Boy Scout Merit  Badge 

Boy Scouts of America Rock Climbing Merit Badge Program:

Bring your troop out for an awesome day of learning and adventure.  Climbing and rappelling on real rock faces in Southwestern Pa is a fun and exciting way to challenge scouts and help them progress in scouting by earning their rock climbing merit badge.  Win's Wild Adventures guides 

Climbing and rappelling on real rock cliffs in the beautiful North Carolina mountains is a fun and exciting way to challenge Scouts and allow them the opportunity to advance themselves in Scouting. Boy Scouts can earn all of the requirements for the Climbing Merit Badge with the exception of the first aid skills (requirements 1 and 2). The climbing day will focus on providing Scouts the opportunity to complete their climbs, rappels and belays for the merit badge. Rope care, verbal commands, knots and the teamwork aspect of enjoying a safe climbing experience are reinforced throughout the day.  Classes of climbing and rating systems are also discussed.

Bring your troop to Joshua Tree National Park for a day of learning and adventure! Uprising Adventure Guides works with Scouts on the requirements for their Climbing Merit Badge…from knots, ropes, harnesses, climbing and rappelling to hazards, safety and “Leave No Trace” practices. Uprising Adventure Guides are “youth protection certified” through BSA for boys and girls rock climbing merit badges and electives. *All climbing equipment provided. Reservations and tour permits are required for all programs. Guide-to-client ratio: 1:5 maximum. Prerequisites: To meet prerequisites, Scouts must have read the rock climbing merit badge requirements and have practiced three knots; figure eight/figure eight follow through, fisherman’s and water knot.



Trips in the Piedmont and Mountains of NC, with convenient camping nearby:
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BSA Tower to Rock

Rock Dimensions operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service for guiding in Pisgah National Forest and a commercial use permit for areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway, NPS.


Group Size

  • Maximum of 10-17 participants, depending on location.

  • There are many options for larger groups that can be discussed specifically with your group (different location, 2-day program, etc.).

  • Group sizes are limited due to environmental impact concerns, permit concerns, and to allow for maximum participation.


What To Expect

  • Instruction in knots, harnesses, communication, belaying and climbing movement

  • Top-roping on 3-4 climbs, ranging from beginner to intermediate

  • Belaying and backup belaying

  • Rappel instruction: equipment, fireman’s backup belay, techniques

  • Rappelling on vertical and over-hanging rock faces using various rappel devices


Rock Dimensions Provides

  • Harnesses, Helmets, Ropes, Belay and Rappel devices, Climbing Shoe, Anchoring equipment


$80.00/person (6 or more participants)
Contact us for half-day program prices, summer camp options, and smaller troops and patrols.


The below requirements come directly from the BSA website:

"Climbing is not a sport that requires tremendous muscular strength; it demands mental toughness and the willingness to practice hard to master a set of skills. The adventure of climbing can also provide a new way to enjoy the outdoors.

1. Do the following:

  1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in climbing and rappelling activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

  2. 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.

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

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

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

4. Location. Do the following:

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

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

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

  4. Determine how to summon aid to the climbing area in case of an emergency.

5. 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:

  1. Climbers

  2. Rappellers

  3. Belayers

  4. Boulderers and their spotters

6. Rope. Do the following:

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

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

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

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

  5. Properly coil a rope.

7. 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.

  1. Figure eight on a bight

  2. Figure eight follow-through

  3. Water knot

  4. Double fisherman's knot (grapevine knot)

  5. Safety knot

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

  1. Commercially made climbing harness

  2. Tied harness

9. Belaying. Do the following:

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

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

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

10. Climbing.

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

  2. Climb at least three different routes on a rock face or climbing wall, demonstrating good technique and using verbal signals with a belayer.

11. Rappelling.

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

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

  3. 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.

12. Demonstrate ways to store rope, hardware, and other gear used for climbing, rappelling, and belaying."