Lake Erie Council - Level 2 Climbing Instructor Training

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Level 2 Climbing Instructor Training

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Learn the ropes to facilitate Unit & Council-level climbing programs for your Scouts! Provide training for people who are interested in teaching Scouts how to climb and rappel at the Unit or Council level. This group might include those interested in becoming Climbing Merit Badge Counselors, Camp Staff and Scouters.

This is a highly-skilled training to become a BSA-qualified Level II Climbing Instructor. This qualifies you to join our Council Climbing & COPE program staff, and help run our safe and exciting outdoor top-roped rock climbing and rappelling programs. You will learn the skills required to supervise and teach basic climbing fun, to select and rig a rock climbing site, and to take Scouts climbing and rappelling on rock crags! Level II Climbing Instructors are also allowed to run their unit climbing activities at Whipps Ledges and our Lake Erie Council Scout Camps with a familiarization course at each camp.

Topics include: Gear inspection and management, Ground School, Site Selection, Bolted and Natural Anchor System Rigging, and Emergency Procedures.

Qualification as a Level II Climbing Instructor depends on your performance during training, and on individual evaluations at future site familiarizations.

(NOTE: Candidates from other Councils should verify that this program meets their Council’s Climbing Instructor staff requirements.)

Note that at all climbing, belaying, and rappelling exercises and activities, someone with certification in First Aid/CPR/AED from the American Red Cross (or equivalent) must be present (Take our course!)


  • Classroom Work: Eagle Lodge at Camp Manatoc, Peninsula, OH
  • Practical Work: Whipps Ledges, Hinckley, OH


  • Friday, May 3 at 6:30pm to May 5 at 12pm

Meals and overnight cabin are included!


The goal of this program is to qualify leaders who already know the basics of climbing and rappelling. We will not have time to teach basic how-to belay, climb & rappel in this class. As a prerequisite, you will need basic climbing skills that you can get from a climbing gym, or by climbing with a qualified friend or instructor.

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must have completed Climbing Level 1 Instructor Training (take our course!)
    • If you have a recently expired Level 1 or Level 2 certification, you may test of out of re-taking the Level 1Training
  • BSA-registered adult (See to register)
  • Take BSA Climb On Safely Training online (
  • Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, including Part C (see attachments)
  • Competence in basic climbing skills as found in BSA Climbing Merit Badge requirements 5, 7-11


  • If you have ropes and equipment you intend to use at future scout events, you must bring all such equipment and corresponding logs for inspection.
  • Required equipment:
    • Webbing (for Swiss Seat: 20’ to 30’ of 1” tubular webbing)
    • CEN, UIAA or NFPA-approved Figure Eight, or other belay/rappel device
    • Two Locking Carabineers
    • Climbing Helmet
    • Pair of Leather Gloves
    • Rope to demonstrate knots
  • Optional Equipment (including equipment logs)
    • Climbing Harness
    • Two 5’ to 8’ lengths of 6 mm nylon climbing accessory cord for Prusik loops
    • Two 5’ to 8’ lengths of 6 mm nylon climbing accessory cord for Prusik loops
    • 2-4 locking carabiners (we recommend oval or D style aluminum screw-lock)
    • Climbing Shoes
  • Classroom Supplies
    • Bring a 3 ring binder for handouts
    • Notepad
    • Pencil/Pen
  • Fee includes all meals on Saturday & Sunday breakfast
  • Tent sites are available by cabin (bring your own gear)

All other gear will be provided by the Directors (ropes, anchors, carabineers, etc.)

Event Cost

  • Early-Bird Rate: $50 (if paid by April 1, 11:59pm)
  • Regular Rate: $65
  • Late Registration Rate: $80 (if paid after registration closes on April 28, 11:59pm)
  • Staff Fee: $20 for food (contact an instructor if you are interested in serving as part of the staff)

Minimum of six students
Maximum of 30 students


When & Where
Camp Manatoc & Whipps Ledges
Camp Manatoc
Friday 05-03-2019 6:30 PM ET to
Sunday 05-05-2019 12:00 PM ET Past
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