The Climbing Program is open to all individuals who are at least 14 years of age or 13 years old and completed 8th grade when they plan to participate in the program and Scout Leaders. All Scouts and leaders must have a current medical form.
The program’s emphasis is climbing and rappelling. The Climbing Program builds on basic team and individual skills developed under the COPE program.
Participants in the Climbing Program should anticipate that overnight stays will be in a backpacking/low impact format. Participants should plan to bring their own meals, cooking can be individual or by the patrol method. Participants will be requested to wear long pants on all Climbing activities, bring clothing and personal items appropriate for the season and weather conditions (insect repellent).
The start point for the Climbing Program is the gathering area in Challenge Valley, the High Adventure area of Camp Rainey Mountain. Here the participants will be issued helmets and harnesses, learn basic knots used in climbing, rope management skills, and learn belay skills. Climbing and rappelling skills will be practiced on the Tower in Challenge Valley and various natural rock sites.
The primary climbing site for the Climbing Program is located at Camp Rainey Mountain, Clayton, GA. This site is visible from the administration building and is known a “Big Rock”.
The end point for the Climbing Program is the gathering area in Challenge Valley. Here all participants will return helmets and climbing gear.
If you would like additional information on this program, send mail to Council Climbing Director
Medical Screening / Liability Release
All participants must complete and sign a Medical Screening/Liability Release
Several Climbing Weekends are scheduled from September through May each year.
Council Climbing Instructor Training weekends are regularly scheduled for individuals volunteering to joining the Council Climbing Team.
For more information: http://nega-bsa.org/resources/2012-climbing-weekend-registration/