The Climbing Merit Badge can be earned during the Summer Camp Program at Camp
Mountaineer or during a special weekend that your Scout group sets up with
us. The Merit Badge is available through Summer Camp Climbing and Rappelling
program only. NOTE: Project COPE participants are not able to finish
Climbing Merit Badge prior to leaving camp.
Climbing Merit Badge
Climbing Merit Badge
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that may occur
during climbing activities, including hypothermia, blisters, sprains,
abrasions, and fractures.
- Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and
rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet;
rappellers must also wear gloves).
- Location. Do the following:
- Explain the mountaineers (free climbers) climbing classifications
and apply the classifications to the rock faces or walls where
you will demonstrate your climbing and rappelling skills.
- Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider
weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface, and
any environmental hazards.
- Determine how to summon aid to the climbing area in case of an
- Verbal signals. Explain the importance of using verbal signals during
every climb and rappel. With the help of the merit badge counselor or
another Scout, demonstrate the verbal signals used by each of the
- Rope. Do the following:
- Describe the kind 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
- Grapevine knot
- Bowline on a coil
- Harnesses. Correctly put on at least ONE of the following:
- Commercially made climbing harness
- Knotted leg-loop seat sling
- Swiss seat sling
- Diaper sling
- Belaying. Do the following:
- Explain the importance of belaying every climber and rappeller.
- Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing
- Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or
- 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
- Rappelling. Do the following:
- Using carabiners and a rappel device, secure your climbing
harness or seat to a rappel rope.
- Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
- Rappel down three differenet 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, and belaying.
Requirements are current as of May 4, 1997 and are subject to change at any time.
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