Pioneering and Interpatrol Activities

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Catch the Snapper Interpatrol Activity
Interpatrol
Everyone on the Tripod!

Why troop meeting pioneering activities? Because a race or challenge revolving around pioneering skills is involving and fun, and requires cooperation and teamwork. Choosing a successful activity is a sure-fire proposition—there are a host of pioneering-related Scout meeting challenges that are tried and true and ready to do. Just make sure the Scouts are ready to put the skills into action before implementing the activity.

What are pioneering skills? They’re definitely more than just knowing the ropes.

  • Knots
  • Lashings
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Teamwork

What makes it fun? One thing about pioneering—it’s primarily a twofold process. First something’s built, then something’s used (enjoyed). So, when pioneering skills are a central focus of the interpatrol event, the element of fun ultimately enters the picture as the challenge’s culmination! For example, Everyone on the Tripod is a wonderful interpatrol competition. If the challenge was for each patrol merely to race and build a tripod, the activity would be a dud. It’s that final act where everyone gets to climb on board resulting in the inevitable smiling and cheers of success that make it fun! Simple concept, right? By the same token, the real fun is not building an H-Frame Trestle to make a chariot, it’s racing it; it’s not joining Scout Staves together to make a long fishing pole, it’s catching the rat trap; it’s not constructing a Scout Stave Launcher, it’s seeing how far and accurately it can launch projectiles.

Pioneering and Team Building

4 thoughts on “Pioneering and Interpatrol Activities”

  1. So many people these days have such a narrow focus on what pioneering is all about. So many Scouters I meet think the most important thing to pioneering is using the exact and perfect lashing or knot or other pioneering skill. But the truth is that, while having the perfect knot/lashing is important there are so many others things to it like: A) critical thinking B) Patrol Spirit C) successfully constructing something D) engineering skills E) designing F) planning G) cooperative teamwork and many more. My point though is that moving beyond the view of Scout skills are only for the purposes of advancing in Rank is the wrong attitude. Scouting is all about applying skills you learn in order to successfully achieve a desired outcome.

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