Pioneering

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Pioneering is the craft of creating structures using rough wooden spars and rope. Spars are joined by lashings and knots. It can be used for constructing simple household items such as a rubbish bin to complex structures such as bridges, towers and aerial runways. Pioneering is also a good way to build up team spirit, as pioneering requires teamwork for it to be successful. Pioneering also provides great fun.

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The basic knots used in pioneering are:

The basic lashings used are:

  • Square lashing, used to join two poles at a right angle
  • Diagonal lashing, used to join two poles at an angle other than right and when spars tend to spring apart, for example when tying together the diagonals for a cubiod.
  • Round lashing, used to join two parallel poles
  • Shear lashing, used to join two parallel poles

Some Pioneering Structures

  • A frame
  • Tripod
  • Hourglass Tower
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Aerial Runway

History of Pioneering

Pioneering is often used to describe the work done by 18th and 19th century military enigineers who went ahead of an army to build bridges and towers with rope and timber. In scouting, it refers to building structures using wooden spars and ropes.

Pioneering is often connected to scouting.

Pioneering and the Scout Movement

Pioneering is today thought of as a scouting activity. Most scout troops have a stock of ropes and spars or pioneering poles.

There is a scout pioneering badge, and on camps scouts tend to build projects, both small and large. Traditional scouting pioneering projects include:

  • Camp gateway
  • Bridges
  • Dressers
  • Tables
  • Showers

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