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 Academy currently features development programs for youth and juniors in Rock Climbing, Cycling, and youth, juniors and adults in Nordic Skiing. In 2016-17 BEA served nearly 1,000 individuals in our programs. Our youngest participants start at 4 and our oldest was in their 70s. The Academy operates in the Deschutes National Forest under a Special Use Permit from the US Forest Service and in partnership with the Bend Rock Gym, Meissner Nordic and many local businesses.
BEA’s coaches, program directors and board directors are passionate about the organization and about mentoring and coaching kids of all ages. We are about inclusion. We believe that sports should be accessible and affordable to all kids. BEA prices programs to cover our expenses and to help us grow, but not at the exclusion of families who cannot afford full tuition. We are an integral part of our community, and emphasize civic engagement and environmental stewardship – helping with trail maintenance, volunteering at a community benefit, for example – as well as learning, training and competing in sport.