Favorite Pioneering Knots: Prusik

The following text is by Adolph E. Peschke as presented in the 1998 printing of the 1993 edition of the Pioneering Merit Badge Pamphlet: PRUSIK This knot has the reputation of having a firm, sure grip once it is put under pressure. The multiple opposing turns provide friction and put a bend in the standing … Continue reading Favorite Pioneering Knots: Prusik

Scout Swing

The design for this swing is not complicated, though it does present some logistical challenges. The main thing is, a working swing is going to get lots of play. Therefore, lashings need to be super tight, and the eight sturdy pioneering stakes that serve as anchors need to be driven solidly into the ground, perpendicular … Continue reading Scout Swing

12-foot Swing Boat

A Swing Boat is a fairground ride in which pairs of riders pull ropes to swing back and forth. At the national jamboree, it’s one of the pioneering area’s favorite features. Click here for more information. This is a smaller, more boy-sized version, but still lots of fun and plenty big enough. ALL LASHINGS MUST BE VERY TIGHT! (This is … Continue reading 12-foot Swing Boat

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THIS KIND OF FUN STANDS THE TEST OF TIME (HOME PAGE) WHY PIONEERING? Adolph Peschke Why Pioneering! (Quotes by John Thurman) OA & PIONEERING MAIN PAGE Order of the Arrow at a Council Scout Expo Pioneering at the 2014 Dixie Fellowship Scout Pioneering and the Order of the Arrow’s Dual Purpose MISCELLANEOUS SCOUTING POSTS Ideal … Continue reading Full Site Map

Pioneering Knots

Barrel Hitch Butterfly Knot Carrick Bend Constrictor Double Sheet Bend Draw Hitch (Highwayman’s Hitch) Foolproof Way to ALWAYS tie a Square Knot Right Pipe Hitch Prusik Rolling Hitch Roundturn with Two Half Hitches Scaffold Hitch The Misunderstood Clove Hitch Timber Hitch Water Knot Zeppelin Bend

Scout Meeting Challenge: Atomic Pile

The Atomic Pile as featured on Garden Ground Mountain in the pioneering area at the 2013 national jamboree inspired this smaller scale version which can be set up outdoors on a lawn for a troop meeting. Instead of heavy spars serving as corner uprights and cross spars defining the boundary, this modification uses light corner upright poles and cords. … Continue reading Scout Meeting Challenge: Atomic Pile

Rope Climbing at the Jamboree

The Rope Climbing Area in Peschke Field featured three varied rope-climbing challenges for Garden Ground Mountain visitors. Scouts and Venturers could: 1) Climb a rope by learning to adjust the position of prusik knots, using them as hand and footholds as they climbed higher. 2) Climb a rope with the aid of wide, wooden discs … Continue reading Rope Climbing at the Jamboree

Pioneering Area: Activity Stations & Games

Peschke Field featured a wide range of interactive pioneering structures and projects. In addition to bridges, towers, catapults and the camp gadget/skills area, Scouts and Venturers could experience the following Pioneering Games and Activity Stations: CHALLENGING FUN Atomic Pile Like all good team building challenges, the “Atomic Pile” requires concentration, cooperation, and strict attention to the Scout … Continue reading Pioneering Area: Activity Stations & Games

Simple Rope Halyard

In the campsite it’s easy to fly the colors by simply tying them directly to the top of the simple flagpole with a couple of short cords. But, on a taller pole that’s going to stay standing, and when you want to raise and lower the flag(s), of course you need a halyard. Here’s one … Continue reading Simple Rope Halyard

Easy Tall Flagpole

At most Scouting events, there isn’t a permanently-installed, tall, metal pole for raising and lowering the colors. During opening ceremonies at these Scout gatherings, a tall flagpole made by joining long spars together can impress and inspire. What is meant by tall? Naturally, the height of the flagpole depends on the size of the flag … Continue reading Easy Tall Flagpole

Older Merit Badge Pamphlet

Those of us who have experience providing a program of Scout Pioneering, and who are familiar with the edition of the Pioneering Merit Badge Pamphlet written by the legendary Adolph Peschke, will have no difficulty relating to why there are repeated references and allusions to the 1993, 1998 edition in this website, with its attention to detail, and  when it … Continue reading Older Merit Badge Pamphlet

Introduction to Pioneering

The following text is by Adolph E. Peschke as presented in the 1998 printing of the 1993 edition of the Pioneering Merit Badge Pamphlet: Pioneering is the knowledge and skill of using simple materials to build structures that are used in a wide range of Scouting activities. These skills are sometimes referred to as “backwoods … Continue reading Introduction to Pioneering

Knot-Tying Terminology

The following text is by Adolph E. Peschke as presented in the 1998 printing of the 1993 edition of the Pioneering Merit Badge Pamphlet: Before you begin learning new knots, you need to know some of the basic terms used in knot tying. You should become familiar with these terms and use them as you … Continue reading Knot-Tying Terminology

The Older Pioneering Merit Badge Pamphlet

Those of us who have experience providing a program of Scout Pioneering, and who are familiar with the edition of the Pioneering Merit Badge Pamphlet written by the legendary Adolph Peschke, will have no difficulty relating to why there are repeated references and allusions to the 1993, 1998 edition in this website, with its attention to detail, and  when it … Continue reading The Older Pioneering Merit Badge Pamphlet

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THIS KIND OF FUN STANDS THE TEST OF TIME (HOME PAGE) WHY PIONEERING? Adolph Peschke Why Pioneering! (Quotes by John Thurman) OA & PIONEERING MAIN PAGE Order of the Arrow at a Council Scout Expo Pioneering at the 2014 Dixie Fellowship Scout Pioneering and the Order of the Arrow’s Dual Purpose MISCELLANEOUS SCOUTING POSTS Ideal … Continue reading — Site Map —