Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO
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Troop 21 - St Joseph, MO

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013...

COPE / Climbing Instructor Training for Troop 21 Leaders

Bonner Springs, KS (Camp Naish Scout Reservation) - Three adult leaders and one senior scout from Troop / Crew 21 headed off to Naish for a long weekend of intense training.  BSA Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) and Climbing Instructor Training (Level I) was the focus of the weekend.  The training started off on Friday evening and went late into the night learning climbing knots, equipment, safety gear,  rules, policies,  procedures, and standards pertaining to the BSA COPE and Climbing program as outlined by BSA National and the BSA National Camping School.  After a few hours of sleep, the training was full speed ahead with low COPE initiative training followed by a quick lunch.  Then it was off to high COPE training and learning the belay systems, high course rigging instruction, and then negotiating the high course.  With muscles burning and strained nerves, the students tested their resolve and verified that their rigging and knots met the standards to set up a safe and fun course.  40 ft. in the air suspended by a single rope makes for an excellent motivator for rigging everything to perfection.  

A dinner and some much needed relaxation for an hour was much appreciated before the next training block.  Off to the 55 ft. climbing tower to learn about climbing, emergency rigging, rappelling, etc.  Then as a first test, the students ran the climbing tower for the Powder Horn Course participants until late into the night.  Night climbing and rappelling to get the blood flowing for everyone involved.  The next morning started with an early breakfast and then back to the climbing tower for rope and knot testing, written test, and then up the tower for hands on rigging tests.  All students passed!  An excellent training event and a lot of important skills learned.  To complete the training, each student will return to Naish within the next four months for two separate scheduled COPE and Climbing events to run both COPE and Climbing programs under the guidance of a Level II instructor.  

The training was intense and not easy but everyone enjoyed the training and are proud to make the commitment to Troop / Crew 21 to provide our unit with the best trained adult and youth leaders in the Pony Express Council.  Climbing our way to the top is our tradition.  Climb On! 


Tonie Jones

Crew 21 / Troop 21

Crew Advisor / Scoutmaster


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