Requirements (not yet official)

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you might encounter while participating in pioneering activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards. Safe Pioneering
    b. Discuss the prevention of, and first-aid treatment for, injuries and conditions that could occur while working on pioneering projects, including rope splinters, rope burns, cuts, scratches, insect bites and stings, hypothermia, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburn, and falls.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Successfully complete Scout requirements 4a and 4b, Tenderfoot requirements 3a, 3b, and 3c, Second Class requirements 2f and 2g, and First Class requirements 3a and 3b. (These are the rope-related requirements.)
    b. Demonstrate how to tie the following knots and explain how they relate to Pioneering: clove hitch and half hitches, butterfly knot, roundturn with two half hitches, rolling hitch, water knot, carrick bend, draw hitch, constrictor knot
    c. Demonstrate and explain when to use the following lashings: square, diagonal, round, shear, tripod, floor
  3. Explain why it is useful to be able to throw a rope, then demonstrate how to coil and throw a rope. Explain how to improve your throwing distance by adding weight to the end of your rope.
  4. Explain the differences between synthetic ropes and natural fiber ropes. Discuss which types of ropes and cords are suitable for pioneering work and why. Include the following in your discussion: breaking strength, safe working loads, and the care and storage of rope.
  5. Explain the uses for the back splice, eye splice, and short splice. Using 1⁄4- or 3⁄8-inch three-stranded rope, demonstrate how to form each splice.
  6. Using a rope-making device or machine, make a rope at least 6 feet long consisting of three strands, each having three yarns. Whip the ends with a West Country whipping.
  7. Do the following:
    a. Explain how to construct and how and when to use anchors, employing different configurations of pioneering stakes.
    b. Demonstrate how to make and use a rope tackle to tighten and secure a load bearing line.
  8. By yourself, build a trestle using square and diagonal lashings.
  9. From either group A or B, do the following:
    Group A (by yourself)
    a. Use shear, square, and floor lashings, along with the appropriate knots, to build a camp table
    b. Use tripod and square lashings to build either a camp chair -or- a hand wash station
    c. Use round lashings along with the appropriate knots to raise a simple flagpole
    Group B (with other Scouts)
    Build either a Double A-frame Monkey Bridge, Single Lock Bridge, Single Trestle Bridge, Single A-Frame Bridge, or a 4×4 Square Tower