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Revision as of 18:32, October 27, 2012

Resources include the Pioneering merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

Pioneering requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #10.

Pioneering merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1911
Renamed from: Pioneer
BSA Advancement ID: 084
Requirements revision: 2006
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents

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.


The Pioneering merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. It replaced the 1910 Pioneer "Badge of Merit".
Pioneering merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Camping.


Pioneering merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you might encounter while participating in pioneering activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Discuss the prevention of, and first aid treatment for, injuries and conditions that could occur while working on pioneering projects, including cuts, scratches, insect bites and stings, rope burns, hypothermia, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburn, and falls.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Successfully complete Tenderfoot requirements 4a and 4b and First Class requirements 7a, 7b, and 8a. (These are the rope-related requirements.)
    b. Tie the following: square knot, bowline, sheepshank, sheet bend, and roundturn with two half hitches.
    c. Demonstrate the following: tripod and round lashings.
  3. Explain why it is useful to be able to throw a rope, then demonstrate how to coil and throw a 40-foot length of 1/4- or 3/8-inch rope. Explain how to improve your throwing distance by adding weight to the end of your rope.
  4. Explain the differences between synthetic ropes and natural-fiber ropes. Discuss which types of rope are suitable for pioneering work and why. Include the following in your discussion: breaking strength, safe working loads, and the care and storage of rope.
  5. Explain the uses for the back splice, eye splice, and short splice. Using 1/4- or 3/8-inch three-stranded rope, demonstrate how to form each splice.
  6. Using a rope-making device or machine, make a rope at least 6 feet long consisting of three strands, each having three yarns.
  7. Build a scale model of a signal tower or a monkey bridge. Correctly anchor the model using either the 1-1-1 anchoring system or the log and stake anchoring method. Describe the design of your project and explain how the anchoring system works.
  8. Demonstrate the use of rope tackle to lift a weight of 25 pounds and pulling a log at least 6 inches in diameter and 6 feet long with the tackle. Use the tackle to put tension on a line. Explain the advantages and limitations of using a rope tackle. In your explanation, describe the potential damage that friction can do to a rope.
  9. By yourself, build an A-trestle OR X-trestle OR H-trestle using square and diagonal lashings. Explain the application of the trestle you build. Demonstrate how to tie two spars together using a shear lashing.
  10. With a group of Scouts, OR on your own, select a pioneering project and get your counselor's approval before you begin building. Your project must not result in anyone reaching a height of greater than 6 feet off the ground. With your counselor's guidance, create a rough sketch of the project. Make a list of the ropes and spars needed, then build the project. (Note: This requirement may be done at summer camp, at district or council events, or on a troop camp outing.)


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited
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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.

Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Pioneering is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Pioneering requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. The BSA Pioneering Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Pioneering as one of your monthly themes.
  2. Pioneering is a popular summer camp merit badge.


Requirement resources

The Troop Pioneering Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.
1. First Aid: Cuts - Abrasions - Bruises - Rope Burns - Blisters - Splinters - Sprains - Heat Reactions - Cold Reactions - Dehydration - Insect Bites - Stings

2. Knots and lashings


Related awards

Outdoor-related awards


History

  • The Pioneer Badge was one of the Original Merit Badges from the 1910 BSA Handbook. It was relabeled as the Pioneering Merit Badge in 1911.


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


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