The USEFUL Scout Stave

A Bundle of Scout Staves
A Bundle of Scout Staves

For those interested in starting a pioneering program in their unit, it’s often suggested that one of the first things to procure is a supply of Scout Staves. The BSA Supply Division’s Scout Hiking Staff is still the best deal on the market for Scout Staves. Item: Number 1443 on scoutstuff.org

  1. They’re very practical for teaching lashings.
  2. They can be used for a variety of involving and fun interpatrol competitions and Scout meeting challenges
  3. They’re exceedingly useful on outings

A SCOUT STAFF, by Robert Baden-Powell:

“The Scout staff is a useful addition to the kit of the Scout. Personally, I have found it an invaluable assistant when traversing mountains or boulder-strewn country and especially in night work in forest or bush. Also, by carving upon it various signs representing his achievements, the staff gradually becomes a record as well as a treasured companion to the Scout.

“The Scout staff is a strong stick about as high as your nose, marked in feet and inches for measuring. The staff is useful for all sorts of things, such as making a stretcher, keeping back a crowd, jumping over a ditch, testing the depth of a river, keeping in touch with the rest of your Patrol in the dark. You can help another Scout over a high wall if you hold your staff horizontally between your hands and make a step for him; he can then give you a hand from above. Several staves can be used for building a light bridge, a hut or a flag staff. There are many other uses for the staff. In fact, you will soon find that if you don’t have your staff with you, you will always be wanting it. If you get the chance, cut your own staff. But remember to get permission first.”

1. Flagpole / 2. Camp Gadget: Dish Washing Rack / 3. Uprights for Improvised Shelter / 4. Lashing Instruction / 5. Uprights for Dining Fly / Interpatrol Competition: Flag Raising Race / 7. Camp Gadget: Shear Legs for Clothes Dryer / 8. Interpatrol Competition: Catch the Snapper / 9. Interpatrol Competition: New Market Ballistas / 10. Walking Stick / 11. Camp Gadget: Simple Table / 12. Camp Gadget: Clothes Drying Rack / 13. Camp Gadget: Tool Rack / 14. Round Lashing Activity / 15. Interpatrol Competition: Free-Standing Flagpole / 16. Interpatrol Competition: (Catch the Snapper)
1. Flagpole / 2. Camp Gadget: Dish Washing Rack / 3. Uprights for Improvised Shelter / 4. Lashing Instruction / 5. Uprights for Dining Fly / Patrol Challenge: Flagpole Race / 7. Camp Gadget: Shear Legs for Clothes Dryer / 8. Patrol Challenge: Catch the Snapper / 9. Patrol Challenge: Scout Stave Launcher / 10. Walking Stick / 11. Camp Gadget: Simple Table / 12. Camp Gadget: Clothes Drying Rack / 13. Camp Gadget: Tool Rack / 14. Round Lashing Activity / 15. Patrol Challenge: Free-Standing Flagpole / 16. Patrol Challenge: (Catch the Snapper)

Scroll down for a page from the “Patrol Sketchbook” pertaining to Scout Staves in the comments section. 

4 thoughts on “The USEFUL Scout Stave”

  1. Hi Larry, could you please post more details about “9. Interpatrol Competition: New Market Ballistas”. I imagine that will be very popular with most Scouts!

    Also, here is a link to a great graphic on Scout Staves from the “Patrol Sketchbook” on inquiry.net

    Thanks for the great website!

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