Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, Level 2 Climbing Director for BSA, Level 2 C.O.P.E. Director for BSA, BSA C.O.P.E./Climbing Program Manager, LNT Trainer, Taking AMGA SPI Course & Assessment Spring 2018
Chadd was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. His love of the outdoors began when he was a Boy Scout and his Troop would take many backpacking and camping trips. Then in 1983 he found his lifelong passion when he was introduced to climbing on a Troop outing. Climbing started as a hobby for Chadd and eventually became a lifelong pursuit.
Chadd took his passion for climbing in 1995 and became a BSA Climbing Director, a BSA C.O.P.E. (Challenge Course) Director and started working as a part-time guide. In 2007 Chadd was asked to be an Instructor at The BSA’s National Camping School for the Climbing Director Section where he would train future Climbing Directors. Ever since then he has been an Instructor for the Climbing Director Section at a couple National Camping Schools per year. He has taught the program in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland. Chadd also served on the Climbing Staff for 4 Boy Scout National Jamborees and will be on Staff for the upcoming World Jamboree in West Virginia. He is currently the Program Manager for Susquehanna Council, BSA C.O.P.E./Climbing program and is a Regional TPE (Training Program Evaluator) for the Boy Scouts of America.
When he is not in the outdoors Chadd is the Head Route Setter at Milton Rock Gym and coaches the youth climbing team. Chadd is also a Leave No Trace Trainer, an active volunteer leader in the BSA, a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society and works at the local BSA summer camp for 2 months during the summer.
Chadd’s passion for climbing has trickled down to his children and it is a sport that they share together. In fact, his son Damon Sechler is also at Valley to Summit guide. He has been all over the country climbing but his favorite areas are The New River Gorge, Seneca and The Red River Gorge.