Safety Moment | Climbing, Rappelling, Ice Climbing/Mountaineering, and Technical Canyoneering

 

Young people today seek challenges. Climbing, rappelling, ice climbing/mountaineering and technical canyoneering offer them worthy opportunities to learn new skills, test themselves and have a terrific time. It is hard to top the satisfaction of climbing a rock face, rappelling down a steep pitch or navigating a 75-foot rappel in the confines of a narrow canyon only 4 feet wide and a thousand feet below the rim of a slick rock canyon. There are inherent risks to each of these activities. For this reason, the Boy Scouts of America and the Great Salt Lake Council have developed specific policies to help keep participants safe during these activities. That is why we want the leaders and youth of our council to understand the principles of  “Know Risk… not No Risk!”

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The council offers climbing activities.  Climbing is offered at Bear Lake Aquatic Base, Hinckley Scout Ranch, Camp Steiner and Camp Tracy. Registration for these camps can be made through the council web page: www.saltlakescouts.org/camps/

 

Climb On Safely:

It is recommended that all Scout leaders complete the online Climb On Safely course found at my.scouting.org/ All Scout leaders should commit to following the 8 points of Climb On Safely.

 

Qualified Supervision, Qualified Instructors, Physical Fitness, Safe Area

Equipment, Planning, Environmental Conditions, Discipline

 

All unit climbing, rappelling, ice climbing/mountaineering and technical canyoneering activities must adhere to, but not limited to, the following:

1. All participants must fill out parts A, B and C of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record form.

2. Units must have a minimum of two appropriately trained and approved instructors.

3. All participants must wear UIAA, CEN or ASTM approved rock-climbing helmets with chinstraps.

 

To locate an instructor contact:

Brandt Jones, GSLC COPE and Climbing Committee Chairman: 801-712-9298 or brandt.jones@hsc.utah.edu. You can, also, make a request by joining and posting a meetup at: www.meetup.com/GSLC-BSA-Climbing-Instructors/

 

The Great Salt Lake Council has qualified instructors willing to take your unit climbing, rappelling, ice climbing/mountaineering or technical canyoneering. These instructors also teach the Climbing Merit Badge.

 Become a BSA Climbing Instructor:

The Council offers a climbing Level I instructor courses in both the spring and fall of each year.

Information can be found on the Council climbing web page at:    www.saltlakescouts.org/climbing

 

Resources

BSA COPE and Climbing web. Page: www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/cope/

The Great Salt Lake Unit Policy for Climbing, Rappelling, Canyoneering, Ice Climbing/Mountaineering, and Caving Activities (Found on the Council climbing web page, www.saltlakescouts.org/climbing

Brandt Jones, GSLC COPE and Climbing Committee Chairman: 801-712-9298 or brandt.jones@hsc.utah.edu


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