COPE & Climbing Instructor Training

Are you interested in taking your Troop or Crew climbing or rappelling as a unit activity at Bartle or Naish?  Once you have a leader in your unit trained to run these programs, you can check out HOAC gear from the camp and put on these activities for your scouts.  The training is a weekend-long course and covers topics such as Project COPE/Tower Operation, emergency procedures, national standards, safety, and more. This training must be completed by entry-level summer camp COPE/Climbing Staff.

The Spring 2021 Climbing Instructor Training date will be on March 19-21 (6:30 PM Friday to 11:30 AM Sunday). It will be held at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation at 1100 Martinek Lane, KCKS 66111. Training begins on Friday evening at 6 pm and ends on Sunday at noon.  Meals & lodging will be provided.

COPE Course or Climbing Tower Group use

Units that have two trained Climbing Level 1 Instructors may book the Climbing Tower for unit usage during the weekends in four-hour blocks. To make a weekend reservation for the Climbing Tower contact Cheri Williams.

There are also opportunities for you to use the COPE Course or Climbing Tower during the weekdays.  In order to schedule an event using these facilities, please email the following information to Cheri Williams at least eight weeks prior to your desired event date (because the COPE/Climbing staff is made up entirely of Scouting volunteers, we need enough time to coordinate people's work schedules, etc.):

    Name of your group

    Desired date of the event (please be sure to provide 1-2 alternate dates) and time (morning, afternoon)

    Number of participants

Once the committee has been able to review the request and schedule people accordingly, we will confirm the event with you.

For questions please contact Cheri Williams at (816) 569-4959 or