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:1. Do the following:
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::a. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur during climbing activities, including heat and cold reactions, dehydration, stopped breathing, sprains, abrasions, fractures, rope burns, blisters, snakebite, and insect bites or stings.
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::b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person.
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:3. Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet; rappellers and belayers must also wear gloves).
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::a. Explain how the difficulty of climbs is classified, and apply classifications to the rock faces or walls where you will demonstrate your climbing skills.
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::b. Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.
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::c. Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface, and any other environmental hazards.
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::d. Determine how to summon aid to the climbing area in case of an emergency.
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:5. '''Verbal signals.''' Explain the importance of using verbal signals during every climb and rappel, and while bouldering. With the help of the merit badge counselor or another Scout, demonstrate the verbal signals used by each of the following:
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::d. Boulderers and their spotters
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:6. '''Rope.''' Do the following:
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::a. Describe the kinds of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.
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::b. Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.
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::e. Properly coil a rope.
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:7. '''Knots.''' Demonstrate the ability to tie each of the following knots. Give at least one example of how each knot is used in belaying, climbing, or rappelling.
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::a. Figure eight on a bight
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::c. Water knot
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::e. Safety knot
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:8. '''Harnesses.''' Correctly put on at least ONE of the following:
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::a. Commercially made climbing harness
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::b. Tied harness
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:9. '''Belaying.''' Do the following:
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::a. Explain the importance of belaying climbers and rappellers and when it is necessary.
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::b. Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.
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::c. Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall using a top rope.
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:10. '''Climbing.''' Do the following:
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::b. Climb at least three different routes on a rock face or climbing wall, demonstrating good technique and using verbal signals with a belayer.
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::b. Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
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::c. Rappel down three different rock faces or three rappel routes on a climbing wall. Use verbal signals to communicate with a belayer, and demonstrate good rappelling technique.
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:12. Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling, and belaying.
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''Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)''
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Remember that Climbing is a Merit Badge that should be attempted by Older Boys
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== Notes ==
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Age Appropriate Guideline from Climb on Safely
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# See the [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss09.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Climbing and Rappelling]
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# [[Climb On Safely]]
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# [http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Media/FactSheets/02-578.aspx Scouting and Climbing]
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# [[Age-Appropriate Guidelines]]
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# [[Venturers]] can earn the [[Mountaineering (Ranger Award elective)]]
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# In 1963, Eagle Scout '''Jim Whittaker''' was the first American to summit Mt. Everest.
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'''CUB SCOUTS'''
 
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• Bouldering no higher than the climber’s shoulder height, with trained adult spotters.
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*[http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss09.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Climbing and Rappelling]
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'''1: First Aid'''<br>
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'''1a'''. [[Heat Reactions]] - [[Cold Reactions]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Stopped Breathing]] - [[Sprains]] - [[Abrasions]] - [[Fractures]] - [[Rope Burns]] - [[Blisters]] - [[Snakebite]] - [[Insect Bites]] - [[Stings]]<br>
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'''1b'''. [[CPR]]
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'''2'''. [[Leave No Trace]] - [[Outdoor Code]]<br>
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'''4c'''. Safety: [[Climb On Safely]] - [http://www.scouting.org/healthandsafety/gss/gss09.aspx Guide to Safe Scouting: Climbing and Rappelling]
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• Climbing in a climbing gym or using a portable wall or other age-appropriate
 
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• Bouldering no higher than the climber’s shoulder height, with trained adult
 
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'''Please note that 10 1/2 year old Boy Scouts are still considered Webelos for Climbing Activities'''
 
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In 1963 '''Jim Whittaker''' Was the first American to summit Mt. Everest. Jim was and Is and Eagle SCout.
 
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== Help with these requirements ==
 
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Read the Merit Badge Book ''2006 Edition'',
 
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Complete First AId Merit Badge,
 
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Learn your Knots.
 
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All of these should be finished '''before''' going to your counselor. The knot tying is time comsuming and a counselor really appreciates a scout that took the time to learn them before taking the MB
 
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'''Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills''' Graydon and Hanson editors
 
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'''Topping Out''': Boy Scouts of America
 
