Climbing Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Climbing Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Climbing Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Climbing Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Climbing Merit Badge Workbook
Climbing Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Climbing Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Climbing Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Closed-toe shoes (i.e. tennis shoes or climbing shoes)

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in climbing and rappelling activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

b. 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.

c. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge as well as the ability to identify hazards likely to be encountered in climbing and rappelling activities.


2. Learn the Leave No Trace principles and Outdoor Code, and explain what they mean.

Scouts are highly encouraged to work on this requirement prior to the class.  While time will be allotted in the class to covering the principles of Leave No Trace and the Outdoor Code, it will be structured more as a review of these principles rather than an introduction.  Scouts should familiarize themselves with these if they are not already familiar and be prepared to explain what they mean.


3. Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet; rappellers can also wear gloves).

Scouts should bring and wear appropriate climbing attire. No open-toed shoes, sandals, or boots will be allowed; Scouts should have tennis shoes or climbing shoes in order to participate.  All other safety equipment will be provided by the facility for use during the class in order to complete this requirement.


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.

While this requirement will be covered in the class, Scouts should review their merit badge pamphlet and come with an understanding for explanation and discussion with the counselor during the class.


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

This requirement will be completed in the class and only Scouts displaying the competency of understanding these terms and properly demonstrating their use (with prior guidance from the counselor) will be able to complete this requirement.  Scouts failing to complete this requirement will not be allowed to continue on further requirements until mastery of these safety commands and procedures are successfully completed.


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.

Scouts should utilize their merit badge pamphlet to review the section on rope and come to the class with a knowledge to actively discuss components a thru d for this requirement.  Scouts will have an opportunity to learn and demonstrate their ability (requirement 6e) to coil a rope in class.


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.

Scouts should practice and be knowledgeable in the manner to which each of these knots are tied.  While some class time will be allotted to going over these knots, only those Scouts demonstrating their ability to tie each knot will be signed off only on those knots that they respectively are able to tie.  Below are each of these knots to reference and practice. Scouts should also be prepared to share their knowledge of what each knot might be best utilized for as it pertains to climbing and rappelling.











8. HARNESSES Correctly put on a commercially made climbing harness.

This requirement will be completed in the class under the direction of the climbing instructors and counselor.


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.

This requirement will be covered in the class and Scouts will have the opportunity to complete this requirement if they are able to mentally and physically complete each of the requirement's components. Please note that this requirement contains both mental and physical components and must be met successfully in order to be considered a possibility by the counselor to sign off on the requirement.


10. CLIMBING Do the following:

a. Show the correct way to directly 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.

An opportunity will be given to all Scouts to complete this requirement during the class. Every effort will be made to allow Scouts to complete this requirement in the time allotted. The class size and facility's capacity have been considered to allow all participants to have more then ample time to attempt completing this requirement in most cases. Please note that this requirement contains both mental and physical components and must be met successfully in order to successfully complete this requiremen.


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.

Scouts will all have an opportunity to attempt to complete this requirement.  As with the previous two requirements, successful completion is based off of both mental and physical ability, and only Scouts able to successfully complete each component will complete this requirement.


12. Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling, and belaying.

This requirement will be covered in the class, however Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet and have an understanding of proper storage and care practices for gear used in climbing, rappelling, and belaying and be prepared to discuss and demonstrate with the counselor.

this page last reviewed / updated: October 2017