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.

Dude On Rock...

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

In this report, an auto-belay "QuickJump" device appears to have not been connected properly to the participant harness, which may have resulted in it becoming disconnected in operation. 

BSA strives for redundancy in all of our operations, hence the reasons we have backup belayers, secondary points of attachment on our ziplines and provide a low instructor to participant ratio when using our high elements.  

In BSA, we also utilize the CHECK program as a risk management tool to ensure that we have double checked our equipment, connections and knots.   To that end, we reinforced during our last training course that CHECK is not just a sign on the wall, but a process we follow every time we put someone onto a new anchor or belay system.  We say the word and we verbally and physically perform each step in the process.   Only when CHECK is complete do we begin an ascent or descent.  Please reinforce this in all the program that you conduct and model this behavior to others.

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