Climbing Programs


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The climbing programs at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (BTSR) are second to none! The canyon walls and numerous rock formations create the perfect setting for a Scout to learn what it is like to climb “for real”. (No towers or climbing walls at our camp!). Several programs are offered, for varied levels of interest and experience.

Personal or Troop rappelling equipment or rock climbing gear is NOT TO BE BROUGHT OR USED at BTSR!

Introduction to Climbing

For beginners, this one hour course introduces the sport and the skills, for those boys not quite ready to take on the challenge of the merit badge. The Introduction to Climbing course is recent addition to BTSR.

This course gives your younger boys, or boys that are not quite ready or heavy enough for the traditional Climbing Merit Badge class. Here they will learn basic climbing and rappelling techniques, and even will do a climb and rappel at Baby Rock. This class is typically offered from 3:30 – 5:00 daily.

Climbing Merit Badge

The Climbing Merit Badge Course offers a variety of climbs and rappels in base camp, enough to complete the Climbing Merit Badge.  Qualified staff will teach the basics of rock climbing and rappelling. Rope work, teamwork, safety and repelling will be the major program emphasis. Equipment such as ropes, gloves, carabiners, helmets, and safety harnesses will be provided.

To ensure a quality experience for all participants, the total number of participants will be limited. To participate in this activity, all Scouts must be at least thirteen (13) years old, weigh at least 100 lbs, and have a Class 3 Physical.

This is a full week course, typically held in two hour sessions and requires participation every day.

Advanced Climbing Program

The Advanced Climbing course is available for those boys that already have the Climbing Merit Badge and are looking for more adventure. They will have an opportunity to try new climbing and rappelling sites, learn rescue techniques, different types of equipment, and test their abilities at a higher level! This class is typically offered from 2:30 – 4:30 daily.