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*[http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Media/FactSheets/02-578.aspx Scouting and Climbing]
*[http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/20-099/ Climb On Safely - A Guide to Unit Climbing and Rappelling]
*[http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/20-099/ Climb On Safely - A Guide to Unit Climbing and Rappelling]
*[http://www.animatedknots.com/ Animated Knots by Grog]
*[http://www.animatedknots.com/ Animated Knots by Grog]
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*[http://www.laurelcaverns.com/ Laurel Caverns]
*[http://www.dutchsprings.com/northstar/boyscout.php/ NorthStar Adventure, Bethlehem, PA]
*[http://www.dutchsprings.com/northstar/boyscout.php/ NorthStar Adventure, Bethlehem, PA]
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# '''Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills''' Graydon and Hanson editors
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# '''Topping Out''': Boy Scouts of America
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/belay+device.html Belay Devices]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/bouldering.html Bouldering and Top-Roping]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/caring+for+your+carabiners.html Carabiner Care]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/communication+climbing.html Communication for Climbing]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/indoor+climbing.html Gym Climbing]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/climbing+harness.html Harnesses]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/climbing+helmet.html Helmets]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/hydrate.html Hydration]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ice+climbing+waterfalls+alpine+walls.html Ice Climbing]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/learning+climb+outdoors.html Learning How to Climb Outdoors]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/mountaineering+summit+adventures.html Mountaineering Basics]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/rock+climbing+glossary.html Rock Climbing Glossary]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/rock+shoes.html Rock Shoes]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ropes.html Ropes]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/sport+climbing+basics.html Sport Climbing]
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* [http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/traditional+climbing+basics.html Traditional Climbing]
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Resources include the Climbing merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Climbing merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Venturers can also complete the Mountaineering and Cave Exploration electives for the Ranger Award

Climbing merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1997
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 133
Requirements revision: 2007
Latest pamphlet revision: 2006

Contents

Climbing is not a sport that requires tremendous muscular strength; it demands mental toughness and the willingness to practice hard to master a set of skills. The adventure of climbing can also provide a new way to enjoy the outdoors.


Climbing merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur during climbing activities, including heat and cold reactions, dehydration, stopped breathing, sprains, abrasions, fractures, rope burns, blisters, snakebite, and insect bites or stings.
    b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person.
  2. Learn the Leave No Trace principles and Outdoor Code, and explain what they mean.
  3. Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet; rappellers and belayers must also wear gloves).
  4. Location. Do the following:
    a. Explain how the difficulty of climbs is classified, and apply classifications to the rock faces or walls where you will demonstrate your climbing skills.
    b. Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.
    c. Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface, and any other environmental hazards.
    d. Determine how to summon aid to the climbing area in case of an emergency.
  5. Verbal signals. Explain the importance of using verbal signals during every climb and rappel, and while bouldering. With the help of the merit badge counselor or another Scout, demonstrate the verbal signals used by each of the following:
    a. Climbers
    b. Rappellers
    c. Belayers
    d. Boulderers and their spotters
  6. Rope. Do the following:
    a. Describe the kinds of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.
    b. Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.
    c. Discuss ways to prevent a rope from being damaged.
    d. Explain when and how a rope should be retired.
    e. Properly coil a rope.
  7. Knots. Demonstrate the ability to tie each of the following knots. Give at least one example of how each knot is used in belaying, climbing, or rappelling.
    a. Figure eight on a bight
    b. Figure eight follow-through
    c. Water knot
    d. Double fisherman's knot (grapevine knot)
    e. Safety knot
  8. Harnesses. Correctly put on at least ONE of the following:
    a. Commercially made climbing harness
    b. Tied harness
  9. Belaying. Do the following:
    a. Explain the importance of belaying climbers and rappellers and when it is necessary.
    b. Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.
    c. Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall using a top rope.
  10. Climbing. Do the following:
    a. Show the correct way to tie into a belay rope.
    b. Climb at least three different routes on a rock face or climbing wall, demonstrating good technique and using verbal signals with a belayer.
  11. Rappelling. Do the following:
    a. Using a carabiner and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness to a rappel rope.
    b. Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
    c. Rappel down three different rock faces or three rappel routes on a climbing wall. Use verbal signals to communicate with a belayer, and demonstrate good rappelling technique.
  12. Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling, and belaying.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Climbing is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Climbing requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. See the Guide to Safe Scouting: Climbing and Rappelling
  2. Climb On Safely
  3. Scouting and Climbing
  4. Age-Appropriate Guidelines
  5. Venturers can earn the Mountaineering (Ranger Award elective)
  6. In 1963, Eagle Scout Jim Whittaker was the first American to summit Mt. Everest.
  7. Climbing is a popular merit badge.



Requirement resources

1: First Aid
1a. Heat Reactions - Cold Reactions - Dehydration - Stopped Breathing - Sprains - Abrasions - Fractures - Rope Burns - Blisters - Snakebite - Insect Bites - Stings
1b. CPR

2. Leave No Trace - Outdoor Code
4c. Safety: Climb On Safely - Guide to Safe Scouting: Climbing and Rappelling


Related awards

Sports-related awards


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


External links

  1. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills Graydon and Hanson editors
  2. Topping Out: Boy Scouts of America



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