Climbing Volunteer - Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, Saddletowne YMCA, and Shawnessy YMCA


Climbing Wall Volunteer



Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and Saddletowne YMCA


Day Camps & Climbing ILT

Date of Revision

Jan 21, 2022

Time Commitment

2 hours per week, 6-month commitment
Scheduled times vary

Staff Partners

Day Camps and Climbing Supervisor




YMCA Calgary is currently looking for volunteers to join our Climbing Team. As a volunteer, you will provide fun & safe climbing experiences for children and families alongside a certified Climbing Instructor. Previous experience in climbing is not required.


Age requirement: 16 years of age and older



  • Maintain a safe environment by following policies and procedures to manage risks associated with participation in climbing programs
  • Build relationships with the participants, their families and YMCA staff and volunteers
  • Ensure safety, communication and a sense of belonging are high priorities
  • Work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers
  • Support the YMCA Climbing Instructor in facilitating quality experiences during registered program and open climb experiences
  • Assist the Climbing Instructor with keeping children engaged in off-wall activities.
  • Support the check-in process required for climbing including online waivers, open climb appointments and sign-in/out systems.
  • Communicate with Day Camps & Climbing Supervisor regarding any situations during your shift



  • Gain valuable practical experience in a volunteer position
  • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership (upon completion of the probationary period and all required trainings) 
  • Continuing training and educations opportunities throughout the year (if applicable)  
  • Enhance technical skill set
  • Join a team of enthusiastic and interesting people who share a passion for leading positive programs to build happy and healthy communities


1. YBeginnings Orientation

2. Health & Safety and Child Protection Training

3. Position-specific Orientation and Training

a. Processes & Tools

b. Expectations

4. Ongoing training & support

At YMCA Calgary we ensure our volunteers are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. The successful candidate will have the following: 

  1. Experience building relationships with children, youth & families
  2. Customer service experience 
  3. Ability to stand for 2 hours
  4. Excellent communication skills
  5. Ability to take initiative, be creative and self-directed
  6. Attention to detail and customer-oriented
  7. Engaging and outgoing personality


  1. Evidence of a clear Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Search 
  2. Three references – one can be personal reference
  3. Able to attend and complete required YMCA trainings which may be at various YMCA locations
  4. Available evenings and/or weekends if required