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Climbing Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Climbing Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Climbing merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1 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.
Most likely hazards
Anticipate hazards
Prevent hazards
Mitigate hazards
Respond to hazards
Requirement 1 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.
Heat reactions
Cold reactions
Stopped breathing
Rope burns
Insect bites or stings
Requirement 1 c: Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person.
Requirement 2: Learn the Leave No Trace principles and Outdoor Code, and explain what they mean.
Leave No Trace principles
Outdoor Code
Requirement 3: Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet; rappellers can also wear gloves).

Requirement 4: Location. Do the following:

Requirement 4 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.
How the difficulty of climbs is classified
Applied classifications to the rock faces or walls where you will demonstrate your climbing skills
Requirement 4 b: Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.
Top-rope climbing
Lead climbing
Requirement 4 c: Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface, and any other environmental hazards.
Requirement 4 d: Determine how to summon aid to the climbing area in case of an emergency.

Requirement 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:

Importance of using verbal signals during every climb and rappel, and while bouldering
Demonstrate the verbal signals
a. Climbers
b. Rappellers
c. Belayers
d. Boulderers and their spotters
Requirement 5 a: Climbers
Requirement 5 b: Rappellers
Requirement 5 c: Belayers
Requirement 5 d: Boulderers and their spotters

Requirement 6: Rope. Do the following:

Requirement 6 a: Describe the kinds of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.
Requirement 6 b: Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.
Requirement 6 c: Discuss ways to prevent a rope from being damaged.
Requirement 6 d: Explain when and how a rope should be retired.
Requirement 6 e: Properly coil a rope.

Requirement 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.

Demonstrated the ability to tie
How used in belaying, climbing, or rappellilng
a. Figure eight on a bight
b. Figure eight follow-through
c. Water knot
d. Double fisherman's knot (grapevine knot)
e. Safety knot

Requirement 8: Harnesses. Correctly put on a commercially made climbing harness.


Requirement 9: Belaying. Do the following:

Requirement 9 a: Explain the importance of belaying climbers and rappellers and when it is necessary.
Requirement 9 b: Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.
First climber
Second climber
Third climber
Requirement 9 c: Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall using a top rope.
First rappeller
Second rappeller
Third rappeller

Requirement 10: Climbing. Do the following:

Requirement 10 a: Show the correct way to directly tie into a belay rope.
Requirement 10 b: Climb at least three different routes on a rock face or climbing wall, demonstrating good technique and using verbal signals with a belayer.
First route
Second route
Third route

Requirement 11: Rappelling. Do the following:

Requirement 11 a: Using a carabiner and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness to a rappel rope.
Requirement 11 b: Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
Requirement 11 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.
First rock face or rappel route
Second rock face or rappel route
Third rock face or rappel route
Requirement 12: Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling, and belaying.