Re: Indoor Climbing
Benjamin Pharr (benpharr@NETWORK-ONE.COM)
Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:43:37 -0500
> Okay, list...time for some opinions:
> How do you feel about indoor climbing gyms? (We would climb a mountain...but
> North Texas is flatter than a pancake!!) Is this something we can / should do
> with the kids? Even boys as young as Webelos? (You've seen Cub Scouts -
> they'll climb over ANYTHING!!!)
> I'm not worried about safety - the gyms have great safety records and tons of
> insurance...just in case... But what's the group's take on the
> appropriateness of the activity, and what BSA **AND** GSUSA rules might apply?
> Will I need BSA / GSUSA trained/certified instructors on hand, or are those
> who work for the gym sufficient? Will BSA insurance cover this sort of
> Note that I'm also considering this as a possibility for the Cadettes. Any GS
> leaders out there tried this or similar activities?
> Thanks in advance. And please, let's not let this get bogged down in flames
> and counter-flames. I want to get everyone's opinions, advice and experiences
> (and any "policies" that might apply)...I don't want to start another war!!!
> Robert Gerhard
> Cubmaster & Webelos ADL, BSA Pack 83
> Co-Leader, GSUSA Cadette Troop 2825
> Fort Worth, Texas
I just got back from Philmont and they have an indoor climbing gym at
Cimarroncito, one of their climbing camps. They just had two staff
members in their "watching" us. One was reading a book and the other
was playing a video game. Philmont is high adventure, but at least we
know that BSA doesn't ban indoor climbing all together. It really is a
fun sport, and cub scout age is a good time to get started. Their
strength to weight ratio is just right. I bench press 320 lbs. and I
still have some trouble with difficult walls. Good luck and have fun!
Chicksa #202 Lodge Chief
Section SR-8a Vice Chief
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