Tacoma Youth Programs

Tacoma Youth Programs

Outdoor Adventure for all ages! We offer year-round programs for kids age 2 - 18, as well as summer camp and outreach programs for outside organizations.

After school programs (6-13)

This winter we'll be offering 10-week sessions of After School Climbing Club! Choose the series  that works best for you:




Mini Mountaineers (2-5)

Mini Mountaineers is a community of parents and tots/pre-schoolers who love to get outdoors! We aim to offer a range of activities to match the energy levels of young children while  keeping parents interested as well. Trips consist of monthly hikes at Pt. Defiance, nature lessons and activities, as well as bigger trips like car camping with hiking and rock climbing.


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Pathfinders  (6-9)

Pathfinders is our year-round program for kids age 6-9. Our goals are to build wilderness skills, develop an appreciation for the outdoors, and have fun! We have 1 evening meeting and one weekend outing per month. Parents are highly encouraged to participate alongside their children. Activities include hiking, climbing, backpacking, snowshoeing, xc skiing, kayaking, camping, and more. 



Explorers (10-13)

Explorers is a year-round outdoor program aimed at pre-teen youth and their families.   The group typically goes on 1-2 outings per month and activities include rock-climbing, hiking, back-packing, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and camping.  Parents and siblings are welcome to attend outings and even lead outings if they are a certified trip leader!  The kids are not required to have any prior skills or knowledge of the activities - we will teach the skills as we go.




Mountaineers Adventure Club (14-18)

Mountaineers Adventure Club (MAC) is our year-round program for adventurous teens, age 14-18.  MAC students choose their own goals and trips, and work toward them all year long. Skills learned may include: rock climbing, glacier climbing & mountaineering, skiing & snowboarding, hiking/backpacking, snow camping, and more. MAC students meet once a month at the Tacoma Program Center to work on skills, and plan at least one weekend outing each month.

Learn more and register



Summer Camp

In summer of 2023, the Tacoma Branch will offer several weeks of day camp, overnight camp, and teen adventure camps. Day camps are based out of our Tacoma Program Center, and focus on outdoor skills such as climbing, hiking, first aid, navigation, camp cooking, survival skills, and more! Each week includes at least one field trip for rock climbing or hiking. 

We also offer overnight camps at our property on the Carbon River, just outside of Mt. Rainier National Park. These weeks include beautiful day hikes in the Carbon River and Mowich Lake areas, as well as wilderness skill building, games, camp cooking, swimming, and fun around the camp fire.

Registration opens Feb 1, 2023 at 9am. Those requesting financial aid, remember to apply at least two weeks prior to registration to ensure that you have your promo code in time.



Mountain Workshops

Mountain Workshops is our outreach program, where we partner with other youth-serving organizations to provide outdoor experiences. We have worked with groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts, YMCA, school classes and school outdoor clubs, and more. Programs may include rock climbing, belaying, wilderness first aid training, navigation training, hikes or snowshoe outings, and more.  Programs can be tailored to the group, and financial assistance is available.

Learn more here or email ryannp@mountaineers.org to start planning your workshop today!



Volunteer with Youth

We are always looking for volunteers, especially belayers!  Want to volunteer with our youth programs?  Become a Qualified Youth Leader Here.


Have questions? Email Sarah Holt at sarahh@mountaineers.org, or call 253-566-6965.