somerville
Given the modifications to schooling in these unprecedented times, our emphasis is on getting your climbers up and moving, while supporting virtual learning. Adventure Day participants will engage with peers and BKB Instructors in socially-distant pods with 3-5 climbers.
Adventure Day pods will be created by parents upon booking. If you are unable to form a complete pod, we will assign your climber to a pod.
BKBeast Youth Teams provide a structured atmosphere for youth to develop as climbers. All Youth Teams are run via socially distant pods of five or less with the same coach running every practice. Camaraderie is paramount in our teams as climbing is a sport of individual performance strengthened by the surrounding community. With respect to our current times, we hope our teams will forge friendship, partnership and spirit.
Additional Team Health Precautions
- Regular use of sanitizing liquid chalk, hand sanitizer + hand washing
- High touch surfaces in the gym cleaned and sanitized hourly using electrostatic sprayers
- All staff + team members required to wear appropriate face masks at all times (no bandanas or gaiters)
- Everyone must maintain 6ft of social distance
Welcome, young beasts. This is our entry level team. The 101 program is all about having fun while making friends and learning the foundations of climbing technique.
Practice is 1 x week with a 1:5 coach to climber ratio
We use a combination of climbing games, and movement lessons as well as the slow introduction of some training elements to keep these BKBeasts excited and engaged while they grow as climbers. This program provides everything needed to get on the path to joining the competitive teams or a lifetime of recreational climbing.
BKBeasts Club Team
Love to climb? Join the club. Here, climbers will get the boost in focus and fitness they need to reach their goals and enjoy recreational climbing at whichever level they’d like to pursue.
Practices are 2 x week at a 1:5 coach-to-climber ratio
The focus of Club Team is an exploration of personal limits through creativity and climbing; pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones and into the land of innovation and growth through: goal setting, skill-building, camaraderie and personal commitment.
BKBeasts Jr. Competitive team
The Junior Competitive Team is reserved for climbers with a love for climbing and a desire to develop a higher level of climbing ability.
Practices are 2 x week at a 1:4 coach-to-climber ratio.
The training program focuses not only on developing physical/mental strength, technical proficiency, and competition formats, but also on team building and having a blast together.
BKBeasts Competitive Team
The place where young athletes take their training to the next level. The training is focused on pushing climbers’ physical and technical climbing abilities further to achieve success at USAC Regional, Divisional, and National Championship competitions.
Practices are 3 x week at a 1:4 coach-to-climber ratio
These BKBeasts try out each year in the fall to earn a place on the competitive team.
BKBeasts Advanced Competitive Team
When we say competitive, we mean it. This team consists of young climbers who not only display the highest level of climbing ability, but also a relentless perseverance and commitment to training and to the sport. Individual curricula and training plans will be designed by the coaching staff for each climber based on their seasonal climbing goals.
Practices are 4 x week at a 1:4 coach-to-climber ratio
Selection for the Advanced Competitive Team is by invite only. Our coaching staff will select team members who have consistently demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation during the previous season, or will identify new talent during the Competitive Team tryouts.
Advanced Competitive Team climbers:
- Must climb/train 2+ days outside of sanctioned BKBeast practice/training
- Have a commitment to year round climbing and physical fitness
- Demonstrate a high level of self motivation to work towards seasonal competitive goals
- Exhibit a high level of technical proficiency, movement skills, and understanding on the climbing wall
- Demonstrate a willingness to adhere to the BKBeast’s Behavioral Standard (on and off the wall)
- Must compete at USAC Regionals during each season
- Must have an established history of climbing at a Divisional and/or National level
*Invitation onto the BKBeast Advanced Competitive team is based on space availability, overall team dynamic and a team members competition placement and practice performance over a full calendar year as a BKBeast.