Rock Climbing badge
(Discover the Outdoors)
 by Abby Olson - Eagle, Troop #101

In activities such as Rock Climbing, it is essential to always ensure the safety of climbers. Adequate knowledge, enough preparation, and physical and mental readiness are necessary before taking the climb. You must also understand the risks associated with the sport and know how to deal with certain situations. This badge should only be completed under the supervision of a certified rock climbing instructor.

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)



Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.*  Go rock climbing on an artificial rock climbing wall or  boulder with the help of an adult. Learn the Leave No Trace principles and explain what they mean.
_____ 2.* Discuss why it is important to always rock climb with an adult. What kind of injuries can occur during rock climbing? Learn to dress appropriately for rock climbing. Should you wear a helmet? What kind of footwear should you wear? How about gloves?
Otter:  Do four requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2.*   Find out what role each person plays in climbing and what their responsibilities are.
•        Climbers
•        Rappellers
•        Belayers
•        Boulderers and their spotters
Dolphin:  Do five requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.  Explain the importance of using verbal signals when climbing.   Demonstrate he verbal signals of each of the following:
•        Climbers
•        Rappellers
•        Belayers
•        Boulderers and their spotters
_____ 2.*  Learn what you should do in case of an emergency on the wall. Learn first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur during climbing activities, including heat and cold reactions, dehydration, stopped breathing, abrasions, sprains, rope burns, blisters, snakebites, fractures, and insect bites or stings. Know how to summon help to the climbing area in case of an emergency.
Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. Show the correct way to directly tie into a belay rope.
_____ 2.*  Know what types of rope is used in climbing and rappelling.  Explain how to ensure the rope is safe to use.  What should you look out for.  Explain proper care and maintenance of ropes used for climbing.    Properly coil a rope. Learn to tie the following knots used for rock climbing, belaying, and repelling. What are they used for?
  •  Figure eight on a bight
  •  Figure eight follow-through
  • Clove Hitch
  • Water knot
  • Double fisherman's knot (grapevine knot)
  • Safety knot
Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2.*  Learn how to evaluate the safety of a particular area. Consider the weather, visibility, condition of climbing surface, as well as any of environmental hazards.  Learn to properly store your gear, harness, ropes, and helmets.  Climb a rock face using at least three different routes.

Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2


_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  What careers are available for rock climbers? What kind of education, if any, do you need? How much does the average rock climber make in a year?
_____ 4.  Learn about the 5 different harnesses. What are they used for. Are there harnesses used specially for beginners or children as opposed to more advanced or intermediate climbers?
_____ 5.  Watch a movie or read a book on a famous mountain climber or a climbing expedition. What mountain did they climb? What are they famous for? Write a summary on the movie or book. A few sentences for penguins and otters, two paragraphs for dolphins, and a full page for butterflies, eagles, and owls.
_____ 6.  Create a game or activity that will help others learn about the different equipment used in climbing.
_____ 7.  Go rock climbing on an indoor wall and then on actual rocks outdoors. What is the difference between the two? Was one particularly easier than the other? Share you findings with others.
_____ 8.  What are the hardest mountains in the world to climb? What makes them so hard? Height, weather, or maybe vertical slopes?
_____ 9.  Are there any cultures around the world that encourage climbing more than others? Why? How about the ratio of men to women climbers? Why do you think that normally men are more encouraged than women to climb?
_____ 10.  Explain how the difficulty of climbs are classified, and apply classifications to the rock faces or walls where you will demonstrate your climbing skills.
_____ 11. Learn the differences between top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.
_____ 12.  Using a carabiner and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness to a rappel rope.   Tie in to a belay rope set up to protect rappellers and 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.
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