Outdoor Adventure Skills Knots

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Outdoor Adventure Skills Knots

Scoutcraft Skills Stage 1

  • 1. I can hang a drying/gear line at camp with a half hitch or other knot.

Scoutcraft Skills Stage 2

Scoutcraft Skills Stage 3

Scoutcraft Skills Stage 4

Scoutcraft Skills Stage 5

Scoutcraft Skills Stage 7

  • 2. I have taught five knots to younger Scout members.

Scoutcraft Skills Stage 8

Sailing Skills Stage 2

Sailing Skills Stage 3

Sailing Skills Stage 4

  • 9. I can tie eight knots that are useful when sailing, canoeing or camping.

Vertical Skills Stage 3

Vertical Skills Stage 5

  • 1. I can tie these knots: water (tape), double fishermen’s, prussic, clove hitch and bowline.
  • 2. I can coil a climbing rope using a butterfly and a mountaineer method.
  • 7. I have constructed and climbed in a “Swiss seat” improvised climbing harness made with tubular or tape webbing.

Vertical Skills Stage 6

  • 1. I have tied and used a Munter hitch (also called an Italian hitch) as a belay method.
  • 2. I have constructed and used an improvised “Parisian Baudrier” chest harness

It is interesting that additional knots required in stages past 4 are lashings (Stage 5: square, diagonal, tripod and shear) and splicing (Stage 8: backsplice, short splice, eye splice), which one could argue are not knots at all, but rather applications of knots. This really shows the importance of these fundamental knots. Higher stages may require more complex projects (monkey bridge, tower, bridge, camp gateway), but largely rely on the knots potentially taught to Cub Scouts or early stage Scouts. See more Outdoor Adventure Skills by Topic.