Scout Name: _________________________________________________ Unit #: _______________ Date: _______________
Requirements Last Revised: 1/1/00 Climbing - Page 1 of 1
Merit Badge Requirements
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear and a helmet;
rappellers must 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 environmental hazards.
C) 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:
D) Boulders and their spotters
6) Rope. Do the following:
A) Describe the kind 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. Demons