Patriots' Path Council Climbing


Climbing offers worthy opportunities to learn new skills, expand personal boundaries, problem solve, and test yourself. It's hard to top the satisfaction of climbing to the top.

Out of some new inner strength before the end of the day, climbers find out just what they can do. Quite often what they can do is more than they ever dreamed possible.

Benefits of participating in a climbing program:

  • increased self-esteem
  • trust building 
  • teamwork
  • respect for others
  • communication
  • cooperation
  • fun and adventure
  • retention in the program


Climbing Bulletin Board

Have your Boy Scout or Venturing Crew unit do some rock climbing at Allamuchy.  Put it on your unit calendar!

BSA Climbing Instructor Program

Check out Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE)


















SLIC is Back!

Scout Leader Intro to Climbing (SLIC) comes back to MASR one Sunday a month from 2-5 p.m.  Adults and leaders of all climbing backgrounds are welcome to participate.  See what BSA rock climbing is all about.  Have fun and learn something about belaying, climbing and rappelling. Work on prereqs for our Climbing Instructor (CI) training. If you've already taken CI training, come help run SLIC and brush up on your CI skills, or use SLIC as a workshop for more advanced topics.

     Upcoming sessions:

Sessions are held rain or shine at the COPE pavilion, Kent Center or on the rocks, depending on weather.

Contact Larry Borshard by e-mail ( with your preferred dates to sign-up. Please include your cell phone number in the e-mail. Each adult may bring one Scout-aged son or daughter.  Limited openings, first-come, first-served.  You will receive a reply confirming your sign-up.



Climb at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation!  Patriots' Path Council can provide you with everything you need - staff, equipment and training. Click here for climbing and COPE program information and registration.

To run your own unit climbing outing at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation, you must be Climb On Safely (COS) trained, you must follow all 8 points of COS, and you must have your own climbing instructor who has taken our PPC BSA Level II Climbing Instructor training.  For unit climbing at MASR, you will also need the MASR Climbing Application.

Summer Camp is coming!  Make sure you check out Camp Somers summer camp climbing program!


Click here to see the climbing areas of Mount Allamuchy!




Designed for unit climbing/rappelling, Climb On Safely, No. 430-099, is the BSA's recommended procedure for organizing and managing climbing and rappelling activities at all levels of the Scouting program: Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouting, Webelos Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing. It offers guidance for climbing and rappelling at natural sites and at specifically designed facilities, including climbing towers and fixed and portable walls. Climb On Safely addresses has eight points to help ensure the safety and well-being of participants:

1. Qualified Supervision

5. Equipment

2. Qualified Instructors

6. Planning

3. Physical Fitness

7. Environmental Conditions

4. Safe Area

8. Discipline

Climb On Safely

Climb On Safely is not designed to prepare leaders to instruct BSA youth in the skills of climbing or rappelling. Teaching climbing or rappelling requires a trained climbing instructor who meets the criteria defined in Climb On Safely.


Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America's recommended guide for planning and organizing a unit Boy Scout climbing/rappelling activity. This class is for the unit leader(s) who will supervise climbing at a natural site or at a specifically designed facility, such as an indoor or outdoor climbing wall or tower. This training is required for indoor climbing also.


BSA guidelines require Climb on Safely training for all unit level climbing and rappelling activities. One way to keep older youth in our programs is to get them out climbing. This class will show you how to keep it safe while they experience the fun! You can find more information on our Do It Online page.


Refer to the Guide to Safe Scouting for the 8 Points of COS as your safe climbing outing checklist, and read this recommended supplement to On-Line COS training:  COS for Climbing Gyms


Climb On Safely: A Guide to Unit Climbing and Rappelling

click here


E-mail Debbie Wickham or call her at (973) 765-9322 x239 with any questions.


Time to Climb!

 BSA Climbing Instructor (CI) Training

Keeping youth in the program!

The group known as the Red Bandana Gang having just completed their PPC Climbing Instructor training in April 2014. These rock-climbing instructors from NJ and PA are now ready to take Scouts climbing at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation's many rock walls such as the Roadside Wall, pictured here.

See dates below if you would like to become a PPC BSA Level II Climbing Instructor, and run rock climbing and rappelling at the many climbing areas at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation!


What: Highly skilled training to become or renew as a BSA qualified Climbing Instructor (CI), in order to serve on our council climbing program staff and be able to deliver safe and exciting outdoor rock climbing and rappelling programs to Scouts from any unit, including your own!


Topics include: Safety and Leadership, Instructing, Equipment, Ground School, Site Selection and Rigging, and Emergency Procedures. You will learn to run climbing programs at our indoor facilities and on our many outdoor rock areas.


As a prerequisite, you will need basic climbing skills that you can get from a climbing gym, or by climbing with a qualified friend or instructor, or by participating in any of our open climbing events, such as our monthly Sunday SLIC program (see above).

Contact Larry Borshard for more info.

Accredition photo

Patriots' Path Council (PPC) Climbing Instructor (CI) training qualifies for BSA National Level II accreditation! Larry Borshard (PPC, BSA Climbing Director, center) accepts the Level II accreditation certificate from Chris Moon (Northeast Region Climbing & COPE chair, left) at Philmont Training Center as John Winter (Climbing & COPE National Task Force chair, far left), Keith Christopher (National Director, Outdoor Programs and Properties, right) and Tom Dennis (Northeast Region Training Program Evaluator, far right) look on.

The next Climbing Instructor (CI) training is:



Register Online

Beginner Climbing area at MASR:  Webelos Hill


We have a beginner area with two stations on the left side of the MASR entrance road as you drive into camp: "Webelos Hill."  Moderate slope, something between 4.16d and 5.09d, but you definitely need to be roped for safety. 




Night Climbing at Camp Somers/Mt. Allamuchy

Tuesday - Thursday nights during summer camp

Contact Richard Hawkins at or at 908-310-9058 to arrange your night climbing during summer camp - even if your unit is not going to Camp Somers this summer.


Check out our Kent Center indoor rock climbing:



Questions? Contact Larry Borshard at or

Keith Dlugosz, PPC Properties Director at 973-347-3266.


Patriots' Path Council Climbing Director:


Larry Borshard


Page last updated: 06-18-2015 03:26 pm