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Published on February 5, 2008

Author: Tommaso


YOUR LOCAL BSA INSTRUCTORS :  YOUR LOCAL BSA INSTRUCTORS Thank you for showing an interest in providing a safe climbing program to your troop or crew. Please use and follow the Climb on Safely Training Outline available on the BSA National Web site Review carefully so you can present this power point to your troop or crew and lets all Climb On Safely CLIMB ON! Slide2:  A Climbing Orientation For Adult Leaders and Scouts Climbing / Rappelling:  Climbing / Rappelling Young people are seeking greater challenges - climbing and rappelling offer a very worthy challenge Climbing merit badge introduced in 1997 Unit rappelling can be more dangerous if not for careful attention of qualified instructors Trained qualified climbing instructors give all technical direction An adult supervisor or unit leader works with instructor and is responsible for all matters outside climbing area Supervisors ensure Climb on Safely and Leave No Trace are followed Purpose of Climb on Safely:  Purpose of Climb on Safely Informs unit leaders of BSA procedures for organizing and managing a climbing and or rappelling activity Similar to Safe Swim, Safety Afloat and Trek Safely This training can be done at Roundtables, Summer Camp, or in conjunction with any troop or crew training programs Local Resources (for day or weekend climbing/rappelling outings):  Local Resources (for day or weekend climbing/rappelling outings) Obtaining Instructor services: Sport Chalet (Alpine Training Services) Nomad Ventures (For local AMGA guide listing) REI (suggested AMGA guides) Uprising Adventures (AMGA guides) Your council (local BSA qualified instructors) (Volunteer group of BSA instructors) Literature: Climb on Safely (#20-099b) found online at BSA National Website Climb on Safely Training Outline (#20-101a) Guide to Safe Scouting (#34416c) Climbing Merit Badge (#35001a) Topping Out: A BSA Climbing/Rappelling Manual (#3207A) Passport to High Adventure (#4310) Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Qualified Supervision (Unit Leaders):  Qualified Supervision (Unit Leaders) Mature and conscientious adult, 21 or over Accepts responsibility for safety of youth Committed to Climb on Safety's 8 points Two adults Min. per outing one 21+, and 1 adult 18+ for 1st 10 youth participants Plus 1 adult for every additional 10 youths One person (on site) with Standard First Aid and CPR training Wilderness-Aid recommended (If going to a remote area) EMT, LPN, RN, all highly recommended 2. Qualified Climbing Instructors:  2. Qualified Climbing Instructors CIEC requires a min. of 2 climbing instructors or directors on all climbing and/or rappelling outings One instructor for every 6 participants in climbing area One lead instructor 21 or over, plus one additional instructor 18 or over BSA instructors have completed a 3-day BSA Climbing qualification course for running program and have prior experience in top rope climbing. Instructor/director must adhere to Climb on Safely You may also use national or regionally recognized climbing organizations 3. Physical Fitness:  3. Physical Fitness Class 1 medical record (#34414) minimum A fitness regimen is recommended prior to outing (ask your instructor for specific exercises) Adapt supervision, discipline and precautions to individual health conditions If a significant health condition exists, an examination by a licensed health-care practitioner should be required by the adult supervisor before permitting participation in climbing or rappelling Inform the climbing instructor of any medical conditions before and at the beginning of the event 4. Safe Area:  4. Safe Area Qualified instructor surveys site in advance to determine area is safe, suitable for age, maturity and skill level Use established site or facility Area must safely accommodate number of participants, traffic in and around area, and onlookers Troop must have emergency plan & evacuation route prior to start of activity 5. Equipment :  5. Equipment Must use proper equipment for size and ability of scouts Helmets, rope and hardware approved by UIAA,CEN (CE), or ASTM (labeled for climbing) All equipment must be acquired new by troop (with records kept) or be provided by instructor Directors/instructors keep all records on all personal and group climbing equipment All equipment checked by instructors prior to use 6. Planning:  6. Planning Written parental consent specific for climbing/rappelling Inform parents/committee of Climbing/rappelling plan Severe weather alternate plans Phone with alternative plans for return Secure permits for public and private land if needed Use qualified climbing instructors Develop emergency plan with map and numbers Cell phones or radios are suggested (check reception prior to activity) Tour Permit:  Tour Permit Your name and COS date here Your CPR trained adult With expiration date here 7. Environmental Conditions:  7. Environmental Conditions All in attendance are responsible for monitoring Loose rock Poisonous plants Wildlife Weather Buddy system monitors for Dehydration Hypothermia Unusual fear/apprehension All are responsible to Leave No Trace 8. Discipline:  8. Discipline Participants — know, understand, and respect rules and procedures Teach before the outing Teach the reason why Review immediately prior to the activity Follow instructor’s directions If problems arise instructors must be strict and fair showing no favoritism Summary:  Summary 1. Qualified supervision 2. Qualified instructors 3. Physical fitness 4. Safe area for course 5. Equipment 6. Planning 7. Environmental conditions 8. Discipline Slide16:  Bouldering no higher than the climber’s shoulder height, with trained adult spotters Climbing at a gym or portable wall with age appropriate instruction and equipment All climbers belayed by an adult No rappelling by Cub Scouts Weblos can rappel with adult belayer on age appropriate route Age Appropriate Guidelines CUB SCOUTS and WEBLOS A climbing gym is highly recommended for these age groups Age Appropriate Guidelines BOY SCOUTS, VARSITY SCOUTS, AND VENTURERS:  Age Appropriate Guidelines BOY SCOUTS, VARSITY SCOUTS, AND VENTURERS Bouldering no higher than climber’s shoulder, with 2 trained spotters 6 foot maximum All climbing top-roped with trained belayers All rappelling with trained belayers Boy Scouts can belay with training and back up Units that elect to participate in Lead, snow or ice climbing should use a nationally recognized organization CONCLUSION:  Every parent has the expectation that their son (or daughter) will come home safely We all hope you will help us keep you and yours safe while challenging your strengths and abilitys BSA requests that units and instructors know and adhere to all principles of Climb on Safely on all bouldering, climbing and rappelling activities Thank You Any questions? CONCLUSION

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