Boy Scout Merit Badge
- Demonstrate how to coil and throw a 40-foot length of ¼-inch rope.
- Present five different rope samples, of any size or material. Explain the
characteristics of each type of rope -- its strength, mildew resistance,
durability, and stretch. Explain where and how each type of rope can be used
in pioneering work.
- Demonstrate how to tie the following seven basic knots: square knot,
timber hitch, clove hitch, bowline, sheepshank, sheet bend, and roundturn with
two half hitches. Also select five more knots found in the Pioneering
merit badge pamphlet. Tie each one for the examiner, and tell where it could
be used in pioneering, camping, or other Scout activities.
- Demonstrate how to make the back splice, eye splice, and short splice
using ¼-inch three-strand rope.
- Construct a device or machine to make rope. Then use the device with
binder twine to make a six-foot length of rope consisting of three strands,
each having three yarns. Also demonstrate one method of whipping the end of
- Build a three-two-one or a log-and-stakes anchor using pioneering stakes.
Build the anchor at a size suitable to anchor one end of a monkey bridge.
- Demonstrate the use of rope tackle to lift a weight of 25 pounds. Pull a
log at least six inches in diameter and six feet long with the tackle. Use the
tackle to put a strain on a line.
- By yourself, build an H-frame trestle with ropes and spars using square
and diagonal lashings. Demonstrate how to tie two spars together using a west
country shear lashing.
- With a group of Scouts, build a pioneering project. Before building,
present a rough sketch of the project and a list of the ropes and spars needed
to build it. (Note: This requirement may be done at summer camp, district or
council events, or on a troop camp outing.)
BSA Advancement ID#: 84
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002