Climbing/Rappelling Clinics

    Join us @ Camp Falling Rock
    12637 Houdeshell Rd.
    Newark, OH 43055

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    May 19-21, 2017
    Sept 15-17, 2017


    Both weekends – Friday 7 pm – Sunday 3 pm


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    Contact Angie Styer at 614-843-0279 or for additional information.

    About the Program


    • To produce qualified and responsible leadership for BSA rappelling activities
    • To help young scouts and novices learn safe and proper rappelling techniques


    • To promote safe rappelling in Scouting
    • To develop qualified leaders
    • To maintain a level of competence among existing Rappellmasters

    What is a Rappellmaster?

    Internship rappelling students who are able to demonstrate their proficiency as a rappelling outing leader are promoted to Rappellmaster status upon review of the Rappelling Sub-Committee. Students which complete the technical portion of the test, but lack maturity or experience required to lead outings will be promoted to Assistant Rappellmaster status. Those students failing the technical aspects of the Intern Testing will be returned to one of the Technical programs for the remainder of the clinic.

    Phases of the Program

    There are three phases of the rappelling program: Basic Training, Technical Training, and Internship.

    Basic Training – Designed to familiarize the rappelling student with the Simon Kenton Rappelling Program.

    Technical Training – Designed to provide the rappelling student with hands on experience with rigging, knots, site management, and rappelling activities.

    Internship – The final testing phase of the program. Rappelling students are asked to demonstrate their abilities by completing the requirements to become a Rappellmaster as defined in the program details. Most first time rappelling students will be placed in the Basic Training program, and returning students will be placed in the Technical Training program.

    Returning students who desire to become a Rappellmaster and feel they have attained enough skill may request prior to or upon arrival at the rappelling clinic, to be placed in the Internship program.

    Who can attend?

    Scouts (14 and older), BSA & Non BSA Adults & Troop Leadership

    BSA Youth Protection Training is required for all adult attendees.
    Where is the clinic at?     Google Map Detail  

    Camp Falling Rock
    12637 Houdeshell Rd.
    Newark, OH 43055             

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    How to Register

    May 19-21, 2017
    Sept 15-17, 20167
    7p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday

    *Early Bird Discount of $20.00 for registration forms received by 5pm at the Simon Kenton Council Office a minimum of 2 weeks before Clinic start date. 

    First time attendee                         $100             $80(early bird)
    Additional clinics                             $65               $45(early bird)
    Rappellmasters                                $25

    The fee includes food, lodging, and program materials.  All first time attendees receive a locking D-ring, a Rappelling course manual, 20’ section of webbing, 5’ & 9’ section of prusik line, and a patch.

    Participants should dress as the weather dictates and wear tight fitting clothes and a belt.  Lodging and bunks will be provided; however, participants will need to supply their own bedding.  You may also bring your personal tent if preferred.

    Climb On Safely

    Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.

    All unit-sponsored/planned climbing activities, regardless of where they are held, fall under Climb On Safely. This applies to a single unit or multiple units that may be participating in a joint unit climbing activity.

    There is inherent risk in climbing and rappelling. With proper management, that risk can be minimized. Leaders should be aware that Climb On Safely is an orientation only and does not constitute training on how to climb or rappel.

    Young people today seek greater challenges, and climbing and rappelling offer a worthy challenge. The satisfaction of safely climbing a rock face is hard to top. While introduction of the Climbing merit badge in spring 1997 spurred interest in these activities through the BSA, the proliferation of climbing gyms and facilities has also made climbing and rappelling readily available throughout the United States.

    This increased interest has made climbing and rappelling a very popular unit activity. More accidents occur during unit rappelling than during council-managed climbing or rappelling, and more accidents have occurred during rappelling than climbing. Many climbing/rappelling accidents could be avoided by having qualified instruction from a conscientious adult who has the attention and respect of the youth entrusted to his or her care. Supervision by a caring adult who fully understands and appreciates the responsibility he or she assumes helps assure safety when youth engage in or prepare for climbing or rappelling.

