BSA’s  Outdoor Program website recently released caving and canyoneering guidelines and has become an even better resource for COPE and Climbing program information. At this website, you can find the following information:

  • Belay onRECENTLY UPDATED! Belay On. This is the latest version of BSA’s COPE & Climbing textbook and is a vital resource for both programs. The new Belay On manual replaces both the previous editions of Project COPE and Topping Out as a reference for challenge course and climbing programs operated within the BSA. Belay On is available online to BSA members, who are free to use it in Scouting programs for non-commercial purposes.Climb on Safely
  • RECENTLY UPDATED! Climb On Safely. It outlines procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower.
  • NEW OFF THE PRESS! Cave Safely, Cave Softly. Caving can be an exciting unit activity, but it requires knowledge and preparation.  This guide can help you learn before you go.
  • NEW OFF THE PRESS! Canyoneering Safely. This guide will help in preparation for exciting adventures for units. Get prepared with the right knowledge and equipment to keep your Scouts or Venturers safe.
  • Climbing Merit BadgeClimbing is not a sport that requires tremendous muscular strength; it demands mental toughness and the willingness to practice hard to master a set of skills. The adventure of climbing can also provide a new way to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Activity Consent Form. A link to the BSA approved form for activity consent is included. This should be used for non-scout participants in program activities. That way, you can bring along a date or the whole family.

With these tools your High Adventure will be safer and more enjoyable. 


Darryl Alder
Darryl is a retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. However, his pride in Scouting, is his volunteer service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.

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