Boy Scout Group Rock Climbing

Bring your troop to Joshua Tree National Park for a day of learning and adventure! Uprising Adventure Guides works with Scouts on the requirements for their Climbing Merit Badge…from knots, ropes, harnesses, climbing and rappelling to hazards, safety and “Leave No Trace” practices. Uprising Adventure Guides are “youth protection certified” through BSA for boys and girls rock climbing merit badges and electives. *All climbing equipment provided. Reservations and tour permits are required for all programs. Guide-to-client ratio: 1:5 maximum. Prerequisites: To meet prerequisites, Scouts must have read the rock climbing merit badge requirements and have practiced three knots; figure eight/figure eight follow through, fisherman’s and water knot.

BSA Climbing Merit Badge Requirements
BSA Merit Badge Blue Card
Leave No Trace


BSA Youth Protection
BSA Youth Protection Certified


AMGA SPI Instructor

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certified

Bouldering Boy Scouts make cleanup part of park visit

by Jene Estrada, Hi-Desert Star    Jan 24, 2019 “The troop volunteered for this. They’ve been using this weekend to pick up trash at the camping and picnic areas, along the hiking trails and more,” said Sue Cram, owner of Uprising Adventure Guides. Cram has a long history of working with Boy Scouts and met up with the troop on Sunday to get the kids scaling the Joshua Tree boulders. …read full story

COVID-19 NOTICE: Since 1999, Uprising Adventure Guides has taken the safety and well-being of our clients seriously. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic we are following San Bernardino County and California state recommendations and have implemented some additional protocol to help ensure our clients safety and wellness. As people are eager and seeking ways to be continue being active, climbing and hiking offer some options for safely being active outdoors.

Uprising Adventure Guides (UAG) has implemented the following:

  1. Masks are to be worn by guides and guests when safe social distancing cannot be adhered to.
  2. Climbing gear from UAG used by guests is sanitized prior to each use.
  3. Our guides perform temperature checks prior to meeting guests and evaluate if they may be experiencing any potential symptoms.

Considering your time with UAG is spent outdoors, we are confident these measures will provide assurance that your safety and well-being is a top priority to us!

A FABULOUS climbing adventure for 16 Boy Scouts

Review of Uprising Adventure Guides Reviewed March 7, 2019 We had 16 scouts and 3 adults climb with Uprising. Absolutely TERRIFIC. Easy to work with and terrific VERY SAFE competent instructors. All 16 of our scouts earned their Climbing Merit Badge in the full spirit of the requirements. We are already looking at scheduling an event next year and recommended them to other Boy Scout Troops. Our 6 adults who watched the process could not have been more pleased. All around “win”. Date of experience: March 2019


Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America

I took a group of first-timer BSA families to climb with Uprising and we had the best time! Sue was great with the booking process – very flexible yet thorough. On the day of the climb we met Sue & our guides at the site and they were totally prepared with several routes up the rock set up with ropes in advance so we could get straight to the fun. Then they set us up with all the gear, talked all about safety and walked us through the process step by step so we felt comfortable and safe knowing what to do and how to do it. Sue and the guides were very patient, kind, encouraging and above all – knowledgeable. You could tell they love what they do. Such a great day and such a great vibe with the guides. Everyone in our group from the kids to the parents had an awesome day and can’t wait to do it again! Several of our Scouts earned their Climbing Merit Badge because Sue and crew are certified MB Counselors so that was terrific. I am definitely bringing another group back to Uprising next year! Thanks Sue and crew!!!

Glen McDorman

Scout Leader, BSA

Quality with a smile

Review of Uprising Adventure Guides Reviewed January 30, 2019 It’s always nice when you find good people who love what they do and want to share their knowledge and experience. Recently spent the day with them and our Scout Troop. All of their instructors were great with our Scouts and climbing parents. Thank you! Date of experience: January 2019

Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America