I’ve had several requests lately for a newer version of the merit badge check off list, updated with the newest badges. So I’ve redone the list as a Google spreadsheet. This will make it easier to keep updated.
Pioneering Merit Badge
Pioneering – the knowledge of ropes, knots, and splices along with the ability to build rustic structures by lashing together poles and spars – is among the oldest of Scouting’s skills. Practicing rope use and completing projects with lashings also allow Scouts to connect with past generations, ancestors who used many of these skills as they sailed the open seas and lived in America’s forests and prairies..
This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.
A reader asks about how old a Scout should be to work on a merit badge. The Guide to Advancement provides some answers.
Larry sent in this helpful suggestion for a site with lots of pioneering projects.
Boy Scouts can practice their knot skills and build amazing projects when they work on the Pioneering merit badge. This is another one our Scouts often earn at summer camp.
This cooking program feature for Boy Scouts offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with food and cooking theme. The featured activity for this month is a patrol feast.
A backpacking programs feature offers the opportunity to learn the skills to successfully plan and carry out a backpacking trip.
Many outdoor activities require extensive knowledge of knots: camping, climbing, rappelling, spelunking, and more.
I have to admit that knots are not my strong suit. This book has really helped me learn the various knots I needed to teach to my Cub Scouts.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Camping troop program feature for Boy Scouts. The focus of this program feature is on outdoor skills.
This is a very challenging game which combines lashing skills and teamwork. It would work well for an interpatrol activity at a meeting focused on pioneering skills.
Here is a really simple camp gadget I saw at a camporee a few years back. It was a simple gadget for scraping the mud off of the bottom of the boots.
This is a gadget which was shown to us at a recent Roundtable. It uses lashings to make a handwashing station from straight sticks and an empty gallon milk jug.
If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.
This book was recommended a few years ago when I went to Cub Scout BALOO training. I am not a “knot person”. I can watch someone do a knot and repeat it, but an hour later it is forgotten.
These instructions are for a pot and towel drying rack. There is a small picture of a similar gadget in the Boy Scout handbook.
You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges.