Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Climbing Merit Badge






  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.

Climbing Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.