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Scout Programs

Scout Programs at Cornell Outdoor Education

Are you ready to take your scouting experience to the next level? Come take advantage of all that Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) has to offer. You can learn to rock climbing on the largest natural rock climbing wall in North America, zipline out of a 65 foot clocktower, try ice climbing, sea kayaking or caving all at COE. All scouting programs are customized to your boy scout, girl scout, venturing, or 4H group whether it is in depth leadership development with the Cornell Team & Leadership Center or a fun afternoon canoeing on Beebe Lake. Here are a few ideas:

Team & Leadership Development

Presented by the Cornell Team & Leadership Center 
  • Two 400 ft. Ziplines
  • Two Leap of Faith poles
  • Giant's Swing
  • 65 ft. high Climbing Tower
  • 30 low team challenges
  • 20 high rope challenges
  • Custom leadership training
  • More Information Here...

Rock Climbing

  • Cornell Outdoor Education's Climbing Walls
  • Intro to Rock Climbing
    • This session consists of an overview of various basic skills. Participants will be introduced to climbing ropes, harnesses, helmets, shoes, and hardware, in addition to their use and care. Our staff will demonstrate the modes climbing and teach participants the standard knots and voice commands. Scouts will get into harnesses, helmets, and shoes and spend the majority of their time climbing to the top of the wall.
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Estimated Duration: 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the group.
  • BSA Rock Climbing Merit Badge Session 1: Climbing & Belaying
    • In this session scouts will learn the basic skill of roped climbing: how to belay. Scouts will learn how to set up ropes, communicate between climber and belayer, and safely belay a climber on rope to the top of our climbing wall and lower him back to the ground. In addition to technical rope work, our staff will help coach the scouts on efficient climbing technique.
    • Prerequisites: Participants will be expected to know how to tie a figure eight knot, put on a harness, and be aware of basic climbing safety issues.
    • Estimated Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • BSA Rock Climbing Merit Badge Session 2: Rappelling
    • Often considered the most fun aspect of climbing, rappelling is also one of the most dangerous. Scouts in the rappelling session will learn how to assemble a solid rappel setup, attach themselves to a rappel, issue appropriate voice commands, monitor the rappeller with a back-up belay, and descend 80 feet from the top of the football stadium!
    • Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with harnesses, helmets, carabiners, the figure eight knot, and basic climbing safety issues.
    • Estimated Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • More Information Here...

Gear Rentals

Got the skills are ready? Just need gear? Our Outfitting Rental Center is the largest and most complete outdoor gear rental center in the Finger Lakes Region. You can find:

  • Canoes
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Rock Climbing Gear
  • Backpacks
  • Tents & Camping Gear
  • Snowshows
  • Cross-Country Skis
  • More Information Here...

Other Program Ideas!

Don't like what you see here? Maybe these ideas might excite you! We have trained instructors able to teach your scouting group in any of the following areas. Call us about all of the possibilities.

  • Tree Climbing
  • Rapelling
  • Tyrolean Traverses
  • Sea & Whitewater Kayaking
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Caving
  • Canoeing
  • Ice Climbing
  • And much more...

Ready to Sign Up? Need More Information?

Contact our Special Programs Coordinator at 607-254-1357 or to schedule your next event with Cornell Outdoor Education.
More Information:

Andrew McLaughlin
Special Programs Coordinator
Tel: (607) 254-1357 

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