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Adult leader awards are also called "knots."
image:Book.gif See Advanced Knots for more information.
There are two great pages you can print:   
  • Step-By-Step Knots: 11 Basic Knots fit on the front and back of one page.
  • Six Boy Scout Knots by John Geffre
  • Here are the basic knots Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts learn.


    Contents

    Overhand Knot

    The Overhand Knot is used in other knots including the Square Knot which is two Overhand knots. The overhand knot can be used temporarily but will untie very easily.

    Required for
    • Wolf Electives 17a. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.

    Square Knot

    Right over left, Left over right, makes a knot tidy, and tight.

    "The square knot is also known as the joining knot because it can join two ropes together and because it is the first knot Scouts learn when they join the BSA. It has many uses-from securing bundles, packages, and the sails of ships to tying the ends of bandages."

    "To tie a square knot, hold one rope end in each hand. Pass the right end over and under the rope in your left hand and pull it snug. Next, pass the rope now in your left hand over and under the one now in your right, and pull it snug. Remember, right over left, left over right." - Scout Handbook p. 8

    Note: The Square Knot comes untied easily and is not as strong as a Sheet Bend.

    Required for
    • Wolf Electives 17a. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
    • Webelos Outdoorsman #11. Demonstrate setting up a tent or dining fly using two half hitches and a taut-line hitch. Show how to tie a square knot and explain how it is used.
    • Webelos Arrow of Light #2 Tie the joining knot (square knot).
    • Scout #6: Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).

    Granny Knot

    Right over left, Right over left, Makes a knot ugly and WRONG.
    When your shoes keep coming untied, it is because you tied a Granny Knot instead of a Square Knot.

    Bowline

    Make a loop (top to you). The rabbit goes out of the hole, around the tree, and back into the hole.

    "Bowline Knot – rescue knot, most useful of knots because it forms a loop that will not slip and is easy to untie. Use it to attach a cord to a pack frame, tie a rope through a grommet of a tent, secure a line to a canoe, and in rescue situations, and in a thousand other ways. Learn to tie the bowline around a post and in the free end of a rope. With practice, you can even tie it with one hand."

    Make a small overhand loop in the standing part of a rope. Bring the rope end up through the loop, around behind the standing part, and back down into the loop. Tighten the bowline by pulling the standing part away from the loop." - Scout Handbook pp. 148-149.

    Required for
    • First Class #8a. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.

    Sheet Bend

    Make a loop in one end. The rabbit goes out of the hole, around the tree and back under his path.

    The Sheet Bend is a much stronger knot than a Square Knot and much more secure.

    Required for

    Slip Knot

    Make a loop. Pull a loop up through the loop. Pull tight.
    Required for

    Two Half Hitches

    Loop over the top and pull through the hole to make a Half Hitch. Make a second Half Hitch on the outside. Pull tight.

    "Use two half hitches to tie a rope around a post."

    "Pass the end of the rope around the post. Bring the end over and under the body of the rope (known as the standing part), then back through the loop thus formed. That makes a half hitch. Take the end around the standing part a second time and tie another half hitch. Pull it snug." - Boy Scout Handbook p. 36

    Note: The Two Half Hitches knot is only secure when it is tight against the post.

    Required for
    • Webelos Outdoorsman #11. Demonstrate setting up a tent or dining fly using two half hitches and a taut-line hitch. Show how to tie a square knot and explain how it is used.
    • Tenderfoot #4b. Demonstrate you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.

    Taut Line Hitch

    Loop over the top and pull through the hole to make a Half Hitch. Loop over the top and through the hole again. One last Half Hitch on the outside. Pull tight.
    Required for
    • Webelos Outdoorsman #11. Demonstrate setting up a tent or dining fly using two half hitches and a taut-line hitch. Show how to tie a square knot and explain how it is used.
    • Tenderfoot #4b. Demonstrate you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.

    Clove Hitch

    Loop over the top. Loop around again below. Pull through the hole.

    Clove comes from the word cleave meaning “to split”, clove hitch is split into two parts like the foot of a deer or a sheep – used to end lashings… form the first half hitch of the clove hitch by taking a bight (loop) around the pole and then across itself.

    Form the second half hitch of the clove hitch by taking the second bight around the pole and tucking the end of the rope under the rope between the two loops. When pulled tight, the clove hitch should look like an X. The difference between a clove hitch and two half-hitches is that a clove hitch is tied around an object and two half hitches are tied around the rope’s own standing part.

    Required for

    An alternative way of tying a clove hitch it to make and overhand loop in the rope. Then make a second overhand loop next to the first loop. Next, without turning over either loop, place the first loop on top of the second loop. Finally, place the two loops over the end of a pole or around the neck of the bear bag and pull tight.

    Timber Hitch

    Required for

    Figure Eight

    Loop over the top. Loop under. Go down through the hole. Pull tight.
    Required for

    Sheep Shank

    Required for

    Whipping

    Required for
    • Tenderfoot #4a: Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
    • Webelos Outdoorsman #10. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.

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