Climbing and rappelling on real rock cliffs in Pennsylvania’s beautiful State Parks and Forests is a fun and exciting way to challenge Scouts and allow them the opportunity to advance themselves in Scouting.
Our professional guides who instruct the Climbing Merit Badge course are BSA Level 2 Climbing Directors and they can instruct the course nationally for any Troop and any Camp. You can learn more about the guides’ additional BSA Credentials below.
To book a Climbing Merit Badge course for your Scouts, please contact the office at Info@ValleyToSummit.com or 215-543-6171. We will likely be able to accommodate the date(s) that work for your Scout group.
★ 1-Day Course: 6 hrs | $75 per Scout
★ 2-Day Course: 12 hrs | $130 per Scout (consecutive days not required)
Course Length Options:
★ 1-Day Course: 6 hrs
For Scouts to earn the Climbing Merit Badge on the 1-day course, they should complete prior to the course the following requirements set forth in the Climbing Merit Badge Workbook: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. Click HERE for a copy of the Climbing Merit Badge Workbook.
The 1-day course briefly reviews requirements 1-7 of the Climbing Merit Badge Workbook, but the majority of the day focuses on getting the Scouts into the vertical world and completing requirements 8-12: Harnesses, Belaying, Climbing, Rappelling & Storage of Climbing Equipment.
★ 2-Day Course: 12 hrs (consecutive days not required)
The 2-day Climbing Merit Badge course immerses Scouts into the world rock climbing. On this course, your instructors cover all of the requirements in the Climbing Merit Badge Workbook.
On the first day, Scouts will participate in a ground school to learn the basic skills necessary to participate in climbing. This training allows Scouts to gain a basic understanding on the systems involved before actually climbing. To keep eyes on the prize, Scouts will also leave the ground and get to climb some routes and will also begin to learn belaying principles and techniques.
The second day of the course focuses on providing Scouts the opportunity to complete their climbs, rappels and belays for the Climbing Merit Badge. Rope care, verbal commands and all aspects of maintaining a safe climbing experience are reinforced throughout the day. Classes of climbing and rating systems are also discussed.
The following outdoor climbing locations are perfect for conducting a Climbing Merit Badge course:
Ralph Stover ★ Birdsboro ★ Chickies Rock ★ White Rock Acres ★ Pole Steeple ★ Shaffer Rock
Click HERE for a map of the geographic location and description of each outdoor climbing area.
All Climbing Gear Provided:
Helmet ★ Harness ★ Shoes ★ Rope ★ Belay Devices
★ First Aid Merit Badge
★ Read Climbing Merit Badge Handbook
★ Come properly dressed
★ Bring snacks, lunch & at least 2 litters of water
★ Bring Blue Card
★ Completed Valley to Summit, LLC Waiver & Health Form