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What You’ll Need:

  • Poles / Logs / Sticks
  • Rope / String

Getting into the Activity

Learn the art of pioneering and then use those skills to build a structure.

Pioneering is all about using knots and lashings to build a structure. Structures can be small using match sticks or twigs or they could be large using large poles or logs. Pioneering can take you anywhere, from basic shapes and catapults to more complex structures such as tepees, rafts or flagpoles. The sky’s the limit!

To begin with you’ll need to master some basic knot skills. Aim to learn 3 or 4 different knots before trying to build a structure. A great place to start learning knot tying is https://www.animatedknots.com/basic-knots where the website provides animated images to show the step by step process.

Once you have mastered some basic knots, have a go at pioneering using stick, pole or logs (depending on how challenging you want the activity to be and what you wish to make). Start off by just trying to create some basic shapes or structures, before trying to build something more complicated like a tepee or raft.

This activity does require patience, so try not to rush but instead take your time and don’t worry about not getting it straight away.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
  • Take care when using larger poles or pioneering equipment, particularly when building tall structures which could collapse or fall.


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