Boy Scout Trip Information

Top Reasons to get your Scout Climbing Merit Badge with Hard Rock Climbing in West Virginia’s New River Gorge:

  • Hard Rock Climbing has been providing Rock Climbing Merit Badges since 1997, when the Climbing Merit Badge was first created.
  • Hard Rock Climbing is registered with the Buckskin Council of West Virginia as a Climbing Merit Badge Counselor.
  • Hard Rock Climbing Guides are up to date on all safety training required by the Scouts.
  • Hard Rock Climbing provides discounts for large groups.
  • Hard Rock Climbing provides transportation to and from the climbing areas, all climbing equipment and a complete deli style lunch.
  • Hard Rock Climbing Services has been in business since 1987 and climbing is all we do!

Boy Scout Trip Information

Boy Scout Merit Badges

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Hard Rock Climbing Services has been a Climbing Merit Badge provider since 1997, when it was first created. We offer a full-day course which will cover all the guidelines required by the Scouts listed below. While our guides are First Aid and CPR certified, Hard Rock is not responsible for providing the First Aid and CPR portion of the certification.

Do The Following:

  • 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.
  • 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 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, and bouldering.
  • 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:

  • Climbers
  • Rappellers
  • Belayers
  • Boulderers and their spotters

Rope. Do the following:

  • Describe the kinds of rope acceptable for use in climbing and rappelling.
  • 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.
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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)
  • Safety knot.


Correctly put on at least ONE of the following.

  • Commercially made climbing harness
  • Tied harness

Belaying. Do the following:

  • Explain the importance of belaying climbers and rappellers and when it is necessary.
  • Belay three different climbers ascending a rock face or climbing wall.
  • Belay three different rappellers descending a rock face or climbing wall using a top rope.


  • 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 belayer.


  • Using a carabiner and a rappel device, secure your climbing harness to a rappel rope.
  • Tie in to 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
Requirements last updated in: 2007
Pamphlet Stock Number: 35001B
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2006


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