    The adult supervisor’s relationship with youth participants should reinforce the importance of following instructions. The adult leader in charge and the climbing instructor share this important responsibility. The instructor is responsible for all procedures and for safely conducting the climbing/rappelling activity. The adult supervisor works cooperatively with the climbing instructor and is responsible for all matters outside of the climbing/rappelling activity.

    Passport to High Adventure, No. 34245, published by the BSA, is an appropriate guidebook to safely get your unit to and from the climbing/rappelling site.

    Cub Scouts are encouraged to engage in climbing; Webelos Scouts are encouraged to engage in climbing and rappelling in a controlled environment with close supervision by instructors who are knowledgeable about instructing this age group. Normally, this means going to a climbing gym where the degree of difficulty is age-appropriate and the harnesses are size-appropriate for Cub Scouts. Age-appropriate guidelines can be found at

    Important Details for Safe Climbing

    All climbing and rappelling must be supervised by a mature, conscientious adult at least 21 years of age who understands the risks inherent to these activities. This person knowingly accepts responsibility for the well-being and safety of the youth in his or her care. This adult supervisor is trained in and committed to compliance with the eight points of the Boy Scouts of America’s Climb On Safely procedure and responsible for recruiting and verifying the qualifications of the qualified instructors.

    One adult supervisor is required for every 10 participants with a minimum of two adults for any one group.

    The adult supervisor is responsible for ensuring that someone in the group is currently trained in American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR (a 6 ½-hour course). In addition, Wilderness First Aid (a 16-hour course) is recommended for units going to remote areas. A course of equivalent length and content from another nationally recognized organization can be substituted. A higher level of certification such as emergency medical technician (EMT), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and licensed health-care practitioner is also acceptable if the person is trained in backcountry medical care. The ARC’s Emergency Response, a 43 ½-hour course that includes CPR, is highly recommended.

    Know Your Knots

    Knots are essential to successful rigging. Knots should be as simple to untie as they are to tie. They should not be able to work themselves loose and should be tied, backed up, and dressed properly to allow easy inspection. A skillful rigger does not need to have a huge arsenal of knots to be safe and efficient. It is better to know a few knots and their application precisely than many knots with vague understanding.

    All knots should be backed up unless otherwise specified!

    Here is some useful terminology

    The “working end” is the end of the rope which is manipulated the most while tying a knot

    The “standing part” is the main part of the rope

    A “bight” is essentially an open loop:

    Knots used in this program

    The overhand knot is most commonly used as a backup knot. When used as a backup, it should be tied as close as possible to the knot with the running end laying along the rope.

    Water Knot The water knot is primarily used for joining webbing together. An overhand knot is required on each end of the knot as a backup.

    Figure 8
    The figure 8 is heavily used in rappelling. It is recommended for tying in the running end of the rope as a stop knot so that you can not rappel of the end of a short rope.

    Figure 8 on a Bight
    The figure 8 on bight is tied by taking a bight of rope and tying a figure 8 in it. When used at the end of a rope it must be backed up. Common use is the tie in point of a tether and when a loop is desired mid-line.

    When a figure 8 on a bight is tied mid-line the knot should be tied in a way that the loop is in the direction of the loading.see  Directional Figure 8

    Bowline The bowline is considered a preferred knot and a “must know” for rigging. Common uses are tying of tether to anchor and finishing off of rigs. The knot should be backed up and the dead end must always be inside of the loop when tied.

    Grapevine (Double Fisherman’s Bend)
    The grapevine knot is the preferred knot to join two ropes of the same size. It is used to create a prusik sling and also can be used to join two ropes for rappelling. The Figure 8 Bend is the preferred over the grapevine  for joining ropes for rappelling on because it is easier to untie after being loaded. This knot should be backed up on both ends

    Prusik Knot
    The prusik knot is tied around a rope to provide a loop that will slide freely under no load but grip tightly when loaded. Common uses are rescue situations to unload the troubled rappellers hardware and other situations which require a loop which will grip the rope. 


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