Re: Knot games
Hilding Holroyd (hilding@CATFISH.OCPT.CCUR.COM)
Thu, 28 Oct 1993 16:14:08 -0500
> In my troop we have recently been attempting to get the scouts to learn thier
> knots. We don't have any experienced boys to assist in teaching as we have
> a new troop. The problem we are having is that the scouts aren't paying
> attention when the knot is being demonstrated, and also when they are
> supposed to be practicing. I was wondering if anyone had any games or
> other ideas that could be used to help them learn these important skills.
> Thanks for the help
> Yours in Scouting
> Taco Niet
> 9th Juan de Fuca Scout troop
> Collwood, B.C., Canada
What I have done in the past was to have knot tying relay races, by
patrol, oh course. This bit of competition pushes them a bit. I have
also done it 2 weeks in a row, announcing that we would do it the second
week. I keep the 'scores' and announce the improvements the second week.
Another way is to take them camping where they have to use such knots
as tautline hitch, clove hitch, etc. for their tents or building something.
We taught knots a few weeks ago, too. One of the lads was (k)not (sorry
about that!) paying attention. So I challenged him "You tie a bowline.
I'll time you and I will tie it faster with one hand behind my back!"
He knew I could tie the bowline, but he didn't know about the one hand
bit. So he took me up on it. He was a bit amazed when I tied the knot
with my right hand behind my back (in 5 seconds!).
He then said "How'd you do that??!!" Instant interest.
Hilding Holroyd Eagle Class '68
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