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Climbing Instructor Course

New Birth of Freedom Council will be running a Climbing Instructor class over two weekends for registered adults aged 18 years and older.

The cost of the course will be $40 per participant to cover the cost of food, materials, and facilities for both weekends. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Successful completion of both classes will result in issuance of a Climbing Instructor Level I certificate, good for 1 year. Students 21 years and older can earn a provisional Level II certificate, pending approval of our program by the BSA National Climbing Task Force.

What to bring

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
  • Prepare for camping (sleeping pad, sleeping bag, mess kit, rain gear, flashlight, camping chairs, etc).
  • A personal tent (required for weekend 2).
  • 2 water bottles (32 oz or larger) and day packs to carry food and gear to the site for the day.
  • Climbing appropriate clothing: includes well-fitting shoes, pants and shirts that don’t restrict movement and appropriate for the weather.
  • Optional to bring: personal climbing harness, personal climbing helmet, climbing shoes, leather gloves for rappelling
  • Do not bring: personal climbing ropes, slings, tethers, or webbing.
  • Meals will be included.

Class Descriptions

Climbing – Foundations: Friday, September 29 at 7:00pm – Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 5:00pm @ Hidden Valley Scout Reservation (Rotary Lodge)

This course includes a mix of classroom and hands-on instruction and is structured to provide training in activity planning, risk management, site operations, safety, rescue techniques, equipment, belaying, climbing, and rappelling. This training prepares the student to run the Tower at HVSR or other artificial surfaces, teach the Climbing merit badge, and participate as an instructor in future classes.

Climbing – Natural Site: Friday, October 6 at 7:00pm – Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 5:00pm @ Pine Grove Furnace State Park

This course expands on the foundations from the prior weekend and prepares the participant to deliver Climbing and Rappelling events in a natural environment. This course focuses heavily on natural site considerations and anchoring techniques.



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