These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on January 1, 2006
To see the current requirements
- Demonstrate how to coil and throw a 40-foot length of 1/4
- 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.
- 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 1/4-inch three-strand rope.
- Construct a device or machine to make rope. Then use the
device with binder twine to make a 6-foot length of rope consisting
of three strands, each having three yarns. Also demonstrate
one method of whipping the end of the rope.
- 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 6 inches in diameter and 6 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
Pamphlet Revision Date: 1993
Requirements last revised in 1993