This is the first post in a series that will eventually comprise an activity-based, unit pioneering program curriculum.
I. There are numerous terms pertaining to knots and working with rope, but the four presented here, along with some simple “moves” requiring a minimum amount of dexterity, will be useful when learning and applying some of the basics that follow.
- Through hands on experience, Scouts will become familiar with and demonstrate the following knot-tying terminology: running end, standing part, overhand loop, underhand loop.
- Using the materials provided, Scouts will also demonstrate they can tie half hitches over an open-ended pole.
- Suspended horizontal hitching post or similar setup, to accommodate the entire class
- Enough vertical hitching posts (or uprights with a 15′ attached length of 3/16″ or 1/4″ nylon cord) so there is at least one for every two Scouts
- 6′ x 1-1/2″-diameter spar set up as a crossbar with a 6′ length of 1/2″ nylon or polyester cord, attached in the middle, to serve as a large visual aid
- With each Scout standing in front of a dangling cord, using the 1/2″ cord as an illustration, the instructor explains where the running end, and standing part are. Scouts are given an opportunity to point to the corresponding part on their respective cords.
- The instructor explains what an overhand loop is, illustrating the “right-hand-twist.” Scouts review the maneuver and form the loop with their respective cords.
- The instructor explains what an underhand loop is and illustrates the “left-hand-grab.” Scouts review the maneuver and form the loop with their respective cords.
- The instructor calls out each of the above terms in mixed orders and Scouts, race to point to the correct part of the cord, or form the loops in response.
- With Scouts gathering around a vertical hitching post, the instructor demonstrates how, by making an underhand loop, a half hitch can be placed around an open-ended pole. He then demonstrates that many half hitches can be placed around the pole, one on top of the other.
- Pairs of Scouts, each at a vertical hitching post, try to lay half hitches over the top of the pole. Scouts coach one another and further instruction is provided as needed.
- Races are conducted to see how many half hitches can be laid over a pole in 20 seconds.