Challenge Program Scouting Workshops 


 climbtower The Challenge Program at the Ohio University Campus is a great place to plan an outing for your troop. If you have climbing merit badge work to complete, our Scouts Climbing Workshop is designed to meet the requirements of the national scouting merit badge standards. This workshop is offered in one six-hour session or as two three-hour sessions. Also, our high ropes course is a perfect option for a new Venture Crew activity, or if you want to build a better team with your members and volunteers, the low ropes course is a fun and challenging experience for a wide range of ages.


Scouts Climbing Workshop Outline

  1. Climbing Basic
            - Ropes/knots/equipment
             -Climbing commands
  2. Climbing techniques/skills
        -Practice climbing skills
        -Practice belay skills
        -Rappel Basics
            Safety equipment
  3. Practice rappel skills


During your stay in the Athens area, you can also work on merit badge skills for orienteering, camping, survival, canoeing, birding, or forestry on over 600 acres of forested University property, or at nearby Strouds Run and Lake Hope state parks. If you are in need of camping or canoeing gear, equipment rental is available through Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits Rental Center. For older scouts that are considering college, tours of the Ohio University campus can be arranged in advance at no cost.

If your troop is ready to rough it, several local primitive camping areas are a short drive away. Additional primitive camping near the Ohio University Campus may be available; inquire for more details.

Local Camping Options:

Lake Hope State Park
27331 State Route 278
McArthur, OH 45651
Cabin rentals, tent camping, swimming, boating, hiking trail. Located 18 miles outside of Athens.
Lake Snowden
P.O. Box 106
Albany, OH 45710
Tent camping, swimming, boating, horse trails. Located 5 miles outside of Athens.
Strouds Run State Park
11661 State Park Road
Athens, OH 45701
Tent camping, boating, swimming, hiking trails. Located 7 miles outside of Athens.