Larry sent in this helpful suggestion for a site with lots of pioneering projects.
Pioneering Troop Program Feature
Give an experienced outdoorsman a bow saw, hand ax, and some poles and ropes, and in short order he will make some camp furniture, bridge a stream, and build a big “toy” like a monkey bridge. The skill is called pioneering. Scouts love to learn how to do it, and of course it will increase their capabilities in the outdoors.
Pioneering requires plenty of poles and lots of lashing line and heavy rope, especially for big projects like monkey bridges. Before planning this program feature, be sure that you will have access to both, especially for the big event, Woodsman’s Weekend. If necessary, you can do miniature pioneering at troop meetings using garden canes and twine. But for the big event, be sure that you will have lots of poles and smaller spars as well as lashing line and rope.
The Woodsman’s Weekend might be held at Scout camp, if the camp has pioneering gear. Otherwise, look for a campsite where you can get permission to gather a number of poles and spars at least 6 feet long and 2 to 3 inches thick, as well as smaller ones. Someone who has a wooded lot that needs thinning might give the troop permission to cut what is needed.
Find the complete plans for the Pioneering Troop Program Feature on the BSA website.
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.
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 Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader work together to develop long term plans for a Boy Scout troop. One thing which can help with this is the BSA troop program features.
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.
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.
Boy Scout program features let a troop to plan its meetings around a theme.
This is a traditional Scout game which might date back to Baden-Powell himself. It practices Scoutcraft (lashings) as well as cooperation and problem solving.