Raise a Flagpole Challenge

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In this challenge, Patrols build and raise a flagpole.


In this challenge, Patrol can compete to build and raise a flagpole.

There are 3 sets of knots that will need to be learned to build the flagpole:
  • round lashings (3 needed)
  • rolling hitches (3 needed)
  • taut-line hitches (3 needed)

See this video

Also there is a detailed description that can be found here: https://scoutpioneering.com/2012/12/26/flag-poles

Requirements for each team:
  • 3/4 x Scout staves or round 5' poles
  • 6 x 3', 1/4" inch manila rope (for lashing the poles together)
  • 1 x 20' cotton rope (halyard)
  • 3 x 10' manila rope (guylins)
  • pulley
  • 2 carabiners
  • flag
  • 3 stakes
Option: This can be a competition to see who finishes first.

Idea source: BSA (https://troopresources.scouting.org) and Scout Pioneering (https://scoutpioneering.com/2012/12/26/flag-poles). 

Photo: Scout Pioneering