Climbing Instructor Training
Climbing Instructor Training
hosted by the Del-Mar-Va Council, BSA
Oct. 25-26, 2013
(Session 1): Basics, tower operations;
Nov. 1-2, 3023
Natural rock operations;
Nov. 8-9, 2013 (Session 3): Lead Instructor/Advanced
All sessions are Friday, 7 PM - Saturday,
Cost is $35 per session
Online registration at
Under the supervision
of a Level 2 Climbing Instructor, Level 1 Climbing Instructors can teach
Climbing Merit Badge, conduct Climb On Safely training programs for adult
leaders, and instruct youth in climbing and rappelling on natural rock,
climbing towers, or climbing gyms, under the BSA program.
Del-Mar-Va Council Climbing Program Staff,
working within the BSA program structure, use Council-owned climbing equipment
and facilities and some off-site natural rock sites, and are covered under the
BSA insurance program.
The training can
be renewed annually with ongoing participation in Council climbing activities.
Session 1 should be taken first; completion
allows participation at Council owned climbing towers.
Session 2 expands the participant's skills to
include natural rock rigging and operations.
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
Completion of all
three sessions is required for a Lead Climbing Instructor card (to be called
Level 2 Instructor starting in 2014).
LCIs/Level 2 Instructors learn additional/advanced techniques and
2 Instructors can direct the activities of Level 1 Instructors as event
organizers (initially under the oversight of a more experienced Level 2).
LCI/Level 2 training is current for 2 or 3
years, and can be renewed as necessary with continued participation.
must be 21 to be carded as a Lead Climbing Instructor/Level 2 Instructor.
Our instruction is
all skills based.
If you come in with
significant climbing background, you may advance through skills assessments
If you are new to climbing, you
may need some hands-on time at climbing events to develop, demonstrate, and
The Sessions should be
taken in sequence, but you don't need to take all three in one season.
We expect to offer all 3 Sessions each year,
so you can sequence at a pace that makes sense for you.
$35/session to cover material duplication
costs, meals, facility and equipment use, and other supplies.
If you are not
already a registered member of BSA, you will need to complete a form at the
first evening session and pay a $15 fee to join.
You will also need to complete a BSA
medical form (doctor signature is not required-fill it out and attach a copy
of your last physical exam from a physician).
Click the link on the online registration page for this form.
sessions are held at Camp Rodney near North East, MD, about 45 minutes west of
Wilmington, DE, 400 Rodney Scout Road, North East, MD (driving directions are
Session 2 Friday evening will be at Camp Rodney and
at Rocks State
Park (45 minutes west of Camp Rodney)
on November 2, for an all day session on the rocks.
the cabin (bring your own pillow and sleeping bag) on Friday night, or bring a
tent if you prefer.
We provide a
"cracker barrel” type snack Friday evening, and a simple breakfast and lunch
We keep the food simple so
we can spend more time on climbing.
What to bring:
equipment is provided, but you may bring your own helmet, harness, and climbing
Bring a hot beverage cup, 1 or 2 refillable
water bottles, a short piece of climbing rope or accessory cord, and a length
of 1” tubular webbing if you have it, and a pencil/pen.
and cordage inspection, marking, care, storage and retirement;
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;
systems and belay anchor construction for natural rock and for climbing
safety practices, including age-appropriate activity levels for youths;
No Trace policies for Climbing;
to program administration- BSA National Standards, teaching skills,
climbing event planning and coordination, development of emergency plans,
and climbing program record-keeping (Lead/Level 2);
Working ahead: You should study ahead by doing the following:
· Study the Climb On Safely, BSA Project COPE and Climbing/Rappelling National Standards. These documents are also available in electronic form on the DelMarVa Council Climbing Team’s website, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dmvcclimb/ .·
Knots: Go to http://www.animatedknots.com, and learn the climbing knots indicated above. Things will go much faster if you prepare in advance of arrival.
Other Questions? Contact Terry Bliss, BSA Climbing Program Manager, 678-361-6904 (cell) or email at email@example.com. A more complete syllabus/agenda is available.