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Pioneer Activity Badge

How to earn your badge:

  1. Make your own rope, perhaps using a rope machine or working with a
  2. Tie a simple lashing.
  3. Show how you would:
    • tie three different knots, such as a reef, figure of eight, sheet bend or bowline
    • make one hitch, such as a clove hitch, round turn and two
      half-hitches or a cow hitch.
  4. Take part in a knot game.
  5. Build an indoor pioneering project using simple knots and lashings.

Top tips

A leader will be able to find knot games and activities involving making rope on scouts.org.uk/pol


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility

Guidance for leaders

The Scout Adventures website also has resources you may find useful when looking at learning knots and lashings.

For a special experience, you can book for your section to complete this badge/award at some Scout Adventures centres. For information, prices and to book, click here.


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