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Crate stacking

Create with crates, then harness up, pop on a helmet, and begin the climb.

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Handy hints

  • Make sure the venue you’re going has accessible and inclusive equipment for everyone in you group. People come in all shapes and sizes, no matter what age, and may have additional needs, so make sure you share your group’s needs with your provider. They can then have the correct equipment ready for you when you arrive.
  • Support on the ground, and from your teammates. Crate stacking needs everybody to support each other, whether you are on the ground helping pass up the crates or give instructions, or up in the air helping support each other to build the stack. Make sure everyone helps each other to build the stack of crates.

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Standing on top of the stack, how high can you build it before it comes crashing down? Requiring balance and confidence, this activity will push you to your personal limits whilst encouraging team working and communication.

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Safety

You must always:
Be safe outdoors:
  • Check the weather forecast
High ropes:
  • Check the definitions for high ropes in POR 9.12.5 and follow the relevant rules for delivering the activity
Joint activities with other organisations:
This activity can be led by you or someone else in Scouts
You can go to a centre or use an activity leader who is not part of Scouting:
You must find a suitable provider who meets the following requirements:
  • The centre/instructor should hold one of these:
    • European Ropes Course Association - accredited provider
    • Adventure Mark - centre
  • The provider must have public liability insurance.

Guidance

High Ropes

Reflection

Crate climbing needed people to be courageous. Did anyone have any worries before they began? What helped people to face their fears and give it a go? People may have found it helpful to watch someone else try it out first, set their own limits, or understand how the harness would keep them safe. Did anyone surprise themselves by manging more than they expected, or finding it more fun than they thought it would be?

Crate climbing also needed everyone to work as a team. The team on the ground were really important to the process of the person climbing. What important roles did they play? People might think about how they passed up crates, gave people advice, or sent up words of encouragement. Did people expect that the people on the ground would play such an important part?

Get in touch with your local provider to chat through the needs of people in your group – make sure you give them plenty of notice. Many outdoor centres have facilities that cater for people with additional needs and experienced instructors to help everyone achieve their goals.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Anyone who enjoyed the challenge of crate climbing could get stuck into another activity that gets their feet off the ground. How about an aerial runway or high ropes?