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Safety is dependent primarily on knowledge, experience and judgement. When working with new climbers who lack these, it is dependent on procedure and supervision. There aren’t really many parts to Troop 8 field procedure, but they are worth mentioning.
- No one climbs unless they can handle their part of the climbing system without assistance. This is not a guided tour. If a boy can’t properly put on a harness or dress a tie-in knot or handle clipping in to an anchor, he can’t climb. He needs to get those skills down first.
- Everyone, scout or adult, must have their rigging double-checked by someone with experience before they climb or rappel. That means the belayer checks the climber and vice versa, both check the anchor, and if one or both are below the level of climbing merit badge they must be checked by someone else who has it. Anchors must be checked by someone with First Lead award. (exception is, of course, the final rappeller off a route, who will typically be an adult or lead climber).
- Helmets are required for all climbers and rappellers, and for belayers located below a climber or rockface.
- Beginners should be no closer than body-length from an exposed edge unless on belay, clipped in to an anchor, or otherwise directed by a lead climber. No one besides the person acting as climb/rappel coach should be near the edge above a climber or rappeller.
- All bouldering must be done with a spotter.
- Anyone who tosses anything over an exposed edge (other than a rope) shall die a death of ten thousand screams.