To gain this badge, Scouts must complete the requirements below:
  1. Show knowledge of the rope types used for rock climbing and explain how to coil and maintain them.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to fit a climbing harness and tie in correctly.
  3. Show understanding of the calls used in climbing.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to abseil down a face (typically not less than 10 metres).
  5. Take part in four separate climbs of up to 'Difficult' standard each using a different route. An experienced climber must supervise the climbs and will evaluate competence.
  6. Explain the safety rules for climbing on both natural and artificial rock faces.
  7. Show an awareness of the environmental issues around climbing on natural rock faces.


Reference should be made to the Activity Rules in chapter nine of Policy, Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.
There is no requirement for the Scout to lead the rock climbs, only to be a competent second. Wherever possible, natural rock-face should be used.
If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.