Climbing Trainings

Rock Climbing Instructor Course

Unlimited enrollment, preregistration required.
These classes are designed to certify adults to lead rock climbing and rappelling activities for single and multi-unit activities. Includes a Tower Certification Class that covers the SR2 Tower and the two towers at the NEW Basswood Climbing & Activity Center in Fort Worth.

The course is held Friday evening through Sunday on the dates listed on the flyer. Check in at the SR2 Tower (not at Hermit’s Cave) camping area at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. The fee includes all meals from breakfast on Saturday to lunch on Sunday. Please bring something for a cracker-barrel Friday night. Plan to arrive early and be prepared to start class no later than 8:00 PM on Friday, as the course will begin promptly. We will try and dismiss by 5:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. You will not need to make a camp reservation. All registrations must be prepaid. After registering, participants will receive the course information and an outline of knots participants are expected to know on arrival for the class. The required course manual for climbing courses is the BSA’s Topping Out, A BSA Climbing/Rappelling Manual, available at Longhorn Council Scout Shops.

Tower Instructor Course

Unlimited enrollment, preregistration required.

These classes are designed to certify adults to lead climbing and rappelling activities for units at the SR2 Tower and the 2 towers at the NEW Basswood Climbing & Activity Center in Fort Worth.

Tower training classes will be held at the Climbing Tower near the COPE Course at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. There is a $20 non-refundable fee due at time of application. Check in time is 8:00 AM at the tower. The Classes will end at 6:00 PM. Please bring a sack lunch and lots of water/drinks/snacks. You will not need to make a camp reservation. The required course manual for climbing courses is the BSA’s Topping Out, A BSA Climbing/Rappelling Manual, available at Longhorn Council Scout Shops.

Basswood Activity Center Tower Instructor Course.

For currently certified instructors.

Free 1 hour site-specific training can be scheduled at the new Basswood Activity Center on request. These trainings are ONLY for currently certified Climbing instructors who would like to run climbing programs at the new Basswood facility. (BSA Climbing standards a require a site-specific orientation for each new facility that a Climbing Instructor runs) Reserve at least three days prior to the training time (exception made if training for others is already scheduled). Training will be held regardless of weather. Basswood Tower operational training is also included in the ‘regular’ training program. Contact Gary Wilson at garywils@swbell.net to schedule.

Recertification Courses: Tower Instructor & Rock Instructor.

For currently certified instructors. Unlimited enrollment, preregistration required.

The Climbing Re-Certification Courses are held at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. Rock Recert. Courses start at the Climbing Tower. Anyone who completes the new Rock Training course may get a tower card in a Tower Recert. course. The course is from 8 AM till 12 noon. Be sure to bring a lunch, lots of water, and gloves. You will not need to make a camp reservation. A $20 non-refundable fee is due at the time of registration. Renewal Courses now cover the SR2 Tower and the two towers at NEW Basswood Climbing & Activity Center in Fort Worth.

Course Schedules

Tower Instructor courses are held spring and fall at the SR2 Tower on the 3rd saturday in September and on the 2nd Saturday in March. Tower Instructor training is included in the full ROck Climbing Instructor course.

Rock Climbing Instructor Courses are held spring and fall at the at the SR2 Tower and at Hermits Cave on the 2nd full weekend in October and the 3rd full weekend in April. Check in is now at the SR2 Tower.

Course Registration

Course registration information is posted annually on the Council Activities Calendar.

Course Information Packets

Course information packets will be emailed to participants who are pre-registered. You MUST supply a legible email address on your registration form in order to receive a packet!

Climbing Course Manual – REQUIRED

The required course manual for all climbing courses is the BSA’s Topping Out, A BSA Climbing/Rappelling Manual, available at Longhorn Council Scout Shops.

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