March 31 - April 2 - Course Description

COPE and Climbing Level 1:

Pre-requisites: Climb on Safely, Registered BSA and current YPT.

This is an introduction course to assisting COPE and Climbing events. Comfort at height and good physical condition are preferred but not necessary. We will cover BSA Standards, basic rope work, knots and safety procedures. After completion you will be able to assist in running COPE or Climbing program as staff.

Age requirements: Youth 16 + and Adult leaders over the age of 18 may take Level 1 Tower. Age determines certification level.

Registration Fee: The program fee for both courses is $45.00 and includes Friday Cracker Barrel, Saturday breakfast / lunch and Sunday breakfast/lunch + instruction materials and staff t-shirt.   Saturday night dinner is "on your own".  We typically go out to the local BBQ restaurant as a group.

Housing:  Tent camping is free.  Cabins are $5.00/bunk/night.  We will confirm with you after registration. 

Registration Deadline: March 26, 2017

This is an intense 3 day program; classes will start promptly at 6:30 PM on Friday, and run until late afternoon on Sunday. Check-in will be at the Camp Durant Admin Building.  Participants are encouraged to stay at Camp. Cabins have been reserved and are included in your registration fee. Please notify Kevin Blackwood in advance, of any dietary restrictions or health issues.

All training will take place at Camp Durant on the COPE Course/Climbing tower.


COPE and Climbing Level 2:  (Fall Course Only)


Current BSA registration, Climb on Safely and YPT card (these courses are available online at  All training is site specific only (good for Occoneechee Council)

Cope and Climbing Level 1 facilitator/instructor training within the past 12 months and proof of participation as staff at an event within a year of your original certification. Must have Red Cross First Aid (prefer Wilderness First Aid).  Registered BSA adults 21+ in good physical shape and not afraid of heights will be accepted. These two courses are the equivalent to National Camp School Training, condensed to two weekend sessions and two additional 1 day event qualification sessions. Certification is for 3 years. Class size is limited to (16) participants.