COPE and Climbing

Belay On Manual Is New BSA Resource for COPE and Climbing

Belay On ManualThe new Belay On manual replaces the old Project COPE manual and Topping Out as a reference for challenge course and climbing programs operated within the BSA. Belay On is available online in PDF format at no cost to BSA members, who are free to use it in BSA programs for non-commercial purposes. The publication will not be available in printed form from BSA Supply Group, but printed copies will be provided for attendees at COPE and climbing courses at National Camping Schools. Councils are free to reproduce Belay On as needed for their local training programs. Download the manual here.

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.

Climbing Merit Badge
Climbing 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.

COPE and Climbing Staff Training Syllabi

The links below are to key items that support your council's COPE and climbing program. These PDFs were updated in February 2015. Updates to the website will be made periodically. PDFs are official training documents. Word documents may be customized. Please share these with others who are involved in COPE and climbing programs.  

Foundation (common to COPE and climbing)

  • COPE and Climbing Foundation Level I pdf | doc
  • COPE and Climbing Foundation Level II pdf | doc

Climbing Specific

COPE Specific

Program Manager

  • COPE and Climbing Program Manager pdf | doc

Activity Consent Form

If non-Scout groups use COPE or climbing facilities, all participants need to have an Activity Consent Form and Approval by Parents or Legal Guardian completed. In the event the council's legal team does not have one specific to the council, the BSA's Activity Consent Form can be used for this purpose.

COPE and Climbing Training Course Codes/Cards

COPE and Climbing Training Program Evaluation

COPE and Climbing Continuing Education

COPE and Climbing Frequently Asked Questions

Documents for COPE and Climbing Professional Inspections

Risk Management Resources


COPE and Climbing Region Chairs

COPE and Climbing Task Force Chair