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Crew Climbing

Crew Climbing is our signature rock climbing program available to middle school students, high school students, educators and school staff.

We offer a half-day (2.5-hour) version of this program, and a full-day (5-hour) version with an add-on community building component. Both take place at the NYC Outward Bound Schools outdoor rock wall in Long Island City — the tallest outdoor climbing wall in New York City!

These programs are best experienced in small groups, teams, or within the Crew structure — NYC Outward Bound Schools’ signature advisory structure, typically comprised of 8-16 students and an adult advisor.

Outward Bound has utilized climbing as an educational experience for over 60 years. Participants discover the importance of focus, commitment, tenacity and trust by learning how to balance on steep faces, pull through overhangs, and practice belaying their peers. Our skilled instructors review knots, rope systems, and movement techniques before climbers begin to ensure that the experience is safe and fun for all participants. This program is a great opportunity for students to support their fellow Crew members outside of the classroom!


Half-day Crew Climbing (2.5 hours):

  • $1,000 – up to 15 students
  • $1,200 – up to 20 students

Full-day Crew Climbing (5 hours with community building):

  • $1,600 – up to 15 students
  • $3,200 – up to 30 students

Paperwork Required:

Complete and turn in NYC Outward Bound Schools’ Medical Form and Liability Release at least three weeks prior to your program date. The medical form does not require a doctor’s visit. NYC Outward Bound Schools reserves the right to deny or restrict participation in whole to anyone who does not submit a completed form or meet the screening criteria.

Sample Learning Targets (Youth)

  • I can be a good leader by offering my own ideas and listening respectfully to the ideas of others.
  • I can demonstrate appropriate safety practices for rock climbing and explain some basic techniques.
  • I can learn about climbing techniques.
  • I can practice trust today by relying on my peers, teachers and instructors during trust-building activities and by belaying others. Through my respectful and safe behavior, I will give others reason to trust me.
  • I can set a goal for myself about what I’d like to achieve at the climbing wall. I can give others permission to encourage me to go farther.
  • I can reflect on my climbing experience and think critically about how it applies to my everyday life at school or home.

Sample Agenda

  • Welcome! Participants arrive on-site.
  • NYC Outward Bound Schools instructors lead a quick round of icebreakers.
  • Instructors fit each participant with a harness and helmet for climbing.
  • Participants are split into belay teams, receive a climbing/belaying demo, and learn a few climbing basics.
  • Crews climb, climb, CLIMB!
  • Participants wrap up by sharing takeaways and completing an evaluation.


For more information, contact:

Badari Ambatti, Director of Client Relations
[email protected] 
Office: (718) 706-9900 x125

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