Become A BSA Climbing Instructor
The AAC Climbing Committee’s purpose is to train you to become a climbing instructor. To do that we’ll need your time and commitment. You need zero experience, but if you previous experience, great! Either way we’re going to train you in the knowledge, skills, and mindset to become a BSA Climbing Instructor.
Sign Up For The Instructor Class
The Spring and Fall classes require two weekends and one weeknight. This will give you the level 1 knowledge and skills. In a perfect world, you’d convince 1-2 Scouting buddies from your troop to sign-up with you, but that’s not required. Sign up today and we’ll start you out on this path. For more information, contact Lynn Johnson.
Stay Current & Build Your Team
After going through the training the best thing to do is help-out at Council events and other troops. This is the best time to hone your skills and network with other instructors. Check out the bottom of the CLIMBING PAGE for opportunities. This will give you the experience you need and the gratitude for other instructors to help you later. A level 1 card is good for one year. Helping out practices those perishable skills and makes renewal easier.
Ask a Level 2 or Director to mentor and advise you in accomplishing climbing goals with your unit. Check out what the Climbing Committee has been working on here CLIMBING MENTOR PROGRAM. Along the way, gain certifications that move you towards becoming a Level 2 Instructor yourself.
Your Own Event
With your level 2 mentor instructor’s help, plan out an event for your own troop. We’ve done this before and we’re glad to tell you how to get through an outing with the least snags.
Serious Extra Credit
Go-to Philmont! – Take the Climbing Director’s course and take our jobs! We don’t recommend taking this course until you’re a level 2 instructor with some experience under your belt. This class takes your skills even further.
There is a genuine time and energy commitment to become a climbing instructor. With your motivation and time, you’ll acquire the knowledge, skills, and mindset to take your boys on a safe, fun, and worthwhile outing.