Scout Meeting Challenge: Catch the Snapper

Scout Pioneering requires cooperation and teamwork!

Team Building should be FUN!

What we’re doing here is challenging each patrol to build a device that will set off and “catch” a cocked rat trap (the snapper) placed 15′ away.

Spacing their round lashings.

The lashings have to be tight and well-spaced.

This simple interpatrol challenge is fine for team building and simultaneously a whole lotta fun! The only lashings required are Round Lashings, but applying a sensible approach to spacing them effectively is also necessary. As with all pioneering projects, in order to pull them off the whole crew’s got to pull together. So it is with the simple process of racing to join the Scout staves together, and then setting about angling the long “fishing pole” so the sinkers will hover just right over the cocked rat trap.

Procedure. Using two tight Round Lashings to join each of the staves together, each patrol forms a long “fishing pole,” and attaches a cord with a weight tied on to the end. Using this device to pick up their snapper, there are two objectives here: one is to catch the snapper as quickly as possible, the other is to work together and successfully complete the task as smoothly as possible. Two rules apply: no patrol member is permitted to cross a line between their work area and the cocked rat traps 15′ away, and the only thing allowed to touch the snapper is the weight at the end of their “fishing pole.”

Angling to Catch the Snapper

  • 4    5′  Scout staves
  • 6    6′ lashing ropes
  • 1     3′ light cord
  • a weight (fishing sinker or some heavy metal washers)
  • rat trap(s)


Careful handling of the rat traps is required!

From setting out the rat traps to Catching the Snapper

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