Teach belaying, have each boy try it at least twice
T-1 weeks prior to the trip:
Teach the calls
Have each boy belay at least twice more
Have each boy demonstrate figure-eight follow-thru
At the gym:
Have each boy belay a dead weight, until comfortable
Have each boy belay a person, until comfortable
Have each boy pass the belay test
We generally run three (3) of these trips per year.
All boys are required to pass/re-pass the belay test the first two (2) times they visit the gym.
Climbing Merit Badge:
The following are the Climbing Merit Badge requirements taken from:
The topics have been rearranged for optimal teaching over two meetings prior to a rock climbing trip,
where the belaying/climbing/rappelling may be demonstrated by the boys. Like the "Basic Introductory Trip",
The troop should:
secure competent teacher(s)
arrange a trip (NOTE: This may coincide with a "Basic Trip").
schedule two (2) meetings prior to the trip to cover the requirements.
a spreadsheet is VERY USEFUL showing:
participants in the first column
requirements in the first row
date completed in the intersecting cells
write & copy handouts for the boys. Our three(3) double-sided pages include:
Merit Badge requirements
Diagrams of required knots
Belaying & belay devices
The following requirements are completed in the prerequisite First Aid Merit Badge:
1. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that may occur during climbing
activities, including hypothermia, blisters, sprains, snakebite, abrasions, fractures, and
insect bites or stings.
2. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Demonstrate
proper technique in performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
Teach the following knots on the first night and have the boys demonstrate the knots on the second night:
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.
7a. Figure eight on a bight
7b. Figure eight follow-through
7c. Water knot
7d. Double fishermanıs knot (Grapevine knot)
The following topics get taught over the two nights prior to the rock climbing trip:
4. Location. Do the following:
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.
4b. Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.
4c. Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider weather, visibility, the
condition of the climbing surface, and any other environmental hazards.
4d. 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:
5d. Boulderers and their spotters
6. Rope. Do the following:
6a. Describe the kind of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.
6b. Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.
6c. Discuss ways to prevent a rope from being damaged.
6d. Explain when and how a rope should be retired.
6e. Properly coil a rope.
12. Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling,
Do the following requirements at the gym:
3. Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e.,
appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet; rapellers must wear gloves).
8. Harnesses. Correctly put on at least ONE of the following:
8a. Commercially made climbing harness
8b. Tied harness
9. Belaying. Do the following:
9a. Explain the importance of belaying every climber and rappeller.
9b. Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.
9c. Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall.
10. Climbing. Do the following:
10a. Show the correct way to tie into a belay rope.
10b. 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:
11a. Using carabiners and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness or tied harness to a
11b. Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
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.
The "Climbing Merit Badge" is a pre-requisite for any boy interested
in attending these trips:
Ice Climbing, Cathedral Ledge, NConway NH
Ice Climbing, Rumney Cliffs, Rumney NH
Ice Climbing, Newfound Lake, Hebron NH
Advanced Rock Climbing, Rumney Cliffs, Rumney NH
Advanced Rock Climbing, Jockey's Cap, Freyburg ME
Advanced Rock Climbing, College Rocks, Hopkington MA
Advanced Rock Climbing, Hammond Pond, Newton MA
These topics are meant as "general interest". Most are in the category of "Show-n-Tell".