The council climbing committee is dedicated to providing quality training and activities above and beyond the basic camping experiences of the Boy Scouts of America.

Climb on Safely

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities at a natural site or a specifically designed facility, such as a climbing wall or tower.  All unit-sponsored/planned climbing activities, regardless of where they are held, fall under Climb On Safely. This applies to a single unit, or multiple units, that may be participating in a joint unit climbing activity.

There is inherent risk in climbing and rappelling. With proper management, that risk can be minimized. Leaders should be aware that Climb On Safely is an orientation only, and does not constitute training on how to climb or rappel. Climb on Safely training may be obtained from the BSA Online Learning Center.

Adult Topping Out

Topping Out is climbing tower instructor's course and spans two evening and two weekends. Climb on Safely is a prerequisite and may be taken online. The classes must be attended in the correct sequence: an evening class, a two-day tower class at El Rancho Cima, a second evening class, and a two-day real rock class at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, near Fredericksburg, TX. The courses are offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Participants learn about climbing equipment such as cams, stoppers, hexs, and anchors. Participants also learn how to effectively supervise climbing and rappelling activities at the SHAC’s climbing towers and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Individuals who satisfactorily demonstrate the skills necessary to be an instructor will receive tower instructor status.

  • Topping Out Adult Training February 20-22, 2015 - register between 12/1/2014 and 2/15/2015  Register Here

Adult Topping Registration

Fall 2014:

  • Real Rock Topping Out - Dec 12-14 - Real Rock Class at Enchanted Park Register Here

Spring 2015:

  • May 1-3, 2015 - Real Rock Class at Enchanted Rock  Register Here
  • Dec 11-13, 2015 - Real Rock Class at Enchanted Rock Register Here

Youth Topping Out

Youth Topping Out is an instructor training class for youth, male and female, who have a desire to become BSA trained climbing/rappelling instructors-in-training. Climb on Safely is a prerequisite and may be taken online. The class consists of an evening meeting, a two-day tower class at El Rancho Cima, followed by another evening class and a two-day real rock class at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, near Fredericksburg, TX. The students should have a desire to advance their climbing instructor skills to be applied for unit climbing and rappelling activities or possibly for council summer camp staff work.

Youth Topping Out Tower Training (El Rancho Cima) - Register by 11/10/2014

11/14/2014 - 11/16/2014


Youth Topping Out Real Rock Training (Enchanted Rock) - Register by 12/15/2014

12/19/2014 - 12/21/2014



SHAC open climbing at Enchanted Rock:

Come join several other Units for a weekend of Rock Climbing and Rappelling at Enchanted Rock State Park, February 27 –March 1, 2015$20/person plus park entrance fees. Priority will be given to smaller troops with no gear or climbing program. Registration will fill quickly so sign up NOW! To sign up, click the "Register Here" button below:


About the Climbing Committee

The council climbing committee was started in 2000, and has grown from two to 12 members. The climbing committee has trained over 300 adults and helped at camporees, summer camp, Order of the Arrow events, and thousands of unit climbing events.


For Questions Contact:

Joe Welch
Council Climbing Committee Chair
 (713) 756-3304

Tami Kinn
Climbing Training Registration
 (713)  756-3309