Cub Scout Knots
Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council
Leader Education & Discovery Conference
January 28, 2017
Bruce F. Lezer
Troop 317, Concord, CA
Please share the following:
• Role in Scouting (Wolf/Bear/Webelos Den Leader, etc.)
• Unit and location
• Knot tying experience
• What has been a memorable / rewarding Scouting
experience for you?
• Webelos – Arrow of Light
• Use ropes 3/8” to 1/4” dia., 6’ long, moderate stiffness
• Each person must have their own rope.
• Use two different colored ropes.
• Tie hitches around PVC pipe, chair legs, or even their
• SAFETY: With the exception of the necktie/half-Windsor
knot, no ropes shall be tied around the neck!
• Encourage and keep it fun with games, quizzes,
activities (kboards), or “incidents” that require the boys to
recall what they have learned.
• Use the EDGE Method
– Explain (Tell them; Give written instruction or explanation)
– Demonstrate (Show; Do it yourself as they watch; Use a
diagram; Tell a story)
– Guide (Watch them do it and give verbal hints and tips; Do it
together at the same time; Let them try it then talk about it; Let
them as questions as they try it)
– Enable (Give a memory aid; Give them a task that requires this
learning; Ask them to teach someone the new learning; Give
them resources to do it again without you; Help them use the
learning again in a new setting or situation)
Wolf Adventure Requirement – Call of the Wild
5. Tie an Overhand knot and a Square knot. Explain
what they are used for. (use EDGE)
Bear Adventure Requirements – Bear Necessities
5. Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches and what it is
used for. (use EDGE)
Arrow of Light Adventure – Outdoorsman
3. Learn how to tie a bowline knot and explain how it should
be used and why. Teach another Scout how to tie a
bowline who is not a Webelos Scout. (use EDGE)
• Rope is made by twisting together the stringy fibers of
certain plants, or by twisting together or weaving strands
of nylon, polyester, polypropylene, or other modern
• The ends of every rope should be whipped or fused
to keep from unraveling. For a temporary fix, tie a knot
at each end or wrap it with duct them tape.
Whipping & Fusing
WARNING: Melted rope will be hot
and sticky. Do not touch the end
until it has cooled. Do not try to
fuse ropes made of natural fibers,
because they will burn rather than
Notes On Knots
• All knots have a purpose and it is just as important to
understand what that purpose is and when the knot is used
as having the ability to tie it. The wrong knot at the wrong
time can be dangerous.
• Learning how to tie knots takes practice.
• A good knot should be easy to tie, stay tied, and be easy
• There are two main parts of tying a knot: (1) making the
right tying steps in the correct order, and (2) tightening the
knot. Shape the knot into place before tightening. Some
need coaxing to get into position.
Types of Knots
• A bend is a knot used to join two ropes to make a longer
rope. Also known as joining knots.
• A hitch is a knot that ties a rope to something else, like a
pole, post, or other object.
• Loops join the rope back to itself, making a circle (or
several). Some loops are fixed, some are slipped.
• Bindings fasten together the ends of cords or ropes to
secure packages, bundles, & bandages.
• Stopper knots are used to prevent a rope from pulling free,
to add weight at the end, or to provide grip.
Overhand & Figure Eight
* Knot commentary and most diagrams are from “Six Boy Scout Knots” by John
Square Knot & Sheet Bend
Two Half Hitches & Taut-Line Hitch
Animated Knots by Grog
Boys Life Animated Knots
Six Boy Scout Knots by John Geffre
Rope Works Archive by Gerald Findley
• Have older Scouts help teach younger Scouts.
• Ideally, there would be one instructor to one or two
participants. This makes demonstrations easier.
• Keep ropes in your Den box for a backup activity.
– Jump rope, tug 'o war, limbo, rope circles, stomp the snake
– Ropes can also be used for Start/Finish lines or boundaries
• Practice, practice, practice.
Then use it and make it fun!
Cub Scout Knots (CUB5114)
• Bruce Lezer
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 317
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