Climbing Instructor Training
Climbing Instructor Level I
April 22, 2023
Mountain Bayou Scout Camp
8am - 5pm
Under the supervision of a Level 2 Climbing Instructor or Climbing Director, Level 1 Climbing Instructors can:
- teach the Climbing Merit Badge,
- conduct Climb On Safely training programs for adult leaders, and
- instruct youth in climbing and rappelling using council owned towers under the BSA program.
The Evangeline Area Council Council Climbing Program Committee/Staff, working within the BSA program structure, use Council-owned climbing equipment and facilities, and are covered under the BSA insurance program. Climbing Instructor Level I training must be renewed annually with ongoing participation in Council climbing activities.
Completion of this course allows participation at Council owned climbing tower events. It’s a great way to learn about climbing and conducting youth group climbing events, improve your rigging and climbing skills, and serve the community by introducing youth to a challenging sport. You must be 18 to be carded as a Level 1 Climbing Instructor, but youth 16 and over can be carded as a Level 1 Instructor in Training.
Creature Comforts: Bunk in the cabin (bring your own pillow and sleeping bag) on Friday night, or bring a tent if you prefer.
What to bring: All equipment is provided, but you may bring your own helmet, harness, and climbing shoes.
Lunch is not provided. Please bring a sack lunch with you to the training.
What You’ll Learn:
- Equipment and cordage inspection, marking, care, storage, and retirement;
- Climbing, rappelling, bouldering, spotting, belaying, and belay commands;
- Climbing knots (water knot, figure 8 follow-through, double fisherman’s knot, Prusik, alpine butterfly, Munter hitch/mule knot) and how and when to use them;
- Anchoring systems and belay anchor construction for climbing towers;
- Good safety practices, including age-appropriate activity levels for youths;
- Leave No Trace policies for Climbing;
- Intro to program administration- BSA National Standards, teaching skills, climbing event planning and coordination, development of emergency plans, and climbing program record-keeping
For More information regarding our Climbing Program contact:
Jason Miller, Climbing. Committee Chair
Mike Watts, COPE/Climbing Director