A merit badge
for Boy scouts
. This is not a required badge for Eagle
. Taken from meritbadge.com:
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that may occur during climbing
activities, including hypothermia, blisters, sprains, snakebite, abrasions, fractures, and
insect bites or stings.
- Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Demonstrate
proper technique in performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
- Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e.,
appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet; rappellers must wear gloves).
- Location. Do the following:
- Explain how the difficulty of climbs is classified, and apply classifications to the
rock faces or walls where you will demonstrate your climbing skills.
- Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.
- Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider weather, visibility, the
condition of the climbing surface, and any other environmental hazards.
- Determine how to summon aid to the climbing area in case of an emergency.
- 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:
- Boulderers and their spotters
- Rope. Do the following:
- Describe the kinds of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.
- Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.
- Discuss ways to prevent a rope from being damaged.
- Explain when and how a rope should be retired.
- Properly coil a rope.
- 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.
- Figure eight on a bight
- Figure eight follow-through
- Water knot
- Double fisherman's knot (Grapevine knot)
- Harnesses. Correctly put on at least ONE of the following:
- Commercially made climbing harness
- Tied harness
- Belaying. Do the following:
- Explain the importance of belaying every climber and rappeller.
- Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.
- Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall.
- Climbing. Do the following:
- Show the correct way to tie into a belay rope.
- Climb at least three different routes on a rock face or climbing wall, demonstrating
good technique and using verbal signals with belayer.
- Rappelling. Do the following:
- Using carabiners and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness or tied harness to a
- Tie in to a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
- 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.
- Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling,