PREMISE: There are only positive reasons to include Pioneering as an integral part of the Scouting program, and when presented properly, there are only positive outcomes.
STEP BY STEP: That said, let’s remember the idiom, you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run. Here’s how John Thurman puts it: ”There is only one activity in my experience where it pays to start at the top, and that is swimming. It is true that Pioneering has often been directly or unexpectedly linked with swimming, but if any Patrol, Troop, or Scouter tries to start pioneering before establishing a sound background of basic Scout training in regard to knotting and lashing, then pioneering will become unpopular and will go down in the history of the Patrol or Troop as a failure.” (Pioneering Projects)
ACTIVITY-BASED: Now, with all good intentions to provide our Scouts with a fun-filled pioneering program that is successful and rewarding, let’s remember this: “It is all very well to learn to make knots, bends, and hitches, and to lash things together. Up to a point this is an interesting activity, but inevitably it begins to pall unless the Scout is given a chance to do something effective, interesting and to some degree adventurous with his knowledge.” (Pioneering for the Patrol)
A creative curriculum, serving as an effective framework for a successful pioneering program, can be implemented and modified as necessary.
- Each skill is introduced as needed, relating to a specific pioneering goal.
- Activities are presented in conjunction with each new skill.
- Combined skills contribute to possessing the pioneering wherewithal needed to complete more involved troop meeting activities.
- Pioneering-based troop meeting challenges ultimately pave the the way towards larger outdoor activities—the successful building of real pioneering structures e.g. learning Square Lashing and Tripod Lashing, leading up to an Indoor Ladder Race and an Everyone on the Tripod activity, leading up to building a Double Tripod Chippewa Kitchen.
THE CURRICULUM (developmental stage)
- Pioneering Program Curriculum I: KNOT-TYING TERMS AND HALF HITCHES
- Pioneering Program Curriculum II: HALF HITCHES AND ROUND LASHING
- Pioneering Program Curriculum III: SQUARE KNOT & ROUNDTURN WITH TWO HALF HITCHES
- Pioneering Program Curriculum IV: SQUARE LASHING
- Pioneering Program Curriculum V: SHEAR LASHING (with plain turns)
- Pioneering Program Curriculum VI: TRIPOD LASHING (with plain turns)
- Pioneering Program Curriculum VII: BUTTERFLY KNOT AND ROPE TACKLE
- Pioneering Program Curriculum VIII: 3-2-1 ANCHOR
- Pioneering Program Curriculum IX: DIAGONAL LASHING AND H-TRESTLE
- Pioneering Program Curriculum X: DOUBLE FLOOR LASHING