The Occoneechee COPE and Climbing Program is a component of the Occoneechee Council,Boy Scouts of America.  The Council Headquarters are in Raleigh, North Carolina with facilities at the Occoneechee Scout Reservation in Carthage, NC. We offer a complete package of opportunities to every range of Scout, from Cub Scout up through Venture Crew. Our facilities are open year round for not only scouting groups but non-scouting groups as well.

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Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In accordance with current BSA Cope/Climbing Standards the following program changes are in effect:

D. All COPE and climbing programs are operated according to the guidelines contained in the following table. All staff members may be considered as part of the staff to maintain the required ratio of staff to participants; however, instructors in training must be directly supervised by a Level I or Level II instructor or a director. A Level II instructor or director directly supervises the program and must be present at the program site except for bouldering or portable climbing walls.


Accordingly, It is the Occoneechee Council Cope and Climbing Policy that all COPE and Climbing Areas on Camp Durant Property and any use of council owned Natural Rock equipment are subject to SQ-409 and must be supervised by a Level II “Director” and have the appropriate staffing levels as directed by National Camp Standards as published January 1, 2014.

  1. All Rock Climbing Programs must be supervised by a NCS trained Climbing Director or Level II instructor  (the council course that we currently instruct is a level 1 course)
  2. All Tower Climbing Programs must be supervised by an NCS trained Climbing or COPE level II instructor or “Director".
  3. Level 1 course certifications as of Jan, 2014 are for 1 year (not 2 yrs as previous).
  4. To maintain current level 1 instructor status an instructor must:
    a) volunteer as staff for at least one rock or tower climbing program during the year of certification
    b) Retake the Level 1 rock or tower climbing instructor course
To insure credit for the program, it is important that the following documentation steps are followed:
  1. instructors sign-up as staff on the cope/climb website so there is electronic verification of the participation
  2. directors/level 11 will include staff members on the program roster. 
  3. Instructors will maintain a log of their program activites to ensure accurate credit if participating with other BSA programs.

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