Climb On Safely Adult

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I would like to know if I can borrow this presentation "Climb on Safely" for our BSA Venturing leaders. I think it is well done.

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Climb On Safely: 

Climb On Safely


Reminder to instructors: Check the notes pages of this presentation for the text of the Climb On Safely, #20-099 This is a “hidden slide” and will not show in the presentation.

What is Climb on Safely?: 

It is the BSA recommended procedure for organizing climbing and rappelling activities at all levels of the Scouting program - from Tiger Cubs to Venturing. Climb On Safely applies to all sites, whether fixed or portable. For council and district (Multi Units) climbing and rappelling activities, the Climbing/Rappelling National Standards (current year), No. 20-102, must be followed. What is Climb on Safely?

Why have This?: 

The increased interest in climbing and rappelling has made BSA more aware of the inherent risks of climbing and rappelling. More accidents occur during unit rappelling than during council-managed climbing or rappelling, and more accidents have occurred during rappelling than climbing. Can we prevent accidents? Yes, Many climbing/rappelling accidents could be avoided by having qualified instruction from a conscientious adult who has the attention and respect of the youth entrusted to his or her care. Why have This?

What is the Purpose?: 

Climb On Safely was designed to help adult leaders organize a climbing and rappelling program for their unit, similar to Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. It was not designed to teach leaders how to instruct BSA youth in the skills of climbing and/or rappelling. Scouting is responsible to provide for the safety of those participating in climbing/rappelling activities. The Climb On Safely program was designed to promote safety and help prevent accidents. AND What is the Purpose?


There are 8 points to Climb On Safely

1. Qualified Supervision: 

1. Qualified Supervision Mature and conscientious adult, 21 or over Accepts responsibility for safety of youth Committed to Climb On Safely procedure Two adults (one 21+ & one 18+), plus 1 adult / additional 10 youth One person ARC Standard First Aid / CPR ARC's Emergency Response, a 43 1/2 hours course that includes CPR EMT, LPN, RN, etc. OK

1. Qualified Supervision: 

Is that you? 1. Qualified Supervision

2. Qualified Instructors: 

Is that anybody that has a rope? Cowboys use rope. 2. Qualified Instructors

2. Qualified Instructors: 

Or maybe someone that has had some training 2. Qualified Instructors

2. Qualified Instructors: 

2. Qualified Instructors Over 21 Completed 10 hours instructor training BSA climbing instructor Nationally / regionally recognized organization Climbing school College-level climbing / rappelling course You must have one qualified instructor for ever six climbing participants.

3. Physical Fitness: 

Adjust your program to your youth. You have some that are active and 3. Physical Fitness

3. Physical Fitness: 

Participants need to have a Personal Health and Medical Record - Class 2 or 3 for any climbing activity lasting longer than 72 hours. When accidents occur, they frequently are related to unknown physical conditions or are the unexpected result of some known physical problem. Climbing requires the person in charge to review the medical record for each participant. Good safety requires an understanding of the risks of any individual health conditions. Inform the climbing instructor of medical conditions 3. Physical Fitness

4. Safe Area: 

What is a safe area? Underneath a truck? 4. Safe Area

4. Safe Area: 

What is a safe area? Underneath a truck? 4. Safe Area

4. Safe Area: 

4. Safe Area Established / developed site or facility Qualified instructor survey in advance Determine suitability for age, maturity, skill Safely accommodate the number of participants Identify emergency evacuation route in advance

5. Equipment : 

5. Equipment Proper equipment for size and ability Helmets, rope and hardware approved by UIAA, CEN, or ASTM and designed for climbing. Equipment new or instructor provided Keep records on each equipment item Ropes and webbing Discard after three hard falls Discard after four years Helmets and Harnesses Discard after 7 years Wear a helmet when more than Shoulder height above ground

6. Planning: 

6. Planning Written parental consent for climbing/rappelling Inform parents / committee of Climbing / rappelling plan Severe weather alternate plan Other alternative plans Secure permits for public and private land Use a qualified climbing instructor Instructor has topo map and weather briefing Cell phone or radio is suggested

6. Planning: 

Why do you need Planning? Who should do the Planning? 6. Planning

6. Planning: 

Why do you need Planning? Who should do the Planning? Should it be written in stone? 6. Planning

7. Environmental Conditions: 

7. Environmental Conditions

7. Environmental Conditions: 

7. Environmental Conditions Instructor responsible for monitoring Loose rock Poisonous plants Wildlife Weather Buddy system monitor Dehydration Hypothermia Unusual fear / apprehension Leave No Trace

8. Discipline: 

8. Discipline Participants — know, understand, respect rules and procedures Teach before the outing Review immediately prior to the activity Teach the reason why Follow instructor’s directions Be strict and fair

8 points to Climb On Safely: 

8 points to Climb On Safely Qualified Supervision Physical Fitness Equipment Environmental Conditions Qualified Instructors Safe Area Planning Discipline

Climbing / Rappelling: 

Climbing / Rappelling Great challenge — great accomplishment Climbing merit badge Unit rappelling is more dangerous Unit leaders reinforce following directions Climbing instructors give technical direction Good climbers may not be good instructors


Resources SHAC Climbing Committee Instructors — BSA, NOLS, AMGA Topping Out: A BSA Climbing/Rappelling Manual (#3207) Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Passport to High Adventure (#4310)

Training Available from SHAC Council: 

Training Available from SHAC Council Tower Topping Out Course - (Approximate cost $45.00, No experience required, Camp Hamman) Real Rock Course - (Approximate cost $20.00, Prerequisite – Tower, Enchanted Rock) Rescue Days - (Free , Camp Strake)

What does it take for my Troop to go climbing?: 

1. Qualified Supervision 2. Qualified Instructor(s) 3. Someone certified in American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR 4. Adults trained in Climb On Safely What does it take for my Troop to go climbing?

What else?: 

Before any BSA group can engage in any climbing/rappelling activity, adult leaders for the activity must have an appreciation for the potential hazards they might encounter and should be sure steps are taken to reduce risks. Adherence to the eight points of Climb On Safely will help units avoid significant risks. What else?

Can I give this training to my Troop?: 

YES, Training in Climb On Safely can be conducted by anyone who has an interest in climbing or rappelling; it does not require a skilled climber or rappeller. Training for Climb On Safely should not include skills training and therefor it should not be done at a climbing/rappelling site or facility. Can I give this training to my Troop?


Units that elect to participate in lead climbing and snow and ice climbing should receive training from a nationally recognized organization that trains climbing and rappelling instructors. All council and district climbing must be top-roped.


Recommendations Special training for: Lead climbing Snow and ice climbing Top-rope all council / district activities Cub / Webelos Scouts are encouraged Normally climbing gym Age-appropriate instruction Size-appropriate equipment



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