These were the REQUIREMENTS before the REVISIONS
made when a new pamphlet was issued during 2006
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REQUIREMENTS were previously REVISED as of January
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- 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.
- 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.
- Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing,
and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a
helmet; rapellers must wear gloves).
- Location. Do the following:
- Explain how the difficulty of climbs is classified,
and apply classifications to the rock faces or walls where
you will demonstrate your climbing skills.
- Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing,
- Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider
weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface,
and any other 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, and while
bouldering. With the help of the merit badge counselor or another
Scout, demonstrate the verbal signals used by each of the following:
- Boulderers and their spotters
- 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
- Double fisherman╣s knot (Grapevine knot)
- Harnesses. Correctly put on at least ONE
of the following:
- Commercially made climbing harness
- Tied harness
- 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 tied harness 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
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1999
Requirements last updated in 2000