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Jamboree Pioneering Area: Camp Gadgets, Rope Making & Instruction

This Area Saw Plenty of Action

During the building process, an area adjacent to the Hourglass Tower saw a lot of action for whipping rope and sharpening pioneering stakes. During the jamboree, it was set up for rope making, for hitching and lashing instruction, and as a display of camp gadgets.

CAMP GADGETS AT THE JAMBOREE: Four useful camp gadgets were set up as displays—a wash station, clothes drying rack, tool rack, and Chippewa kitchen.

From Left to right: Wash Station, Tool Rack, Clothes Drying Rack, Chippewa Kitchen
From Left to right: Wash Station, Tool Rack, Clothes Drying Rack, Chippewa Kitchen
Scouts check out the Chippewa Kitchen and Camp Clothes Drying Rack
Scouts check out the Chippewa Kitchen and Camp Clothes Drying Rack in the Camp Gadget Display Area

ROPE MAKING AT THE JAMBOREE: There were always Scouts in the rope making area where they were afforded an opportunity to make a short length of rope as a souvenir. To finish off their project, they also learned the West Country Whipping.

Scouts make rope and learn the Mark II Square Lashing.
Scouts make rope and learn the Mark II Square Lashing.

LEARNING THE MARK II SQUARE LASHING AT THE JAMBOREE: As in the Single A-Frame Bridge Building area, Scouts were introduced to the quicker, easier-to-learn, and more efficient Japanese Mark II Square Lashing, but here they learned on a lashing rack. Naturally as in past jamborees, all the structures in the pioneering area were lashed with this form of Square Lashing.

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Tool Rack

Tools are Organized, Accessible and Looking Good

Fundamentally speaking, as long as a campsite is safe and clean, all’s well. However, especially for longer term camps (or when displaying demonstrations of Scoutcraft skills), there’s definitely something to say for the added convenience of a campsite tool rack. Set up in a prominent location (in or near an axe yard), a tool rack serves as a reminder to put tools back where they belong. A place for everything, and everything in its place, especially wood tools, goes a long way in not just keeping things well-organized, but also towards limiting accidents.

Construction is very simple. Basically, all that’s needed are four poles; two 6-foot uprights, and two 5-foot cross pieces work fine. The cross pieces are connected to the uprights with four square lashings.

Tools are hung on the rack, suspended by a looped cord attached to the top cross piece with a lark’s head.

Scouts attach a 6' stave to a pioneering stake with two round lashings.
Scouts attach a 6-foot stave to a pioneering stake with two round lashings.

If the two upright’s cannot be sunk or hammered into the ground, pound in a couple of pioneering stakes and hold the uprights in a vertical position by lashing them firmly to the stakes with a couple of tight round lashings.

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Check out a tool rack rain cover at the bottom of the post.