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Endurance Crew



The Endurance Crew is a sampling of the best that the Adventure Sports Department has to offer.  Participants will have an active week as this full day program incorporates COPE, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, shotgun shooting and a Delaware River canoeing trip.


Successful participants will leave the program with both Cycling and Climbing merit badges.


When:Mon to Fri 9:00 to 5:00

*Participants will eat lunches at the COPE course or on the trail Tuesday to Thursday

Cost:money to purchase shotgun shells

Age:13 years old & 1st class –OR- 14 years old

What to Bring:

1st Class Daypack: water bottle, sunblock, personal first aid kit


What to wear:

Old shoes to cross creek for climbing

Long Pants for COPE

Swimming suite & sunblock for canoe trip

Solid shoes for hiking

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C.O.P.E. Crew


Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience offers scouts an opportunity to have fun, while building teamwork and self-confidence.To promote the crew dynamic, scouts develop their communication and problem solving skills as they participate in team-building activities and initiative games. Then, the COPE crew uses spotting skills to successfully overcome Ockanickon’s 10 Low COPE elements including the Mohawk Walk, Swinging Log, and the Wild-Woosie.As the crew develops its ability to function as a team, the challenges move skyward as they use belaying skills to attempt the 10 High COPE elements including the Skywalk, Pirates Crossing, Giant’s Ladder and the Zip-line.


When: Mon to Fri 9:00 to Noon*Participants will eat lunch up at the COPE course Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 

Cost: Free

Age: 13 years old & 1st class –OR- 14 years old

What to Bring: Water Bottle

What to wear: Long Pants





Climbing Crew



Ockanickon is directly across the Tohickon Creek from Ralph Stover State Park’s High Rocks and Tohickon Valley Park’s Grey Walls.  These cliffs offer participants some of the best natural rock climbing in Pennsylvania.  When you earn Climbing merit badge at Ockanickon, you earn it on natural rocks.


Take advantage of these natural treasures!!!


Gillmore Climbing Tower sessions:  Early training on Monday at Ockanickon’s Gilmore Climbing Tower focusses on belaying and climbing basics.  Additionally, participants learn rappelling basics at the climbing tower on Wednesday.

High Rocks and Grey Walls sessions:   Away trips to the cliffs occur on Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday.   Natural climbing at High Rocks and Grey Walls is an incredible chance to scale cliffs ranging from 30 to 100 feet.  If the Tockickon creek is low, participants will wade across it to the cliffs, so wear old shoes for the crossing.  If the water level is too high, your troop will need to provide transportation to and from the cliffs for your scouts.


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When: Mon to Fri 9:00 to Noon

*Participants will eat lunch up at the COPE course Tuesday and Thursday


Cost:  Free

(& includes use of climbing shoes)



13 years old & 1st class

OR 14 years old


What to Bring:

1st Class Daypack: water bottle, sunblock, personal first aid kit


What to wear:

Old shoes for creek crossing

Climbing Instructor BSA:

Level 1 Climbing Instructor is an intensive training requiring participants to work all week with the Ockanickon Climbing Department.

This program focusses on the equipment, technical knowledge and safety skills necessary to facilitate climbing trips. 

BSA’s Topping Out manual will guide participants as they review best practices and minimal requirements for anchoring, supervision, and belaying in both a tower and natural rock climbing environment. 

Hands-on experience is a critical component to this course as participants set the anchors and ropes for both top roped climbs and rappels.

Besides a comfort with heights, participants should complete Climb On Safely before enrolling in this training

Climbing Instructor

When: Monday thru Friday 9:15am to Noon AND 2:00pm to 5:00pm

***Please talk to the climbing director at the Sunday Leader Meeting to arrange meetings for this program, since participation in Monday’s activities are a must***

Age: Must be at least 21 years old


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Who:  Climb On Safely training is intended for adult leaders 21 years or older interested in reviewing BSA standards necessary to take a troop climbing.

When: Tuesday or Thursday Night at 7:30pm

Where: Climbing Tower Gazebo

Age: Must be at least 21 years old


Mountain Biking:

Ockanickon uses quality Cannondale Mountain Bikes to conquer trails from easy rides on local country roads, to a rough ride through rocky terrain. We also offer varied trip lengths: shorter trips for those who just want to try it; longer trips for those who want to go out on a real adventure.

biking Where:Meet at the COPE Shed



Tues & Thurs 2-5pm

**Trips depart shortly after the meeting time, so BE ON TIME!!


Age: Any Age


What to Bring:

Water bottle

close-toed shoes

mountain boarding Mountain Boarding:When you combine snowboarding, with off-road tires, you get one exciting ride any time of year. Our Adventure Sports staff is on hand to give you instructions and tips. Take one ride down, or spend the whole session riding.


Where: Totem Pole near Climbing Tower


When:    Mon, Wed, & Fri 2-5pm

         Monday NIGHT 7pm-8:30pm


Age: Any age

mike engler     Adventure Sports Director: Mike Engler


This is Mike’s 24th year on camp staff at Ockanickon. In the past he has worked in the Trading Post, Dan Beard, Commissioner, Program Director, Assistant Camp Director, as well as his current position as Adventure Sports Director, which he has been for the last six years.  Mike currently holds the National Camp School COPE and Climbing Certifications.   He has taught on the National Camp School Staff for COPE and also for Program Directors.  Mike is also a certified special education teacher in the off-season, and has been teaching for the last 17 years.