The Pioneering Course the Surrey Branch organised in April 2011 was aimed at
Scouters and Guiders and hoped to help them to learn about, and be confident in the use of, Pioneering so they
could return to their own troops and companies and pass on the skills.
Saturday morning started with reminding us all about the basic knots, the Surrey Six, before
moving on to making some rope and learning how to lash poles together.
After lunch, we practised lashings using staves (small short poles) and built small
Saturday evening conversation and tuition turns to the wider world of knots with course members
choosing the topics which have included Turk's Heads to splicing, whipping to flat knotting, and more advanced
Sunday gave everyone the chance to take part in the construction of bigger, and more impressive
projects, but the day started with the important subject of "looking after rope", and learning about another couple
of useful tools, tackles and pickets.
Then the fun really started....
All in all, we all have a really great time learning about, passing on, and practising an oft
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