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Climbing Instructor Course

The New Birth of Freedom Council will be offering Climbing/COPE  Instructor training courses over two weekends (October 19-21 and November 2-4) at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation for volunteers, particularly for those individuals who have an interest in staffing council-level climbing events.  Class size is limited to 12 participants both weekends.

COPE & Climbing Foundations will be offered October 19-21 at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. 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 Climbing Tower at Camp Tuckahoe & Hidden Valley Scout Reservation or other artificial surfaces, teach the Climbing merit badge, and participate as an instructor in future classes. It is intended that participants who successfully complete this class will receive Climbing Level 1 certification.

Climbing – Natural Site will be held November 2-4 at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. This course expands on the foundations from the prior weekend and prepares the participant to deliver Climbing and Rappelling events in a natural environment. We will base-camp at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and hike to the climb on Saturday and Sunday. This course focuses heavily on natural site considerations and anchoring techniques. Prerequisite: COPE & Climbing Foundations class or current (within 6 months) COPE or Climbing L1 certificate. It is intended that participant who successfully complete this class will receive Climbing Level 2 certification.

Additional details for each week are available on the event registration page (please see link below).

The cost for each weekend course is $50 (total of $100 for both weekends).  All registration fees paid are non-refundable. 

For more information contact Director of Camping Todd Weidner at todd.weidner@scouting.org or by phone at (717) 502-4190 or COPE & Climbing Committee Chair Jeff Campbell at jeff@jelaryma.org.

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