Virtual Troop Meeting – Pioneering

Pioneering is the ability to create camp gadgets and structures using poles and rope. It’s one of the oldest Scouting skills in the Handbook, and remains a significant Trail to First Class requirement. Tying knots and lashings is more than historical “bushcraft”, as scouts practice physics, geometry, math and engineering when building construction projects. Pioneering is one of the STEM merit badges because of this!

Although it’s easier and more fun to learn pioneering knots and lashings at a troop meeting with your fellow Scouts, you can watch the videos below and practice with some rope and a few broom sticks. Gather up a few supplies and have a go!

Advancement Requirements

Tenderfoot

  • Demonstrate a practical use of the square knot.
  • Demonstrate a practical use of two half-hitches.
  • Demonstrate a practical use of the taut-line hitch.

Second Class

  • Demonstrate tying the sheet bend knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot.
  • Demonstrate tying the bowline knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot.

First Class

  • Discuss when you should and should not use lashings.
  • Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch.
  • Demonstrate tying the square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
  • Use lashings to make a useful camp gadget or structure

Knot Tying Videos

Lashings

Project Ideas

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