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Climber Activity Badge – Explorer



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.



Every individual  who undertakes an activity badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted. It is completely  acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for activity badges do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge. If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact UK Headquarters.


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