Patriots’ Path Council (PPC) Climbing Instructor (CI) Training


Highly skilled, outdoor hands-on program covering PPC Level II Climbing Instructor (CI) trainingBy completing this training, you will be a qualified Level I CI and can help Level II CIs run exciting rock climbing programs!  With practice and proficiency, you can return for an evaluation to become a Level II CIClick here for the flyer.  

In BSA, a Level II CI works with another CI to set up rope and webbing around boulders and trees (or bolts and chains) to create a safe, top-roped rock climbing area.  The CIs then run climbing programs that anyone can enjoy!

Topics include gear inspection and management, knots and rigging, site selection and safety, teaching skills, ground school, running program, and emergency procedures.

CIs are encouraged to return and practice their skills at any PPC monthly Sunday Scout Leader Intro to Climbing (SLIC) session.  After developing your proficiency, you may schedule a one-day written and practical Level II CI evaluation on any date of one of our monthly Sunday SLIC sessions.  By BSA’s Climb On Safely rules, a unit who has a Level II CI and one other CI can have unit-run climbing outings at any suitable rock face such as  Allamuchy State Park (Stanhope), Rick’s Rocks (Blairstown) or Ralph Stover State Park (Buck’s County, PA).

Qualification is good for two years from evaluation with records of active instruction (CI logbook).  Re-qualification is done by presenting a CI logbook and retaking the one-day written and practical evaluation.

To bring Scouts climbing at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation (MASR), Level II CIs must present their CI logbook, an inventory and inspection record for each piece of their gear being used at MASR, and arrange one additional evaluation with council climbing program staff.  This council staff evaluation also qualifies Level II CIs to help as paid staff and run council climbing programs at MASR for units without their own CIs and gear.

(NOTE: Non-PPC participants should verify that this training meets their Council’s CI staff requirements.)


When, where:

Intro Sunday:  March 19, 2017, Sunday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.  

Meet at the COPE pavilion, MASR, 750 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, NJ 07874

Training Weekend:  April 7-9, 2017, Friday 6 p.m. through Sunday 5 p.m.    

Meet at the Kent Center, Camp Wheeler, MASR

All training is based at MASR.  Meals and overnight cabin are included.


Participants need to have indoor or outdoor experience with climbing and rappelling.  You will need basic skills that you can get from a climbing gym, or by climbing with a qualified friend or instructor, or by participating in any of our open climbing events such as monthly Sunday SLIC.  The prerequisites are:

  1. BSA registered adult.  (See to register.)
  2. Take BSA Climb On Safely (COS) training on-line. ( Bring proof to class.
  3. Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record, including Part C.  Bring a copy to class. 
  4. Minimum 21 years old (Minimum 18 years old with prior approval and space available)
  5. Competence in basic climbing skills as found in BSA Climbing merit badge requirements 5, 7-11.  Essentially, you need to have done 3 climbs, 3 rappels, belay someone on 3 routes (climbing and rappelling), be proficient at BSA commands, and be able to tie figure-eight (on a bight and follow-through), grapevine (double fisherman) and webbing water knots.
  6. Bring your own commercial or tied webbing climbing harness, climbing helmet, leather palmed gloves.

                  Items 1 – 5 are mandatory.  Item 6 is strongly recommended. 

Registration: Contact John Dorn at 973-765-9322, ext. 238 or e-mail Cost is $95 to cover program materials, food and cabin.  Program is limited to the first 12 candidates.  After registering, candidates will receive e-mail with more instructions.  Sessions are held spring and fall with a minimum of 4 candidates.  For training questions or more details, contact: Larry Borshard, (c) 973-945-0291, or e-mail .