Adult Training (Spring ’16)

Contents:
Capitol Area Council’s Climbing and COPE training overview
COPE & Climbing Tracks
COPE & Climbing Training Schedule
Spring Training
Fees
Which course Track should I take?
Signup for a course
Maps to training Venues
Training Contact


Climbing Instructor Training Sponsored By Capitol Area Council B.S.A.

Climbing and Rappelling are among the few BSA activities which challenge and captivate the imagination of all ages. Austin is blessed with proximity to both man-made and natural climbing and rappelling resources. Dok’s Tower at LPSR is one of the finest climbing facilities in the US and the tallest in the state. Austin is in close proximity to Reimer’s Ranch, Enchanted Rock and various city parks where climbing is available. Capitol Area Council (CAC) Climbing Committee is offering the instructor course to satisfy the requirements of the BSA National Standards, Climb On Safely, and the Guide to Safe Scouting, while preparing individuals to supervise and facilitate these activities.

Training is delivered in modules.

The Climbing Instructor II module includes basic Instructor skills and the Dok’s Tower endorsement. This endorsement allows one to check out the tower for their unit. This is a hands-on course is structured to provide training in; activity planning, equipment, climbing, risk management, rappelling, rescue techniques, site operations and Leave No Trace. It also prepares the participant to take on the role of Lead Instructor.

The Climbing Instructor Level II with Natural Areas endorsement includes a full day at Enchanted Rock to solidify and demonstrate natural anchoring techniques & systems. Once complete and assessed by a CAC Climbing Director, the holder of a natural areas endorsement can check out the council’s climbing gear and get their unit out on to the rocks.

The COPE Instructor I module prepares you to conduct and facilitate COPE activities. Right now, the council desperately needs trained COPE facilitators. If you’re interested in even more detail on COPE Facilitator, go here.

As with other adventure programs, climbing and rappelling are challenge by choice. While BSA has an excellent safety record, there is inherent risk in climbing and rappelling which, with proper management, can be minimized.

Note: The CAC Climbing Committee is no longer supplying units with Instructors for climbing activities. Units wanting to use the tower or climbing gear should send at least one adult to this course.

Spring 2016 COPE & Climbing Training Program

The Capital Area Council Training Program consists of multiple tracks offering both Climbing and COPE training options. You can select one of Four (4) possible COPE & Climbing Training Tracks below:

COPE & CLIMBING TRAINING TRACKS

  • CC Track 1: Climbing (Tower/Wall Instructor Only) Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsements – Weeks 1, 2, & 3
  • CC Track 2: Climbing Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower & Natural Areas Endorsements – Weeks 1, 2, 3 (Week 3 at LPSR DOK’s Tower) & 4 (at Enchanted Rock)
  • CC Track 3: Natural Areas Endorsements Only – Prerequisite Climbing Instructor II Tower/Wall Only – Week 4
  • CC Track 4: COPE Instructor Level II (Prerequisite: Climbing instructor II Tower/Wall or Climbing Director) – Weeks 1-5


COPE & CLIMBING TRAINING SCHEDULE (bring bag lunch on Tower and Natural Area days unless otherwise specified by the lead trainer)

Spring Training Course Dates / Times & Venue

Week

Venue

Day – Date

Course Time

Comments
Week 1

Frank Fickett Center

Wednesday – 4/13/2016

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Climbing & COPE Level I Foundation

LPSR / DOK’s Tower

Saturday – 4/16/2016

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Climbing & COPE Level I Foundation

(Bring bag lunch)

Week 2

Frank Fickett Center

Wednesday – 4/20/2016

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Climbing and COPE Instructor Level II Foundation

Bull Creek Park

Saturday – 4/23/2016

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Climbing and COPE Instructor Level II Foundation(Intro to Real Rock / Natural Areas)

(Bring bag lunch)

Week 3

Frank Fickett Center

Wednesday – 4/27/2016

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Climbing and COPE Instructor Level II Foundation

LPSR / DOK’s Tower

Friday – 4/29/2016 (Climb)

Saturday –4/30/2016 (Climb/COPE)

Sunday – 5/1/2016 (COPE)

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Climbing Tower / Wall Instructor / COPE Level II – DOK’s Tower Specifics

(Meals TBD)

Week 4

Enchanted Rock (Climbing Instructor Level II Specifics)

Saturday – 5/7/2016

Sunday – 5/8/2016

7:00 AM – Sunset

7:00 AM – TBD

Climbing Instructor Level II Specifics / Real Rock / Natural Area Specifics

(Meals TBD)

Week 5

*GLSR (COPE Level I/II Specifics – Continued)

Friday – 5/20/2016

Sunday – 5/22/2016

Friday 6:00 PM

Through

Sunday 4:00 PM

COPE Instructor Level I/II Specifics

(Meals TBD)

Week 6

Enchanted Rock (Climbing Instructor Level II Specifics)

Saturday – TBD

7:00 AM – Sunset

Climbing Instructor Level II Specifics / Real Rock / Natural Area Specifics

A second day at Enchanted Rock may be scheduled (Date To Be Announced) for Track 2 or Track 3 participants unable to make E-Rock Day. This may also be made available to any Level II COPE/Climbing Instructors seeking the NA Endorsement.

(Bring bag lunch)

FEES – Cover course materials

  • CC Track 1: Climbing Instructor Level II (Tower / Wall Instructor Only) with DOK’s Tower Endorsement – $75.00
  • CC Track 2: Climbing Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower & Natural Areas Endorsements – $85.00
  • CC Track 3: Natural Areas Endorsements Only (Prerequisite Climbing Instructor II Tower/Wall) – $30.00 (not currently offered)
  • CC Track 4: COPE Instructor Level II (Prerequisite: Climbing Instructor II Tower/Wall or Climbing Director)– CAC Students – $75.00; Non-CAC Students – $100.00

***If you wish to complete both Climbing Level II training AND COPE Level II training, you must sign up and pay for Track 4 in addition to Track 1 or Track 2***

Which course Track should I take?

  • Track 1 – If you JUST want to take your unit climbing on DOK’s Tower at Lost Pines Scout Reservation (LPSR) select Track 1.
  • Track 2 – If you want the best of both climbing opportunities being able to use DOK’s Tower AND / OR take your unit climbing in natural areas (Reimer’s Ranch, Enchanted rock, etc…) and also be able to rent the CAC Natural Areas Climbing Gear select Track 2.
  • Track 3If you have already completed Climbing Instructor II training, and are current on maintaining your Tower/Wall qualification, this track will allow you to add the NA Endorsement to your qualification.
  • Track 4 – If you want to be a COPE Instructor Level II and be able to check out DOK’s Tower at Lost Pines Scout Reservation (LPSR) and be able to take your unit climbing in natural areas (Reimer’s Ranch, Enchanted rock, etc…) and also be able to rent the CAC Natural Areas Climbing Gear select Track 4.

Links to: When is it? Where is it? What do I need? Sign Me UP!

Venue / Location Information

Frank Fickett Scout Training & Service Center – North Interstate 35 Frontage Road Austin, TX 78753

Lost Pines Scout Reservation – 785 FM 1441 Bastrop, TX 78602

Griffith League Scout Ranch – 424 Oak Hill Cemetery Rd, Bastrop, TX

Bull Creek Park – Austin, TX 78731

For further information email or call our Training Sub-Committee Chair (Climbing), Eric Swenson(512)942-1763(512)942-1763