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Climbing - In-Person Class Notes

Please be courteous and arrive early for registration and instructions PRIOR to your scheduled class start time. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Your BSA ID # (not your Scoutbook ID #)
  • If you do not have your BSA ID # (or did not provide it with your online registration) you will need a Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scout Leader
  • Climbing Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Climbing merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Card Process, please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Climbing - Online Class Notes

Scoutmaster Bucky Online Class links will be sent out 12 to 24 hours prior to the class start time. Notification will be sent to the email address provided in the registration, so please make sure your email is correctly entered.

Please be courteous and arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time. Ensure that your internet connection, camera, microphone, and broadcasting environment are working and optimal for class participation. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Climbing Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of January 25, 2023

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT DUE TO THE SAFETY LEVEL REQUIRED FOR THIS MERIT BADGE CLASS, SCOUTS NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTION OR FAILING TO ADHERE TO CLASS INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE CLASS AND FORFEIT PARTICIPATION FEES AND THE PRIVILEGE OF CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE. PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL BE ASKED TO COME AND REMOVE SCOUT FROM THE EVENT.

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, concussions, 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. 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.

The safety knot is also known as a stopper knot

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 than 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 requirement.
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.