Achievement Course: Knots
Recommended Ages: 10-18 years of age
Approximate Completion Time Frame: 2-4 months

In the 2nd century the bishop of Lyon, Saint Irenaeus, made the comparison of Eve and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He said, “the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.” (Adversus haereses, 3, 22) These knots are the many problems/sins that we face or bring upon ourselves during our lives. Pope Francis has a great devotion to Our Lady and encourages our devotion too.

Objective: To demonstrate a proficient skill level in knot tying.


There are dozens of knots that might be learned and never used in day to day life, so we have decided to focus on learning some common knots and to put them to good use.

Master all knots and lashings to build a useful apparatus for a Troop campout or activity. Consult with Troop leadership to see what the troop needs. Successfully instruct a Junior Cadet in how to tie 5 knots or lashings from the list below. Demonstrate to your father/guardian or Troop leadership how to tie all of the knots and lashings.

  1. Square Knot
  2. Sheet Bend
  3. Clove Hitch
  4. Timber Hitch
  5. Taught Line Hitch
  6. Trucker’s Hitch
  7. Bowline
    • Good for creating a fixed loop in the end of the rope. Used in boating and rescue work.
  8. Figure 8 Follow Through
  9. Square Lashing
  10. Round Lashing
  11. Tripod Lashing

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