We are currently planning our Next Training Class!
Training classes are typically offered in the Spring, Summer (during summer camp weeks) and Fall. We should have the details of the next training posted soon.
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.
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 Instructor Level I
- Climbing Tower / Wall Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsement
- Climbing Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsement & Natural Area Endorsement
- COPE Instructor Level I / Climbing Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsement & Natural Area Endorsement
- CC Track 1: COPE Instructor Level I – Weeks 1, 2, 3 (Saturday Only) & 4 * (Week 4 at GLSR)
- CC Track 2: CLIMBING Tower / Wall Instructor Only Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsements – Weeks 1, 2, & 3
- CC Track 2a: CLIMBING Tower / Wall Instructor Only Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsements – 5 consecutive Days during a LPSR Summer camp week.
- CC Track 3 CLIMBING Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower & Natural Area Endorsements – Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4 * (Week 4 at Enchanted Rock)
- CC Track 4: COPE Instructor Level 1 & Climbing Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower, Natural Areas & Endorsements – Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 (Week 4 at GLSR) & 5 (Week 5 at Enchanted Rock)
- CC Track 5: Natural Areas Endorsements Only – 2 Day Weekend at Enchanted Rock (Prerequisite: Completion of Climbing Instructor Level II training) – “Week 4” at Enchanted Rock
- CC Track 1: COPE Instructor Level I – $40.00
- CC Track 2: Climbing Tower / Wall Instructor Only Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsements – $95.00
- CC Track 2a: Summer Camp training Session – Climbing Tower / Wall Instructor Only Level II with DOK’s Tower Endorsements – $40.00
- CC Track 3: Climbing Instructor Level II with DOK’s Tower & Natural Areas Endorsements – $95.00
- CC Track 4: COPE Instructor Level I & Climbing Instructor II with DOK’s Tower, Natural Areas Endorsements – $95.00
- CC Track 5: Natural Areas Endorsements Only (after completing Track 2 above)- $30.00
- Track 1 – If you just want to be a COPE Instructor Level I take Track 1.
- Track 2 or Track 2a– If you JUST want to take your unit climbing on DOK’s Tower at Lost Pines Scout Reservation (LPSR) select Track 2.
- Track 3 – 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 3.
- Track 4 – The COPE Instructor Level 1 training is the same for both Track 1 and 4. Track 3 adds Climbing which includes both DOK’s Tower Specifics and Natural Area / Real Rock anchor systems required for a Climbing Instructor Level II Endorsement.
- Track 5 – The Natural Areas Only training is intended for those students who have successfully completed the Climbing Instructor II Training course during the Spring or Summer training sessions, but currently lack the Natural Areas Endorsement.