These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on 01/01/2000.
To see the current requirements
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that
may occur during climbing activities, including hypothermia,
blisters, sprains, abrasions,and fractures.
- Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing,
and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a
helmet; rapellers must also wear gloves).
- Do the following:
- Explain the mountaineers (free climbers climbing classifications
and apply the classifications to the rock faces or walls
where you will demonstrate your climbing and rappelling
- Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider
weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface,
and any environmental hazards.
- Determine how to summon aid to the climbing area in
case of an emergency.
- Verbal signals. Explain the importance of using verbal
signals during every climb and rappel. With the help of the
merit badge counselor or another Scout, demonstrate the verbal
signals used by each of the following:
- Rope. Do the following:
- Describe the kind of rope acceptable for use in climbing
- Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.
- Discuss ways to prevent a rope from being damaged.
- Explain when and how a rope should be retired.
- Properly coil a rope.
- 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.
- Figure eight on a bight
- Figure eight follow-through
- Water knot
- Grapevine knot
- Bowline on a coil
- Harnesses. Correctly put on at least ONE of the following:
- Commercially made climbing harness
- Knotted leg-loop seat sling
- Swiss seat sling
- Diaper sling
- Belaying. Do the following:
- Explain the importance of belaying every climber and
- Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face
or climbing wall.
- Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face
or climbing wall.
- Climbing. Do the following:
- Show the correct way to tie into a belay rope.
- Climb at least three different routes on a rock face
or climbing wall, demonstrating good technique and using
verbal signals with a belayer.
- Rappelling. Do the following:
- Using carabiners and a rappel device, secure your climbing
harness or seat to a rappel rope.
- Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.
- 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.
- Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear
used for climbing, rappelling, and belaying.
BSA Advancement ID#: 133
Page updated on:
November 28, 2017