Below are the requirements I completed for the Pioneering Badge
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In this video, I demonstrate 27 knots. The badge only requires the clove hitch, bowline, butterfly knot, roundturn with two half hitches, and the rolling hitch, but we chose an additional 22 useful knots to demonstrate.



On my San Gabriel River camping trip, I built a simple camp chair using only wood found on-site. It was decent for my first pioneering project, but the sticks were not reinforced enough, causing them to snap when I tried to sit on it.



In addition to the above, I also researched all the following areas and then completed a verbal presentation/interview to demonstrate my knowledge and understanding for each of them. 

Requirement: Explain the following…

  • Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you might encounter while participating in pioneering activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
  • Discuss the prevention of, and first-aid treatment for, injuries and conditions that could occur while working on pioneering projects, including rope splinters, rope burns, cuts, scratches, insect bites and stings, hypothermia, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, sunburn, and falls.
  • Explain the differences between synthetic ropes and natural fiber ropes. Discuss which types of rope are suitable for pioneering work and why. Include the following in your discussion: breaking strength, safe working loads, and the care and storage of rope.
  • Explain the uses for the back splice, eye splice, and short splice. View a demonstration on forming each splice.
  • Describe the lashings that are used when building a trestle, how the poles are positioned, and how X braces contribute to the overall structural integrity of a pioneering project.