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Climber Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

  1. Complete at least four different climbs, each of which should be listed
    in a climbing guidebook. If you have done this already, or if you hold the Scout section Climber Activity Badge, move straight on to step 2.
  2. Know how to put on a harness and helmet, and the calls used in climbing.
  3. Understand and demonstrate the proper use of a belay device.
  4. Experience at least one session (two hours) of single-pitch climbing on a man-made climbing wall, either indoors or outdoors.
  5. Be able to use information given in a climbing guidebook. Explain the grading systems for climbs.
  6. Select at least five separate climbs, locate the starts on the ground and climb them. The standard on an artificial wall should be grade 5+ or 6. On a natural face it should be ‘very difficult’.
  7. Abseil down a face of not less than 15 metres using a safety rope.
  8. Demonstrate how to care for the equipment used and explain what you should look out for when equipment is nearing the end of its life.


The activity rules in chapter nine of Policy, Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme apply when you’re attempting this badge.


 Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility.


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