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					Climb On
 Safely



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     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



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             Resources
Instructors — NOLS, WEA, AMGA, REI, EMS,
Mountaineers, universities, Project Adventure
Topping Out: A BSA Climbing/Rappelling
Manual (#3207)
Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
Passport to High Adventure (#4310)



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        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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                  Overview
Qualified supervision
Qualified instructors
Physical fitness
Safe area or course
Equipment
Planning
Environmental conditions
Discipline

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     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+), plus 1 adult / additional 10
youth
One person ARC Standard First Aid / CPR
  “Help is Delayed” module desired
  EMT, LPN, RN, etc. OK

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    2. Qualified Instructors
Over 21
Completed 10 hours instructor training
  BSA climbing instructor
  Nationally / regionally
  recognized organization
  Climbing school
  College-level climbing /
   rappelling course

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       3. Physical Fitness
Class 1 medical record (#34414) minimum
Adapt supervision, discipline and
precautions to individual health conditions
Require a physical if problems are identified
Inform the climbing instructor of medical
conditions



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               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


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           5. Equipment
Proper equipment for size and ability
Helmets, rope and hardware approved
 by UIAA, CEN, or ASTM
Equipment new or instructor provided
Keep records on each equipment item
   Discard after three hard falls
   Discard after four years
Wear a helmet when more than six
feet above ground
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              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
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7. Environmental Conditions
Instructor responsible for monitoring
   Loose rock
   Poisonous plants
   Wildlife
   Weather
Buddy system monitor
   Dehydration
   Hypothermia
   Unusual fear / apprehension
Supervisor — Leave No Trace
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            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


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                  Summary
Qualified supervision
Qualified instructors
Physical fitness
Safe area or course
Equipment
Planning
Environmental conditions
Discipline

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Questions?




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