The Top Five Scouting Knots
The knots that scouts are expected to know vary from time to time as well as from country to country, and even from troop to troop. Many knots must, of course, be the same as those taught elsewhere, e.g., for climbing or boating. They will be covered on this page but not at the top. The knots listed first will be those taught primarily to scouts and rarely taught elsewhere. These knots are used for “Pioneering” – knots used to tie rope/cord around spars/poles to fabricate frames and trestles.
The first two are essential when creating the Lashings which follow next. Dragging poles into places requires the Timber Hitch and securing the lashings requires a Clove Hitch. The remaining knots are useful generally and found in many other places.