Rock Climbing Scout Interest Badge

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Badge requirements[edit]

Rock Climber Interest Badge
  1. Anchors
    Demonstrate an ability to choose suitable anchors in a variety of situations, including the use of:
    1. spikes and blocks,
    2. threads, chockstones and trees,
    3. stakes, bolts and points and be able to connect the climber to these anchors.
  2. Belaying
    Be able to:
    1. set up sound belay systems to single and multiple anchors.
    2. connect oneself and others to the anchors.
    3. set up top and bottom rope systems.
    4. demonstrate a variety of belay techniques, and choose the most appropriate devices for given situation.
    5. demonstrate an ability to hold falls and perform lowers.
  3. Abseiling
    Be able to:
    1. choose an appropriate site taking into account take off, loose rock, environment impact and effect on the climbing resources.
    2. set up fixed and releasable abseils.
    3. choose and fit suitable harnesses and sling arrangements.
    4. demonstrate the operation of a variety of friction devices and choose the most appropriate device for the given situation.
    5. identify and solve common abseiling problems including tangles, jamming, inadvertent locking and pendules.
    6. safeguard oneself and one’s partner.
  4. Climbing
    Be able to:
    1. read and interpret guide books effectively.
    2. choose and climb routes suited to their ability.
    3. move confidently on rock grade 14-15(F1).
    4. place suitable runners to protect a lead and arrange appropriate belays to protect a second.
    5. have a basic knowledge of the safety chain and fall factors.
    6. safeguard oneself and one’s partner.
  5. Communication
    Be able to organise and carry out effective communication between climbers using recognized climbing calls.
  6. Access, Conservation and Etiquette
    The Scout should:
    1. understand and be able to use information contained in current guide books.
    2. be familiar with and observe current access and conservation guidelines.
    3. be able to demonstrate good practice in the conservation of the crag environment so as to leave it in an improved condition.
    4. be aware of locally important historical sites and features, species of plants and animals.
    5. be aware of local climbing ethics, particularly those relating to signal pitch crags.
    6. be aware of the need to operate in a style which minimizes the impact on, and risk to, other climber.
  7. Emergency Procedures
    Be able to describe a variety of possible emergency situations, explain how to best stabilize them and how to summon local expert assistance.
  8. Equipment
    Be familiar with static and dynamic ropes, harnesses, slings, friction devices, nuts and camming devices, and explain how to care for and maintain them.


NB Attention of Scouts & Scouters is drawn to the requirements of Rule 1102.1


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