The Baden-Powell Scouts' Association

Traditional Scouting for the 21st Century!


The Senior Scout Rock Climber Badge



To demonstrate a growing understanding of the breadth of climbing experience available and the technical and safety aspects of climbing required to move safely towards lead climbing and single pitch supervision in the long term.

Complete the requirements below:


  1. Know how to put on a harness, set up and use a belay device safely and the calls used in climbing.
  2. Show knowledge of the rope types used for rock climbing and abseiling and explain how to coil and maintain them.
  3. Explain the safety rules for climbing on both natural and artificial rock faces.
  4. Show an awareness of the environmental issues around climbing on natural rock faces.
  5. Explain the differences between Bouldering and Sports Climbing.
  6. Have experience of at least one session (two hours) of single-pitch climbing on a man-made climbing wall, either indoors or outdoors.
  7. Be able to use information given in a climbing guidebook. Explain the grading systems for climbs.
  8. Select at least five separate climbs from a guide book, locate the starts on the ground and climb them with the aid of a top rope system or as a second, set up or led by a qualified leader. (the standard should be at least Very Difficult and may be single or multi pitch).
  9. Be able to abseil down a face of not less than 15 metres also using a safety rope.
  10. Demonstrate the safe placement of nuts and cams and the principles behind adding quick draws and how a lead climber would use them as a safety rope.  
  11. Demonstrate the safe placement and rigging of a 3 point top anchor used for a bottom roping system.  


Senior Scouts should only undertake these climbing activities as a member of a properly organised climbing group, run by experienced adult climbers authorised within the B-PSA activities insurance.