The Bend Endurance Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Central Oregon with a mission to promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences. We emphasize teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility.
Founded in 2009, the Bend Endurance Academy currently features development programs for youth and juniors in Rock Climbing, Cycling and Nordic Skiing. In 2019, more than 900 people participated in our programs and participants ranged in age from 4 – 74 years of age.
We teach kids the joy of being active for life! Our coaches, program directors and board of directors are passionate about the organization and children. As an integral part of our community, we are parent partners and kid advocates who look after each other, cheer each other on and face adversity together.
Additionally, the Bend Endurance Academy is about inclusion. We think that sports should be accessible and affordable to all kids. We want to price our programs to cover our expenses and to help us grow, but not at the exclusion of families who cannot afford full tuition. Our pricing strategy is to be competitive with other youth programs and we offer scholarships and tuition assistance to families who need them.
We offer cross country ski programs for children and adults. Our shortest programs last only a few weeks where we introduce kids to the joys of moving over snow. We also offer a whole range of winter long programs for children and adults who want to improve their skiing efficiency and fitness in a supportive and fun atmosphere. We encourage anyone interested in Nordic skiing to give BEA a try.
The Academy’s many Mountain Bike Programs promote youth and junior development at the grassroots level, helping kids have fun on two wheels year-round. By creating teams where boys and girls can ride with their friends, learn from great coaches, explore new places to ride, travel together and receive training for competition, we are supporting the riders of the future.
Our Climbing Programs offer participants the opportunity to learn from some of the most seasoned climbing coaches in the US. Our competition team has routinely been one of the top 20 teams in the US and has fielded many Junior national Team Members. Our indoor programs operate in partnership with the Bend Rock Gym, which serves as our primary training facility for our teams. We also offer the unique option of outdoor climbing trips to world class Smith Rock State Park and other local crags.
Donating money to the Academy is a great way to support our mission.
Our programs charge tuition but we do not turn children away because of what they can afford. We run a very lean company with low overhead and use our resources efficiently. Business sponsorships, fundraisers and events are important for our success, but it is still individual donors — our families– who give the most!
Individuals may make tax-deductible donations because we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We also accept gear donations like bicycles, skis and other sport equipment that we use as loaners or provide to kids in need.
Businesses may sponsor the Academy, our vans, uniforms or one of our events.donate now