Pioneering Project 2

Understand what is meant by a Pioneering project in Scouting

Acquire the basic skills necessary to do a Pioneering project

Show the skills in constructing the three basic structures necessary in Scout Pioneering projects (i.e. Tripod, Trestle, ‘A’ frame).

Should have actively taken part in building camp gateways, camp utility gadgets, etc. at camps, District rallies etc.

Pioneering is the art of using ropes and wooden spars joined by lashings and knots to create a structure. Pioneering can be used for constructing small items such as camp gadgets up to larger structures such as bridges and towers. These may be recreational, decorative, or functional

Where to start

The fundamental for pioneering is Determination. If you are well determined about pioneering you will work hard to achieve better progress. With the introduction aforementioned you must be 100% sure of your lashings.

  • Practice the basic lashing skills : You can practice your lashings at home getting two spars(broomsticks) and a rope. Practice until you can lash with your eyes closed.

  • Do not repeat the wrong process, always proceed with the correct process in lashing

  • Have a competition between your patrol members to time your lashing

  • Request to do a pioneering project in the PLC

  • Create your own idea and get it approved and checked with the help of a Senior and rechecked with an Instructor

  • Calculations and estimations are a must to do a pioneering project. Brush up trigonometry and other theories which can come in-handy.

  • Before you proceed to make a pioneering project, draw your plan with measurements and build a scale with toothpicks to check the design and the flaws

  • Browse the ideas online and get a good knowledge on the structures which are in the internet, check for flaws and adjust accordingly

  • Make use of pulley systems and other techniques

The full album of the Scale model can be accessed from here

A list of Pioneering projects

  • Aerial runways

  • Ballistae

  • Benches

  • Bridges

  • Camp gadgets

  • Camp gateways

  • Catapults

  • Chairs

  • Chippewa Kitchens

  • Dressers

  • Ferris Wheel

  • Flagpoles

  • Merry-Go-Rounds

  • Rafts

  • See Saws

  • Swing Sets

  • Swinging Ships

  • Tables

  • Towers

  • Trebuchets

A list of Documents are attached for your reference

Tripod Lashing

Tripod Lashing Knot shows the two side legs spreading apart from each other instead of crossing. The method shown in the animation is preferred because the legs bind against each other for greater stability.

Racking Turns: The lashing passes to and fro between the poles like extended figure 8s. This increases the contact between rope and wood and reduces slipping. Such turns are known as Racking turns.

Frapping Turns: The turns surrounding the lashing at right angles exert a tightening effect on the lashing. These turns are known as Frapping Turns.

Options: Some descriptions of the Tripod Lashing Knot start with the center pole extending in the opposite direction from the two side legs. Forming the tripod then twists and tightens the lashing, and can even break it if tied too tightly. A lashing which is too tight or extends for too great a length may either prevent the tripod from being formed or may overload the rope. In this respect the Tripod Lashing differs from other lashings: it is possible to make it too tight! On occasion, trial and error may be required to obtain the correct tension.


A Frame

The basic 'A' frame is very simple to produce and can provide hours of entertainment. It can be built using staves or full size spars, depending on what you plan to do with it and it only needs three lashings.


  • Sedan Chair

  • The Indian Travois

  • The Scout Transporter

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