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Vertical Skills Camp 2019

Event Status

Registration Open

Event Location

Camp Opemikon, 530 Hanna Rd, Maberly, ON K0H 2B0

Event date

05/31/2019 - 7:00pm - 06/02/2019 - 2:00pm

Event Description


May 31 – June 2, 2019 at Camp Opemikon

Camp Opemikon will be hosting a weekend Vertical Skills camp for 3rd year Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts participating with their Troop/Company/Crew (we are not able to accept individual Scouts). The aim of the weekend is to provide an opportunity for youth to gain knowledge leading to completion of competencies in the Vertical Outdoor Adventure Skill. Instructors will be on hand to provide the necessary guidance and ensure everything runs safely.

After instruction, the youth will be given opportunities to perfect and demonstrate that they have attained the competencies set out in the Vertical OAS. We expect to cover many of the skills required but will not sign off their being attained as that is the task of the Troop, Company or Crew. The list of the competencies we hope to cover is in the PDF attached below.

The outline for the weekend will be:

Friday evening: Safety briefing and knots instruction and practice.

Saturday morning: Belay technique and practice, equipment overview.

Saturday afternoon: Climbing at rock face or ropes course.

Saturday evening: Review knots, safety, equipment, etc. Use bouldering wall.

Sunday morning: Climbing at rock face or ropes course.

All necessary equipment will be supplied, participants are free to bring harnesses and helmets but we reserve the right to not allow their use if they do not meet our standards on inspection.

Please ensure participants bring a pack for the hike, water bottles and dress appropriately for the weather. Participants should wear running or climbing shoes for the climbs and may want to bring boots for the hike over to the rock face.

In order to keep costs down, you get to choose where you want to stay and whether you want to be catered. If self-contained, plan a bag lunch or support people to prepare meals to save time.

Cost (includes instruction and equipment):

Tenting (Clements Field): $31 per person

Cabin (Clements): $37 per person

Catering, additional: $36 per person

Scouters not participating in the activity are not required to pay for accommodations, only for catering if they choose.

Limit of 24 participants, preference will be given to youth participants over Scouters (though we’ll try to find time to let the scouters have some fun as well).

For information, contact Alex Gazaleh at Registration deadline is May 24. Please register at – Subject Line: "Vertical Skills Camp", using the Registration form.

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