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Indoor Crew Climbing

Students can continue to rock climb indoors throughout the winter months thanks to our local partners at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge. Rather than using NYC Outward Bound’s outdoor climbing wall, Crews of students meet at the Brooklyn Boulders indoor gym to learn safety protocols, how to belay, and of course, climbing techniques. This is a great opportunity for students to hone their climbing skills, challenge themselves to reach new heights, and become closer as a Crew.

We encourage schools to book a full day of programming with us (5 hours of climbing and community building for one group, or 2.5 hours of climbing for two groups) to maximize their time. We always ensure that there are appropriate instructor-to-student ratios.

This program is 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.


Crew Climbing (2.5 hours):

  • $1,000 + $330 (gym fees – $22 per student x 15 students)

Crew Climbing (5 hours with community building):

  • $1,600 + $330 (gym fees – $22 per student x 15 students)
  • $3,200 + $660 (gym fees – $22 per student x 30 students)



Indoor Climbing takes place on-site at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge (23-10 41st Avenue, Queens, NY, 11101).

Paperwork Required:

At least three weeks prior to your program date, complete and turn in:

  • NYC Outward Bound Schools’ Medical Form and Liability Release (The medical form does not require a doctor’s visit)
  • Brooklyn Boulders waiver form 

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

  • 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 and facilitate introductions and any necessary paperwork
  • NYC Outward Bound Schools instructors take attendance and lead a quick round of icebreakers.
  • Instructors fit each participant with a harness and shoes for climbing.
  • Participants are split into small groups for climbing technique demos
  • Crews climb, climb, CLIMB!
  • Participants wrap up by sharing takeaways and debriefing


For more information or help booking a program, contact:

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

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