Scout Meeting Challenge: Simple A-Frame Chariot Race

Chariot races are fun and here’s about the easiest version around. Once Scouts are familiar with the shear lashing and square lashing, they can make an A-Frame to serve as a simple carrying structure (chariot). The race can be run in a variety of ways:

Th Simple Pick Up and Carry Approach
The Simple Pick Up and Carry Approach
  • Pick up the chariot and carry it (advisable if the playing field is a well-cared for lawn)
  • Drag the chariot (works well in wide open fields)
  • Run relay-style heats on a short course (where space is limited)
  • Lay out a longer course

Materials for each Patrol

  • two 8-foot x 4-inch spars for the A-frame legs
  • one 6-foot x 3-inch spar for the ledger
  • three 15-20-foot x 1/4-inch manila lashing ropes
Shear Lashings are Applied to the Tips of the Legs
Shear Lashings are Applied to the Tips of the Legs

Procedure Patrols discuss their plan of attack. It’s decided who is to tie what lashings, who is to assist, who will ride and who will carry (or drag as conditions dictate).

A-Frames are Formed

On signal, patrols lash together an A-frame using a shear lashing at the tips of the 8-foot spars and square lashings at the butt ends for the 6-foot ledger. (If desired, three square lashings can be tied.) When the chariot is built, it is raced around a preset course or to a turn around line and back.

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