Merit Badge

Higher Ground has been teaching scouts the Climbing Merit Badge since it was first introduced in 1997. Since that time we have taught the Climbing Merit Badge to over 1,000 Boy Scouts!

Please note that we do not accept partials except from summer camps and they must be less than 6 months old. Please do not ask us to sign blue cards for merit badges completed elsewhere.

If your group is not large enough please give us a call, there are many time that we can combine your troop with another we have coming in. This Merit Badge course will usually take between 3 1/2 and 5 hours to complete. Because of this time commitment, we like to start early on Saturday mornings (around 10:00 am) to get everything completed. While we do everything we can to help the boys complete their badge, there are times when some scouts do not complete the badge because of apprehension of the heights or inattention. Please let us know ahead of time if you think someone will need some extra time or attention.


  1. Group sizes must be 8 scouts or more, If you bring less than 8 we must charge you for 8, sorry but no exceptions.
    Please, No Webelos on their first scout outing, They are too young to complete the requirements of belaying and rappelling. Scouts must be 12 years of age or older.”
  1. We require a $200 deposit before we can schedule a date for the badge. Please call us a minimum of 8 days in advance so we can line up our instructors.
    Current cost is $40 per person. For the adults, with advanced notice, we can teach “Climb On Safely.”

Outdoor Adventures

We are also able to combine an outdoor adventure to Grand Ledge, the Niagara Escarpment, and even ice climbing. Cost varies with the number of participants and the destination.  These become some of the most exciting adventures many of the boys will ever experience.

How to Prepare

  1. Learn the knots before our session to speed up the course at Higher Ground.
  2. Review the Merit Badge Book, there is a lot of valuable information in it.
  3. Teach the boys how to coil a rope, and finish off the coil.
  4. Let the scouts know that climbing is fun. Come ready to learn and have a great time!