INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

The BSA National Standards (Publication 430-056) define four levels of Climbing Instructor. While not all councils are able to operate a Level II program, Sam Houston Area Council has one of the largest in the country. The information here is not all inclusive, rather it is intended as an introduction.

TYPES OF INSTRUCTORS

  • Instructor in Training (IIT)
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Reevaluation: Yearly
  • Classes Offered: Semi-Annual Council Training
  • The Instructor in Training is a youth that is interested in taking a leadership role for a climbing outing. This instructor can operate an activity under the direct supervision of a Level I or higher instructor.
  • Level I
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Reevaluation: Yearly
  • Classes Offered: Semi-Annual Council Training
  • A Level 1 Instructor is an adult that can facilitate a climbing operation. The vast majority of adults will be Level I instructors for several years while they gain valuable experience operating under the direction of Level II instructors and Directors.
  • Level II
  • Prerequisite: Level I
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Reevaluation: 3 Years
  • Classes Offered: Semi-Annual Council Training
  • A Level II instructor is proficient in both skills and program delivery. A Level II Instructor or Director is required to be present at the program site and directly supervise the program activity. Level II instructors demonstrate the ability to supervise Level I instructors as well as manage a program site. In addition, Level II instructors are expected to periodically teach at the SHAC Semi-Annual Training classes.
  • Director
  • Prerequisite: Familiarity with SHAC Climbing
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Reevaluation: 5 Years
  • Classes Offered: National Camp School
  • Directors have the same skill set and proficiency requirements as Level II Instructors. What makes Directors different is they are trained at National Camp School, typically the Philmont Training Center. This training is intensive and includes additional topics that prepare the Director to teach Level II Instructors.