COPE and Climbing Instructor Training

Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) and Climbing Instructors are volunteers who are trained to deliver programs involving climbing, rappelling, vertical caving, and other high ropes elements, as well as bouldering and balance sports (slacklining, crate stacking) and Climbing Merit Badge instruction. Training for these instructor positions are held in-person at AAC Scout Camps.  Group events of this type contribute to skill level development, teamwork, group cohesiveness, and leadership development in Scouts and Adults, and are often used to develop group cohesion prior to a High Adventure evet (Philmont, Seabase, Northern Tier, Summit, etc.). This all starts with trained leaders.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. CPR/AED/First Aid through Red Cross* is required prior to receiving your Instructor Cards, you can find upcoming opportunities for this certification at CPR Saturday or on the Red Cross website.. Graduates of this training will be able to staff Climbing/COPE events at AAC camps, and offsite, under the supervision of a Level 2 Climbing/COPE Instructor or a Climbing/COPE Director. Cost includes course materials and meals.

*Red Cross certifications done fully online do not meet the requirements. In-Person and Blended Learning trainings do meet the requirements.

All participants for both courses are required to bring their current BSA health form. In addition, the following forms are required:

  • Parental Informed Consent Form - see Annual Health & Medical Record
  • Release / Hold Harmless - see Annual Health & Medical Record

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