Scouts Rock Climbing and Rappelling Merit Badge

Boy_Scout_Climbing_Merit_Badge_PictureFox Mountain Guides and Climbing School offers the Scouts ‘Climbing Merit Badge’ and rock climbing and rappelling trips for Boy and Girl Scout groups across the Southeast. We offer Climbing and rappelling trips year round in locations throughout the southeast and supply all the equipment and AMGA Certified Instructors. We can help you build an amazing camp program and even organize you a campsite near our base in Pisgah Forest, NC if you wish. We have run single and multi-day programs for Scout troops for years and would love to help you organize your next scouting adventure!

"Fox Mountain Guides has proven itself a friend of Scouting and Venturing.  FMG Guides have introduced a world of adventure in the mountains to countless Scouts and Venturers.  Whether guiding a high adventure group or instructing Scouters in skills classes, the professionalism and competence of FMG’s Guides serves as an example to young people and all outdoor leaders." - Joe Libra, NC Scout Leader

Fox Mountain Guides founder Adam Fox has been involved in Scouting all his life and has been a Venture Scout Chairman and a Scout leader in the United Kingdom and Australia as well as the Mountaineering Advisor in charge of Scout Leader climbing and mountaineering training for Buxton District Scouts in the UK in the early 90's. Adam has also been working with the BSA on the national climbing program standards.

Key Points:

  • We are incredibly competitively priced, starting at just $60 a person
  • All equipment is included.
  • We are the only Climbing School in the Southeast Accredited by the AMGA.
  • Our Instructors exceed the requirements for qualified instructors required by the BSA.
  • Our Guides have years of experience working with Scouts. Some are ex School Teachers and Scout Leaders.

Availability: 12 months of the year

Cost: from $60 for 2Hr Programs (available at Chimney Rock Park location), $75 for Half day, $85 Full Day.


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Climbing Merit Badge Requirements (Updated 2010)     

Do the following:

a. 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.

b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person.

Learn the Leave No Trace principles and Outdoor Code, and explain what they mean.

Present yourself properly dressed for belaying, climbing, and rappelling (i.e., appropriate clothing, footwear, and a helmet; rappellers and belayers must also wear gloves).

Location. Do the following:

a. Explain how the difficulty of climbs is classified, and apply classifications to the rock faces or walls where you will demonstrate your climbing skills.

b. Explain the following: top-rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering.

c. Evaluate the safety of a particular climbing area. Consider weather, visibility, the condition of the climbing surface, and any other environmental hazards.

d. 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:

a. Climbers

b. Rappellers

c. Belayers

d. Boulderers and their spotters

Rope. Do the following:

a. Describe the kinds of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.

b. Show how to examine a rope for signs of wear or damage.

c. Discuss ways to prevent a rope from being damaged.

d. Explain when and how a rope should be retired.

e. 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.

a. Figure eight on a bight

b. Figure eight follow-through

c. Water knot

d. Double fisherman's knot (grapevine knot)

e. Safety knot

Harnesses. Correctly put on at least ONE of the following:

a. Commercially made climbing harness

b. Tied harness

Belaying. Do the following:

a. Explain the importance of belaying climbers and rappellers and when it is necessary.

b. Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.

c. Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall using a top rope.

Climbing. Do the following:

a. Show the correct way to tie into a belay rope.

b. 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:

a. Using a carabiner and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness to a rappel rope.

b. Tie into a belay rope set up to protect rappellers.

c. 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.