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6 of the best knots for a Scout to know

Knots are a necessary part of rank advancement. They are also good to teach someone using the EDGE Method. I am going to walk you through taking good care of your rope and tying the best knots. There are 3 qualities that make a good knot: 
  • Easy to tie
  • Has a good use
  • Easy to untie.
You will need to know these knots and rope card techniques to earn your scout, tenderfoot, second class, and first class ranks. There are several knots that you need to know for your rank advancements.

Taking care of your rope

Fused RopeThere are 2 things that you need to do so that your rope doesn't get frayed on the end. You need to either whip it or fuse it. Whipping a rope is good for natural rope. Not synthetic fibers. Whipping a rope involves wrapping a small string, preferably twine, around the end of a rope to prevent fraying. Fusing a rope is better for ropes made of synthetic fibers, such as paracord. Fusing involves holding the end of a rope up to a lighter and melting the end of it so that it doesn't fray. Talk to a scout leader in your troop to learn exactly how to whip a rope and fuse a rope without burning yourself or harming the rope.

1. The Square Knot

This is the most important and easiest knot that you need to learn. This knot is required to earn the Scout rank, tenderfoot rank, and first class rank. The square knot is to tie two ropes together. This is a very strong knot. You can remember how to tie it by a simple saying: right over left, left over right.

2. The Bowline Knot

The Bowline KnotThis knot is important, it is used to make a loop. You can use this knot to tie something up, such as tying up a boat to the dock. This knot is required for the second class and first class ranks. A good way to remember how to tie this knot is to remember that the rabbit comes out of the hole, goes around the tree, and then goes back into the hole. Ask one of your scout leaders or older scouts in order to learn how to tie this knot. 


3. The Sheet Bend

This knot is very similar to the square knot. This is used to tie two ropes together when they are not the same size. This knot is required to earn the second class and first class ranks. There aren't any good sayings to remember how to tie the sheet bend knot. Have an older scout or adult leader teach you how to tie the sheet bend knot.
The Sheet Bend

4. The Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is a very simple knot. It is also a very strong knot. This knot is required for the first class rank. It is used to tie a rope to a pole. In order to tie this knot, you wrap the rope around the pole once, wrap it around the pole again crossing the first loop, making an X. Then wrap it around one more time under the X. Then you have tied the clove hitch. Ask an older scout or adult leader to help you learn to tie the clove hitch. 
The Clove Hitch





 5. The Two Half Hitches


The two half hitches can be used to tie a rope to another rope, a rope to a pole, or lots of other things. This knot is required to earn the scout, tenderfoot, and first class ranks.  This is a very simple knot. Talk to your scoutmaster or an older scout to learn how to tie it.The Two Half Hitches

6. The Taut-line Hitch

This knot is kind of complicated, but it is a very strong knot. This knot is required for the scout, tenderfoot, and first class ranks. It has to be very tight in order to work. It is used to tie some types of tents to the ground. You can ask an older scout or adult leader to help you learn to tie this knot.the Taut-line Hitch


Bonus Knot - The Monkey's Fist

The Monkeys Fist Knot


This knot is a very fun knot to tie. The Monkey's fist knot is not required for any ranks or merit badges. It is incredibly complicated and it takes a lot of practice to get it right. I showed you my first time trying it and the 10th time I tied it. 





Conclusion

Some of these knots are complicated, some are simple. But now you can go and learn how to tie them all and take good care of your rope so that you can get the requirements for scout, tenderfoot, second class, and first class done. If you like this, please share it on social media and leave a comment below! Subscribe to Scouting Overload to get new content every week. What is your favorite knot? Put your answer in the comments.

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