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Climbing Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 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 1a: 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.
Requirement 1b: 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.
Requirement 1c: 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.
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 4a: Explain how the difficulty of climbs is classified, and apply classifications to the rock faces or walls where you will demonstrate your climbing skills.
Requirement 4b: Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.
Requirement 4c: Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface, and any other environmental hazards.
Requirement 4d: 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:
Requirement 5a: Climbers
Requirement 5b: Rappellers
Requirement 5c: Belayers
Requirement 5d: Boulderers and their spotters
Requirement 6: **Rope.** Do the following:
Requirement 6a: Describe the kinds of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.
Requirement 6b: Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.
Requirement 6c: Discuss ways to prevent a rope from being damaged.
Requirement 6d: Explain when and how a rope should be retired.
Requirement 6e: 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.
Requirement 7a: Figure eight on a bight
Requirement 7b: Figure eight follow-through
Requirement 7c: Water knot
Requirement 7d: Double fisherman's knot (grapevine knot)
Requirement 7e: Safety knot
Requirement 8: **Harnesses.** Correctly put on a commercially made climbing harness.
Requirement 9: **Belaying.** Do the following:
Requirement 9a: Explain the importance of belaying climbers and rappellers and when it is necessary.
Requirement 9b: Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.
Requirement 9c: Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall using a top rope.
Requirement 10: **Climbing.** Do the following:
Requirement 10a: Show the correct way to directly tie into a belay rope.
Requirement 10b: Climb at least three different routes on a rock face or climbing wall, demonstrating good technique and using verbal signals with a belayer.
Requirement 11: **Rappelling.** Do the following:
Requirement 11a: Using a carabiner and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness to a rappel rope.
Requirement 11b: Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
Requirement 11c: 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.
Requirement 12: Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling, and belaying.