Afterschool Program - Compass Montessori Spring April-May 2024

Youth & Climbing Program

Afterschool Program

Compass Montessori (Golden & Wheat Ridge) April-May - Climbing Club Come rock climb with us afterschool on our indoor rock wall at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden on Wednesdays April 3, 10, 24 & May 1 . During these extended 4 sessions. Gain skills, climbing knowledge, and confidence in rock climbing and have fun with our team of qualified instructors!

This program is tailored for students specifically from Compass Montessori Golden & Wheat Ridge in grades 2nd-6th.  In this climbing club, youth will learn about climbing safety, equipment, knot tying, belaying techniques, the physics of climbing, history of climbing and various climbing techniques. Youth will experience this all in a small, supportive environment facilitated by highly skilled instructors and we provide all the climbing gear!

  • Age: 2nd-6th grade

  • Dates: April 3, 10, 24 & May 1 ; Wednesdays 2:45-5:00 
    • See full weekly schedule below

  • Location: The program is located at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) at 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401.  The indoor climbing wall is located by the North entrance of the building.

  • Cost: $225 for non-members; $210 for members
    • Transportation from Compass Elementary Golden & Wheat Ridge to our facility is provided each week.
    • Course fees include: transportation to the AMC from school, instruction, shared group gear (ex: ropes), harnesses, helmets, shoes
  • Financial Assistance 
    • There is financial assistance available for this course. If you would like to apply for financial assistance please fill out our Financial Assistance Application.

Transportation Details

Each week the CMC Instructors will meet your youth at their respective campus for pickup. The instructors will transport the students in our 15 passenger van to the American Mountaineering Center for the program. Pick up will be at 4:30pm from the American Mountaineering Center.

  • Pick up at Wheat Ridge Campus: 2:45pm
  • Pick up at Golden Campus: 3:00pm

Any students 7 years or younger MUST have a booster seat to ride in our vehicles. Please reach out to with any questions or to arrange booster seat drop off. 

Registration instructions: 

If you would like to register your student, and you are not a CMC member, you will need to make a FREE guest membership account here. Once this guest membership is made for the adult (with the adults email) you will add your youth to your account. Each participant will need to fill out a Youth Form. Only fill out the required items on the youth form. Health forms are required to submit this youth form but NOT to participate in afterschool programs. You can upload health forms if you have them or you can upload a blank placeholder document. Once this Youth Form is filled out, you can complete registration through this page.

Here is a step by step guide for the registration process

Please reach out to with any questions about registration! We are happy to help.

Weekly Schedule:

Week 1- 4/3: Introduction to safety equipment, ropes, harness, shoes. Belaying refresher for returners.

Week 2- 4/10: Introduction to upper body & foot work climbing techniques. More advance climbing techniques for returners.

Week 3- 4/24: Introduction to figure 8 knot and tying in to the climbing side. Belaying for returners.

Week 4- 5/1: Introduction to using wall features, like cracks & Climbing Games!

Refund/Cancellation policy: 

Requests made prior to 30 days before the beginning of this course will be processed with a $20 handling fee. Requests made within 30 days of the course will be refunded at 50% of the amount paid. No refunds will be made 7 days prior to the event unless it relates to a medical reason with a signed note from a medical provider.  If the CMC cancels the class for any reason, a full refund will be issued.

After registering, and prior to the start of the program, you will receive a confirmation email with more details and information about the camp. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Registration Minimum:

This course needs 6 registrants to run the program. If there are less than 7 registrants by January 8th (two weeks before the program), the course will be canceled and the registrants will receive a full refund. 

Program Requirements

This program has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

CMC Will Provide the Following:

  • Safety Equipment
  • Climbing Gear – harnesses, shoes, helmets, ropes, belay devices, etc.***

Participant Packing List:
If you are unable to bring any of the items below, please let us know. CMC does have a few extra items that we are happy to loan out.

  • Clothes (comfortable clothing for climbing):
    o Loose fitting pants or shorts
    o T-shirts and a long sleeve shirt
    o Closed-toe shoes
    o Sweater and/or warm layer
    o Jacket (in case we go outside for outdoor games)
  • Water bottle (at least 1 liter)
  • Snacks
  • Personal medications (inhaler, EPI pen, etc.) – please have all containers and
    bottles labeled and also listed on the medical form

**Cell phones, gaming devices, tablets, and iPods are NOT allowed on this program.

***Participants are allowed to bring their personal climbing gear – harnesses, shoes, helmets, etc. Please note this is optional. (CMC instructors will inspect all personal gear/equipment before use).

Program Materials

You must register for this program to see program materials.