Volunteer for us

Being a ClimbScotland volunteer is a great way to get more involved the Scottish youth climbing scene. There are lots of ways to get involved both indoors and outdoors. This is an awesome opportunity to support our work, meet like minded people and gain more experience in climbing, which is perfect for those interested in pursuing a career in the mountaineering and climbing industry.

It's worth remembering that parents and guardians who volunteer at our comps get a discounted entry fee for their child. They should indicate their chioce when booking the event.

Others wishing to volunteer (e.g. outdoor courses students, teachers, leaders) should contact the ClimbScotland Team.

Volunteers for YCS 2021 WANTED!

Please email us if you are able to support YCS 2021.

Make sure to state in the email:

  • Full name:
  • Region:
  • Volunteer Roles you are able to do: Belayer (Top Rope / Lead) / Judge

Register at: info@climbscotland.net

Please also make sure to read our volunteer code of conduct which can be found at the bottom of this page.


Volunteer Roles

RealRock Volunteer

We run RealRock outdoor climbing sessions for under 18's throughout spring, summer and autumn. These are run by experienced coaches who hold either the RCDI or MCI award. The sessions cover a wide spectrum of abilities, from those who are just getting started with outdoor bouldering, to those who are wanting to learn ot improve their trad or sport lead climbing.

The RealRock sessions are a great opportunity for those who are working towards their RCI or RCDI to gain valuable experience shadowing a qualified instructor working with clients. Equally, if you just want to volunteer for the sessions that is also most welcome. The RealRock page has a list of session dates, if you would like to attend please contact calum@mountaineering.scot.

Club Volunteer

ClimbScotland has many youth focused climbing clubs that are affiliated to us. They cover the whole of Scotland from Edinburgh and Glasgow, all the way up to Orkney. Many of these clubs are fully run and supported by volunteers and many would welcome any new volunteers who are keen to get involved.

Have a look at the list of clubs and contact details here.

Competition Judge

Being a comp judge is one of the easiest ways to support the work we do. No previous knowledge or experience is required and we can provide free training to anyone who registers to volunteer prior to our comps.

  • If you wish to volunteer as a judge you will need to read the

Volunteer Top Rope Belayer

If you are a competent top rope belayer then why not help out at one of our roped climbing events. Opportunities are available for both our indoor and outdoor events where you will be assisting young people to reach new heights! Free training and skills-refresher checks are available prior to events for those who register to volunteer.

  • If you wish to volunteer as a Top Rope belayer you will need to read the

Volunteer Lead Belayer

If you are a competent lead belayer then why not help out at one of our roped climbing events. Opportunities are available for both our indoor and outdoor events were you will be supporting young lead climbers. Free training and skills-refresher checks are available prior to events for those who register to volunteer.

  • If you wish to volunteer as a Lead belayer you will need to read the


The role of a Chaperone at our comps is to escort groups of climbers from different age catergories around the climbing centre or arena, to the routes they have to complete on the day. Chaperone's will be provided with full details of the group they are responsible for on the day of an event. This is great role which allows you to encourage your groups to support each other. This person will also help with competitor isolation at some competitions.

Event Registration

Before any competition, the competitors must register and receive their competitor vest numbers; parents, guardians, coaches and squad leaders must sign-in if they wish to take photos and video; volunteer belayers and judges must register; so help on the registration desk is always required.

Belay Coordinator

At every competition there is a designated person who will conduct the belay breifings and skills-refresher checks, as well as take responsibility for the standard of belaying throughout the event. He or she also organises the volunteers to make sure they get adequate rests, food and drink and support if needed. We are usually looking for one person to take this role on for all the comps in a year, but we sometimes need additional help.

Competition Coordinator

The Competition Coordinator is responsible for the event on the day. They run the whole event, ensure the routes are all set and marked up for the relevent category, route-cards are completed for the judges, ensure the competitors know what they are doing and make all necessary announcements. The Coordinator is also the Chief Judge and conducts the volunteer judges briefing.

Volunteer Code of Conduct

Read our Volunteer Code of Conduct that explains our expectations for those who represent ClimbScotland and Mountaineering Scotland as volunteers. Without the amazing support of volunteers, ClimbScotland events like our Climbing Comps just wouldn't happen.

Contact Us

  • ClimbScotland Team: info@climbscotland.net

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